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Rainbow Springs State Park
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North Port, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“We had a blast!”
Reviewed October 28, 2013

We arrived after dark, around 9 p.m., and like all Florida state parks, had no trouble getting in and setting up. Our campsite didn't have any privacy, but we don't care. We also didn't have any trees, but fortunately it was a beautiful weekend, so it didn't matter. Our large pop up, one tent, 2 cars, and 7 people fit with plenty of room to spare. We were 2 sites away from the bathroom, so that was nice. The bathrooms were super clean, always stocked, and had plenty of hot water and nice, big showers. The campground was also very clean. We were in easy walking distance of the tube launch, which was awesome. It is a pretty, shaded walk. We had never tubed there before, and the ranger in the store was very polite and informative, letting me know exactly what to do. Renting our tubes was easy, and the trip down to the shuttle landing was super fun. The kids snorkeled and swam and my husband and I loved looking at the houses and the birds as we floated along. The tube exit was a little harrowing. Next time we'll be better prepared to tackle it. I recommend staying to the left, not waiting until the last second to get off your tube, and be very careful because the stairs are hard and very slippery. After the long walk back to the shuttle station, the shuttle dropped us off right at the campsites, which was great. The last morning there, we hung out at the river for a little bit. Everyone waded in and looked around, even though it's chilly water! There were people fishing, but no one caught anything. We had a great time and were happy with the campground. If you are looking for an easy way to tube, this is the place!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Tampa, Florida, United States
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Reviewed October 3, 2013 via mobile

We camped there this past weekend. The campsites were clean, big and relatively private. Restroom areas were clean. Campground had easy access to tubing which was nice. There was also a dock and small swimming area on site. The playground was in good shape. The pool is not in service and is not likely to ever be again from what we heard. It was a very easy drive to the actual state park and that was almost the best part. The park is beautiful. The waterfalls, greenery and easy walking paths were great. The headsprings almost take your breath away when you see it for the first time. The staff was so friendly. Admission to the park is free if you are camping so take your pass. You cannot tube from the headsprings area but you can swim. Also you can rent kayak/canoes. Tubing is seasonal so check first if that's important to you. We had a great time and will be back!!!!

Stayed September 2013
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Florida
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Reviewed August 24, 2013

We camped in August at the campground and tubed from the park using the rental company. We found the campground to be very clean and shower facilities in working order. The very small pool was out of order. There is a small playground and it was clean and in working order. Many of the spots on the outer parts of the loops offer nice nature views on the backside with plenty of vegetation between the sites. The sites are very RV or travel trailer friendly and the angles are setup to make back in a breeze. There are a few paved handicap spots and some pull through spots too. The tubing area was a quick few minute walk from the campground and the tram back is convenient. There are smaller tubes with bottoms for children. Most of the tubes had bits of string rope left on them and you could tie them together. If you absolutely need to tie them together to stay on the river as a group, then bring your own rope to loop through the tube handles. As another reviewer mentioned, be sure to use the campground’s directions since there are multiple entrances that are located on completely different streets.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 14, 2013

The campground is awful. The facilities are disgusting and the grounds are not well maintained. Stay somewhere else. The shower drains were backed up and the ill fitting shower curtains had mildew. Pool was gross and closed. Other campers ignore the signs and let their pets swim in the swimming area at the river.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Palm Beach Gardens
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Reviewed August 8, 2013 via mobile

Large campsites with fire ring, picnic table and sewer. Most sites shaded on left loop side of office not loop on right side of office. There are three entrances to campground. make sure you use campgroid directions that they send to you with your reservation as campground has its own separate entrance. Stores and restaurants less than 15 minutes away. Rented tubes at campground for two hour ride down river. $11 each and included tram back to campground. Don't forget to look for small sign that tells you were tube exit is or you will keep going down the river. Lots of fun. Great snorkeling. Just hold onto tube and float while you are snorkeling. Good to have rope to tie your groups tubes together. We tied a mesh bag to our rope to put our water bottles in. You will need water and lots of sunscreen.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Gainesville, FL
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Reviewed August 5, 2013 via mobile

This is a beautiful natural spring set on very lovely grounds. Like a botanical garden, it is a great place to stroll around on paved paths. There are waterfalls, lots to see, and a spot to swim in the cold water.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Rockaway, NJ
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Reviewed July 26, 2013 via mobile

I have never seen such clear water or color. Beautiful indeed. First part of the trip was the tubing, this is a VERY long ride. It took us 2 hours to finish and there is NO WAY OUT of it in the middle of it. We have 2 small children, one napped and one couldn't wait for it to be over, repeating over and over again "why would anybody do this? why would anybody choose to be stuck in a river?". So def not for kids under 10. I had the napping boy on me and the current took me under someone's deck and I had to be "rescued" by a passing tuber. Then I was stuck under a tree. Good grief! Then a tourist boat missed me by an inch as it was backing into the river. Thank God for another tuber that yelled louder than me to stop the driver. Tips: Bring a rope to stay with your
party. Pack a mosquito repellant for when getting out of the river and aloe vera for the sunburn.

Now the second and great part of the trip were the head springs. Use the same ticket from tubing to get in. This is the swimming part and the children really enjoyed it, it is deep so stop at the dollar tree and get yourself some noodles, otherwise they sell them for $3 a piece which ain't bad anyway. If you do not know how to float YOU NEED A FLOATING DEVICE.

Water temperature is perfect and you could see fish if you so desired. That freaks me out so I'd rather not know they're swimming around me. Bring mosquito repellant when heading to see the beautiful waterfalls. A must see

  • Stayed July 2013
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Property: Rainbow Springs State Park
Address: 18185 SW 94th St, Dunnellon, FL
Location: United States > Florida > Central Florida > Dunnellon
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Ranked #1 of 6 Specialty Lodging in Dunnellon
Number of rooms: 60
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Rainbow Springs State Park Hotel Dunnellon

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