Out There: Rainbow Springs

By Grant Rice,
Last Updated: Monday, July 17, 2017, 12:07 PM EDT

Before the days of Disney World and the many other huge theme park attractions scattered across the Sunshine State, freshwater springs like this were one of the main draws. While archaeological evidence suggests people have been visiting Rainbow Springs for nearly 10,000 years it didn't become a privately owned attraction until the 1930s.

In it's hay day Rainbows Springs was a large attraction with a small zoo on the grounds, a gondola-type monorail ride and even a unique boat that allowed visitors to view the springs underwater. The attraction thrived until the 1970s when the Florida interstate highway was built. The interstate passed by the small towns that hosted such attractions and newer, modern attractions in Orlando drew many away from the older parks. By 1974, Rainbow Springs was closed.

Rainbow Springs reopened in the 1990s as a state park and is eventually gained the designation of a National Natural Landmark. Today the park is still a popular destination drawing folks from far and wide to cool off in the year-round 72 degree water. While a dip in the cool spring water is a sure way to cool you down on a hot and humid Summer Florida day, the perfect way to conclude your visit to this awesome park is to spend a couple hours tubing down the crystal-clear Rainbow River!

Due to heavy popularity on weekends and holidays, the park may reach capacity and temporarily close so be sure to get there early for some fun in the Sun! This park has three different entrances including the main headsprings entrance, the campground entrance and the tubing entrance so plan your visit accordingly.

For more information about Rainbow Springs State Park visit their website or give them a call today at (352) 465-8555!

Rainbow Springs State Park is located at 19158 SW 81st Place Road in Dunellon.

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