Rainbow Springs Tour
This could be the end of the rainbow! This tour combines the best of two adventures – kayaking and snorkeling. Within the grasses and bubbling springs of the Rainbow River, you’ll encounter a wide variety of freshwater fish, wildlife, and plants. It’s like having an aquarium in the great outdoors! Wildlife is abundant, including many birds, river otters, painted turtles, deer, and bullfrogs, which can be heard during the early morning hours. Just bring your snorkeling gear, and we’ll handle the rest, including transportation.There is a minimum total group size of 6 people for this tour to launch.
Where is Rainbow Springs?
Rainbow Springs in located outside of Dunnellon, Florida (170 miles northwest of the Sarasota/Bradenton area) where the Rainbow River flows from Rainbow Springs into the Withlacoochee River. Refresh in the crystal-clear waters of Rainbow Springs, which are a constant 72 degrees year round. Rainbow Springs is considered a first magnitude spring that is ranked fourth in the state for discharge volume.
What is there to see on the Rainbow Springs Tour?
Among the wildlife on this tour, you can see river otters, turtles, alligators and many types of birds including Hummingbirds, Red-shouldered Hawks, Swallow-tailed Kites, Osprey, Barred Owls and various water birds. At the entrance to the state park, there are waterfalls and phosphate pits from former open mining activity. There also used to be a small zoo complex in the gardens around the Headsprings. Some of the facilities still exist but are no longer used. At the entrance there is a small visitors center, shop, snack bar and restrooms, located on the hillside above Rainbow Springs with beautiful views of the Rainbow River.
Do I need my own snorkeling equipment?
Yes, if you choose to snorkel downstream with the current on the second half of the tour, you will need fins, mask and a snorkel.
Are there bathrooms and changing facilities available?
Yes, there are restrooms and changing areas at the beginning and end of the tour as well as the Rainbow Springs State Park entrance facilities.
Are transportation and lunch included in the cost of the tour?
Yes, transportation and park entrance fees are included in the cost of the tour. A designated meeting point will be determined when you book your tour. Lunch is available (for an additional cost) at the Rainbow Springs Visitors’ Center or you can pack a lunch.
What should I bring?
We highly recommend bringing a few bottles of water and items that you would normally have while you are out in the sun (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses). Cameras are okay, but we suggest putting them in a plastic container. You may want to bring a bagged lunch or some extra money for snacks at the concession stand. A dry change of clothes is also recommended for the ride home. If you would like to snorkel, please remember your fins, mask and snorkel. Due to the strictly-enforced State regulations, disposable items are not allowed on the River. This includes, plastic bags, soda/water bottles, paper products.
What should I wear?
Most people wear t-shirts, shorts and/or bathing suits. During the winter months we suggest a light wind breaker or a sweat shirt depending on the temperature and the wind conditions. The most important thing is to be comfortable. As for shoes, wear something that you don’t mind getting wet - flip flops, water shoes, or old sneakers are ideal.
Is the Rainbow Springs Tour for me?
This tour is ideal for anyone looking to combine kayaking and snorkeling in one of Florida’s premier fresh-water springs. The breathtaking views and crystal-clear waters make this tour top-ranked among our customers.
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Rainbow Springs is located outside of Dunnellon, (170 miles northwest of the Sarasota/Bradenton area) where the Rainbow River flows from Rainbow Springs into the Withlacoochee River.