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One of the hidden pleasures in Florida

Fed by a large spring, Rainbow River begins here. There's a food pavilion and a large swimming... read more

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Clearwater, Florida

This is another great Florida State Park. The river is said to be the cleanest in all of Florida... read more

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19158 SW 81st Place Rd, Dunnellon, FL 34432-2463
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Reviewed yesterday

Fed by a large spring, Rainbow River begins here. There's a food pavilion and a large swimming "hole". And you can rent canoes and kayaks for a trip down river. The scenery down the river is wild, wonderful and calming and you can get off...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank RodWJ007
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is another great Florida State Park. The river is said to be the cleanest in all of Florida! But for camping one needs to be selective about which campsite on picks. Some campsites are nice and have partial shade and nice surrounding foliage. Other...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Oceanvuer
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to launch a kayak on the Rainbow River. $5 fee to launch. The River is beautiful...saw turtles, an alligator, annhinga, cormorants, and lots of pretty houses along the shore.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank jeannem6522
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This park is very special located on the Rainbow river. When the flowers are in bloom it’s sensational. Azaleas so beautiful. Come visit

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 181candyc
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a place where people generally would like to go to commune with nature and quiet. I drove into the parking lot and could hear the 200 decible road of a leaf blower that never ended. Some dude was slowly blowing leaves from the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Kathleen F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a beautiful place to go for a walk and have a picnic. There is also a place to swim and to go kayaking.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank digger-kitty
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Rainbow Springs is amazing. Beautiful clear water, great for swimming, tubing and kayaking. Their campground is also amazing. Nice large spaces with privacy.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank j58paddy
Reviewed November 3, 2018

We took newbie residents/friends of ours from the community we all live in...OTOW...to local attractions. Both John & Laura were pleasantly surprised at the blue-green water in the river. The four of us walked the trails, enjoyed the water-falls and took pictures of the beauty....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Janis H
Reviewed November 3, 2018

Ok, we didn’t take the tram or bike over to the spring head during our short stay … we just did a one night stay with our dog … but the camp site area is one of the best I’ve seen … the sites are...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Tom M
Reviewed October 19, 2018

Transparent water and cool spring. Inexpensive to enter park but bring swim device or rental can add up. Real Florida experiience

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank richard s
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November 11, 2018|
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Response from Liz R | Reviewed this property |
$2 per Person, children under 6, free. Includes swimming in the spring. Separate fees for kayak rentals.
October 31, 2018|
Response from CanesFanKen | Reviewed this property |
There are some houses down about a half mile or so but you can swim or snorkel the whole river. I routinely encounter divers when I'm swimming from our community park down to kp hole.
October 28, 2018|
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Response from ritas369 | Reviewed this property |
No you can’t but there are many places along Rainbow River that rent canoes, kayaks (tell them you have back problems and they will give you the “good” kayak with cushion seat and higher back), they also rent inner tubes if... More
Travel Forum Posts
Road Trip to Florida in January, RV or Car rental? (10 Replies)
We are planning to take a road trip in January for about 2 weeks From Miami > Key West > Okeechobee > Space Center > Orlando (Disney + Universal) > Mt Dora > DeLand > St Augustine > Rainbow Springs State Park > Tampa > Sunshine Skyway Bridge > Miami. Since we are 2 girls traveling by ourselves we were wondering if it's safe to rent an RV and stay at camping sites or should we just rent a car and stay at hotels... Plus what will be the cheaper option? ...More
September 10, 2018|
Response fromJon|
If you mean this coming January, you may already find most if not all campsites are sold out. Also, there is no place in Key West for an RV. And, if you aren't familiar with driving an RV -going over the Sunshine Skyway may be a challenge.
Douglasville, Georgia
A few questions re: Camping at Rainbow Springs SP in Feb. (5 Replies)
Now that I'm looking, I wonder if we should have stayed in Crystal River. Hmmm.... Is there lots of to around Rainbow Springs State Park? Should we try to kayak there/see manitees or should we venture to Three Sisters? We are 2 families with 4 teenagers, is there a "must see"? Is there a cool restaurant either in Dunnellon or Crystal Springs that we should try? Really, LOL....do you have any suggestions for us to make this a great trip?? Last Feb. we stayed at Manatee Springs...More
January 25, 2013|
Response fromgreenthum|
Crystal River Fl is a nice little town. Some of the "hot spots" are: Port Hotel and Marina (manatee tours, boat rentals, scuba, snorkeling tours) Birds Underwater- a tour Co. for manatees Kings Bay - the big bay where the hot springs are. Restaurants; Crackers restaurant and tiki bar, has live music. (waterfront) Cody's Steakhouse Rocco's Restaurant- the closest thing to fine dining, Italian food A small mall lots of golf courses Three Sister's Spring (the famous one) Homosassa...More
Saxapahaw, North Carolina
2 full days, but too much to see!! (6 Replies)
We have 2 full days, but there is just so much to see, we have to prioritize. Please help me!! We are 2 parents, 2 kids (10 & 7 years old) and Grandma. We are traveling at the end of March and while I know the manatees are leaving at that point, we are tied down to my dates, so we have to take our chances. We are camping in Rainbow Springs State Park and our main reason for visiting the area is to swim with the manatees. We have kayaks, so I was wondering if I can kayak and do our own...More
December 19, 2017|
Response fromJohn E|
Hi Amy, if you schedule it properly you will have plenty of time to do everything. Let me give you an idea about distances. Devil's Den is in Williston which is approximately 30 minutes drive north of Rainbow River State Park, Crystal River is roughly 30 minutes south of the park, and Weekie Wachee is about 35 minutes south of Crystal River. If you drive directly from Devil's Den to Crystal river, it is about a 45 minute drive south. It is possible to do 2 activities in the same day, but...More