Planning your Summer Adventures List in Florida is a must if you're looking to make the most of the warmer months while staying cool at the same time. We have so much to choose from with some of the best beaches in the world, but our State Parks are just as beautiful, if not more so! This state park nestled in nature near Orlando has the most crystal clear sapphire blue spring and it's absolutely stunning - you'll want to add it to your bucket list.
Rainbow Springs State Park in Dunnellon FL is an absolute gem when it comes to keeping cool and enjoying the water - The spring is about 72 degrees year round. The spring is the clearest shade of sapphire blue and is absolutely eye-popping. The water alone was enough to have us add this to our bucket lists. Rainbow Springs State Park is also home to the 6 mile-long Rainbow River for you to float all day in your tube.
You can see a few shots from the radiant Rainbow Springs and lush lazy river below:
If getting in the water isn't all your thing, along the canopy draped hiking paths and gardens you can see some stunning man-made waterfalls known as Rainbow Falls. Although they were man-made, they were formed using rocks from the Rainbow River - and all the water cycles back through to the river, so it's just an extension birthed from the natural beauty that already existed here. The falls were formed as a private tourist attraction back in the day before this place became a state park for all to enjoy. It has everything you need for a cool dip, a lazy day, or a serene hiking trip to be one with nature.
You can even camp here too if you want to disconnect for an entire weekend and fully enjoy every inch of nature at this state park. You can see some stunning photos from the gardens and waterfall hiking trails below:
If you're ready for the best day on the water or zen day with nature, Rainbow Springs State Park is Located at 19158 SW 81st Place Rd Dunnellon, FL 34432. They're open 8 am to Sunset every day of the week at the park - but their office hours vary; It's only $2 per person to enter, but if you plan to tube or camp the fees will vary so we always recommend contacting their offices or checking their website to plan your whole trip.
For more information, pricing, or to plan your trip, check their website here.
Disclaimer: We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit a potentially hazardous location, you check for the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.