Rainbow River, Florida

Rainbow River, Florida
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Rainbow River Florida

 

Rainbow River, situated in the southwest of Marion County Florida, is formed by a first magnitude spring. The spring is made up of several vents that spurt out hundreds of millions of gallons of fresh crystalline water. It ranks fourth place in the state for the largest volume of discharge. There are also smaller springs flowing from rock crevices and caves to the river.


The Rainbow Springs State Park, anchored at the headwaters of the river, is home to various species of flora and fauna. Every year, the destination attracts tourists and locals who want to relax by swimming, canoeing, going on a picnic or by strolling along the beautiful path ways of the park.


In the 1880s, the springs became popular when a discovery of hard rock phosphate was made.

During this period, Juliette, a small community, flourished in the area, which was developed into a tourist attraction in the 1930s.

 

The hotspot peaked during the 1960s when riverboat rides, glass-bottom boat rides, log raft rides, an aviary, a monorail system, a submarine boat tours, a horse rodeo, a gift shop and a cafe were added. However, the place closed down in 1974 when tourists began flocking to a new attraction - Disney World.
In 1972, the Rainbow River was labeled a Registered Natural Landmark. In 1986, it was designated as an Aquatic Reserve, and in 1987, an "Outstanding Florida Waterway".

 
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