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