Rainbow Springs State Park just north of Dunnellon is an amazing nature preserve that holds a variety of ecosystems such as hammocks, mixed forests, flatwoods, and sandhills. It’s also home to transparent waters from the springs and a number of wildlife species that might pop up if you’re lucky!

For many years, Rainbow Springs State Park has been a popular destination in Florida, but what most visitors don’t know is that it’s estimated that people have been using these springs for the past 10,000 years! The nature preserve is home to seasonal wildflowers, captivating trees, and different animal species such as gray squirrels, red-shouldered hawks, swallowtail kites, and whitetail deer. The park also offers many things to do for those who want to explore the springs and its surroundings.

As you arrive at the park, you're presented with tons of activities for you and your family. You can take a dip in its fascinating waters or rent a kayak and explore nearby areas. There’s also a tubing entrance 9 miles away where you can rent tubes and float along the river back. Other popular activities include camping, bird watching, wildlife viewing, picnics, and hiking. The park is open 365 days a year from 8 a.m. until sunset, and you can visit their website for the tubing schedule, park fees, and camping details.

If you’re a nature lover, be sure to check out the Rainbow Springs State Park in Dunnellon; you can thank us later! If you have already visited the park, let us know your experience in the  comments below, and stay up-to-date on things to to do in North Central Florida by registering on 352area.


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