What’s better than a gorgeous, crystal-clear swimming hole to escape The Sunshine State heat? One that only costs $2 to enter! And boy, are you getting your money's worth at Florida's Rainbow Springs State Park. With refreshingly cool water, waterfalls, and lazy rivers — what are you waiting for? Jump on in, the water’s fine!

Rainbow Head Springs is a picturesque Florida gem, the perfect getaway from noisy theme parks and the scorching sands of the beaches. You can dip your toes in this spring from 8 a.m. to sunset year-round, and admission is just $2.

You won’t want to miss the gorgeous waterfall or the lazy river either, which recently officially opened for tubing season. You can float your way down Rainbow River for 2 hours, where it eventually meets with the Withlacoochee River.

Cabin camping is also available, plus some great hiking trails for an all-out nature escape. You can rent kayaks, stand-up paddleboards (SUPs), and tubes to paddle or float your day away. Kayaks and SUPs are $16 an hour, or $50 for the day.

You can even paddle around on a canoe built for two for $22 an hour, or $60 for the day. The perfect excuse for an impromptu date idea with bae.

With all its natural beauty, Rainbow Springs is the perfect place to refresh, reconnect, and relax. But if you plan to go on the weekend, be prepared for a bit of a wait.

Narcity editor Cassandra Douglas confirmed that the park can have limited parking on the weekends. She waited two hours just to park last weekend but says it was totally worth the wait.

While the park is enjoyed today by both locals and tourists alike, it’s also steeped in history. Dinosaur fossils have been found here, and it was even a Florida amusement park back in the 1930s.

Now a designated National Natural Landmark, Rainbow Springs stays a cool 72 degrees year-round.

This gorgeous Florida State Park is a must-add to your summer bucket list, and for just $2, you can keep coming back to enjoy it again and again without breaking the bank.

Rainbow Springs

Price: $2 admission with additional experiences like tubing and paddleboarding available for an added fee.

Address: 19158 S.W. 81st Pl Rd., Dunnellon, FL

Why You Need To Go: You can enjoy this gorgeous state park without breaking the bank.


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.


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