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Top 5 things to do During Your Visit to Rainbow Springs

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Top 5 Things to do During Your Visit to Rainbow Springs

We often get asked about other fun things to do in the Rainbow Springs area so we’ve come up with our top 5 list to help you plan your trip!

  1. Visit Rainbow Springs State Park

Exploring Rainbow Springs State Park is a must do on your next visit! From the Get Up and Go Kayaking Rainbow Springs launch location at KP Hole, the State Park is only a short 10 minute drive up the road. Once you arrive at the State Park, you will need to pay a $2 entrance fee that allows you access to all of the parks facilities. Walking into the park, you will instantly feel engulfed by all of the beautiful and natural surroundings. A few of our top pick activities to choose from include: having a picnic on the lawn, taking a hike, seeing the waterfalls, or taking a swim in the crystal clear waters of the freshwater spring. There is something so peaceful about being surrounded by nature, and embracing the beautiful scenery the Rainbow Springs State Park offers!

2. Camping

In addition to the Rainbow Springs State Park headspring area, the park also offers camping options if you choose! The campground has 60 sites for both RVers and tent campers. Reservations must be made 1 day ahead of arrival and can be made up to 11 months in advance. For more information and booking we recommend visiting the Rainbow Springs State Park website.

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3. Top Restaurants

We love when guests ask us “what’s the best place to eat after our tour at Rainbow Springs?”. The team at Rainbow Springs has 3 top pick restaurants in Dunnellon, FL. #1. Swampy’s Bar & Grille – the perfect spot if you are looking for a restaurant outside that has a little bit of everything to eat. Swampy’s sits right along the banks of Rainbow River which gives you the perfect relaxing view while you enjoy a bite to eat. Speaking of right along the river, we also love #2. Blue Gator – if you are looking for seafood we suggest pulling up to this dockside restaurant. It is only a 10 minute drive from our launch location at KP Hole. Last but not least for all of you pizza lovers #3. Valentino’s Pizza & Restaurant – a 3-generation Italian family owned restaurant that lives up to its slogan “Made with Love”, and man do we LOVE it!

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4. Zip Lining

Looking for an adventure packed FULL weekend? We have you covered! Take a visit to The Canyons Zip Line & Adventure Park. To give you a taste of their tours, their Big Cliff Canyon tour offers a world famous 1,100 foot zip all the way across Lost Spring Lake… WOW!  While their Treetop Express Tour and Sky High Tour will take you soaring through Sky High Canyon and over Gator Lake! Who’s ready for one EPIC weekend?! Check out their website for more details on each of the different tours they offer.

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5. Visit Ocala Petting Zoo

Not only can you see a variety of wildlife on your clear kayak tour at Rainbow Springs, the Ocala Petting Zoo is a great stop if you are looking for a full day of FUN around animals! Petting Zoo Ocala is located in the heart of Ocala, and only about a 15 minute drive from our launch location of KP Hole in Dunnellon FL. The zoo offers a variety of kid-friendly farm animals for viewing, petting and feeding. To name a few of the animals you might get to meet, they have anything from alpacas, llamas, camels, lemurs, squirrel monkeys, pigs, horses, sheep, ducks, donkeys, emus and peacocks… OH MY! They are open everyday of the week – weekdays from 10AM – 4PM, and weekends from 10AM – 5PM. Tickets $10 for adults and $8 for children. We hope you enjoy your time exploring Ocala!

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