About Spot :

In the 1920s, this spring was a favorite spot for tourists and locals. As the attraction grew, the river was dredged for glass bottom boat tours; and waterfalls were built on piles of phosphate tailings. A zoo, rodeo, gift shops and a monorail with leaf-shaped gondolas were added. In the mid-1970s, when larger theme parks lured the tourists away, Rainbow Springs was closed.

Rainbow Springs has served as an important natural resource for humans and animals for many years. At one time, mastodon and mammoth fossils were found in the Rainbow River, along with relics of the American Indians who used the river for transportation and fishing. Much later, in the early 20th century, men began mining the surrounding area for phosphate. The new industry brought a boom and the towns of Juliette and Dunnellon were founded. Juliette, once located on what is now park property, no longer exists, but Dunnellon continues to be an active community, welcoming visitors to enjoy area gems such as Rainbow Springs State Park.

The privately owned Rainbow Springs attraction opened in the 1930s, joining the ranks of family oriented venues that were bringing a great deal of tourism to Florida. The major highways in the state at the time were U.S. 1 on the east coast, U.S. 41/441/27 through the center of the state and U.S. 19 on the west coast. Attractions were often built along these highways and capitalized on the natural beauty of Florida, especially its springs. Before the building of the attraction, the Rainbow River was known at different times as Wekiwa Creek or Blue Run. ‘Rainbow River’ seemed more marketable and the names of the river and springs were changed to the names they bear today.

Today, the park consists of more than 1,470 acres and has three main entrances. The main park entrance is still on U.S. 41 and at the headsprings of the Rainbow River. The campground and tubing entrance are about seven miles away, by car. Both of these areas have new facilities and open up new recreational opportunities for park visitors. Stop for a visit and experience the Real Florida at Rainbow Springs State Park.

Spot Address : 19158 South West 81st Place Road Dunnellon, FL 34432
Neighboring Florida Trail Sale Communities:
Bushnell (36.39 mi NW)
Barberville (61.99 mi NW)
Deland (69.09 mi NW)
Lake City (75.88 mi NW)
Other Nearby Spots
Joe's Family Restaurant (19.61 miles)
Joe's Family Restaurant
This is the best place for breakfast in Inverness. If you get there before 10:30 am your coffee is free. Very clean restrooms, the whole restaurant is very clean. It's reasonably priced. However, the menu doesn't include everything. For example,
Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
The park showcases native Florida wildlife, including black bears, bobcats, white-tailed deer, American alligators, American crocodiles, and river otters. Featuring an underwater observatory for manatee viewing. Manatee programs are offered three times daily. At the Wildlife Encounter programs, snakes and
Silver Springs State Park
The natural beauty of Silver Springs has attracted visitors from around the world since the mid-19th century.

Silver Springs, one of the largest of Florida’s 33 first-magnitude springs, is made up of a group of springs that occur in the headwaters,
Magnolia Inn Bed & Breakfast
347 E 3rd Ave
Mt Dora, FL 32757
352.735.3800
Barberville Family Farm Swap and Market
Open the 1st & 3rd Saturdays of every month from 6 AM till around noon

Located on State Road 40 west just one mile west of Highway 17 in Barberville, Florida.


No Flea market type items for sale - no rummage sale items.

CURRENT NEGATIVE COGGINS TEST IS
Let Community Visitors Know Your Business Before They Arrive... on the Florida Sale Trail
[Questions: FloridaSaleTrail@gmail.com]
Join The Trail Today by Advertising Your Business with Link Below
Make payments with PayPal - it's fast, free and secure!