This article was originally published in March 2019.
We just welcomed the beginning of spring, which means the intense Florida heat will soon be upon us. Thankfully the Sunshine State is surrounded with nearly endless bodies of water to cool off in; but one place in particular stands out from the rest: Rainbow River.
Located in Dunnellon, Florida, this bright blue waterway has become a hotspot for tourist who come to awe over the crystal clear water and locals who come to unwind after a busy work week in the best way possible, on a two-hour lazy river journey.
While Rainbow Springs State Park offers an array of activities including swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, canoeing, and other land-based recreational activities, tubing down their natural freshwater lazy river is undoubtedly what this park is best known for.
You can either rent an innertube or bring your own and the cost to tube is $20 which includes the tram ride to the tubing entrance so, after your journey, you end up back to your point of origin. Entrance into the park is an additional $2 per person.
The water temperature averages 72 degrees year round, making it the perfect place for a dip during those 90-degree days. Not to mention the turquoise clear water alone is super inviting.
The park is open 365 days a year, but they only offer tubing from April to November. They will be opening the first Saturday in April, and continuing only on weekends from 8am-3:30pm, then from Memorial Day to Labor Day they will be open 7 days a week, 8am - 3:30pm.
Parking is free but spots fill up fast! The park is located at 10830 SW 180th Ave Rd, Dunnellon, FL 34432.
More information is available on their website here.
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