Check Out One of the Best Vacation Spots in Florida!

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Check Out One of the Best Vacation Spots in Florida!

Jake Ruffing, Lifestyle Editor

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Rainbow Springs is a State Park in Dunnellon, Florida with many activities and fun things to do!

Rainbow Springs is a forest town planted in between the giant cypress trees in Florida. This location is under the radar and this small town only has a population of 2000 people! Now that is pretty private. Right in the middle is a nice little creek where you will be doing most of your activities. For example kayaking! The state park has an average temperature of 72 degrees and will not get much hotter. Which is very nice considering it is in Florida. The park is a total of 1,470 acres that is over 100 miles of land! Make sure you pack stuff for your day trip. Just a bag full of sunscreen, water, food and other necessities you may need for your trip. Here is a list of some other things you may need to bring! 

  • Binoculars (for the bird watching)
  • Your furry little friend (dogs are allowed, but not in swimming areas or in buildings)
  • Swimsuit
  • Goggles
  • Camera (this park has some Instagram gold!)
  • Sneakers (for hiking)

Now that you have your list, let’s get going!

 

The park from Wellington, Florida to Dunnellon, Florida is about 3 and a half hours so make sure you go to the bathroom before you get into the car. On the way to the State Park, there is a food joint called Swampy’s Bar and Grille. It has delicious burgers and fries, and something a little more exotic for those willing. Gator bites. Yup chicken nugget sized grilled gator. I haven’t tried them but I think they would taste pretty good. Swampy’s also has some activities because they are right on a river. These activities include a lazy river, canoeing, kayaking, and tubing! Just 15 minutes away from the park!

 

If you are planning to stay overnight there are some campgrounds about 6 miles away from when you first enter the park. This means you will have to pack extra though, so make sure to bring a toothbrush and extra water you do not want to be dehydrated. Ever. Trust me it does not feel good. The swimming area is about 5-18ft including a kiddie pool. Another activity you could do (my favorite) is fish! They have bass and many other fish to catch. Maybe you can beat the record for the largest fish caught!

 

All-in-all Rainbow Springs is a great day-trip and you should definitely go over the weekend or Summer Break. If you want to go, here is the address. There are still many things I could’ve mentioned but there is simply just too much to do here. So I do encourage you to do more research on the park even though I summarized it.

Rainbow State Park

Location: 19158 SW 81st Place Rd., Dunnellon FL 34432

Hours: 8 a.m. – Sunset, 365 days

Fees: $2/person | Children under 6 are free