If a rainbow’s end was ever found, you’d likely find Rainbow Springs State Park at the end rather than a pot of gold; and trust us, you’d choose this park over gold. Located in the Mid-North part of Florida, Rainbow Springs offers more than just the breathtaking azalea bloom during Spring, or the countless tropical waterfalls found all around the park. Wildlife flock here as well as outdoors men who want to take a stroll on the Great Florida Birding Trail, or refresh their senses in the crystal clear teal waters of the headsprings.

There are beautiful rental apartments you can stay in while visiting. You can choose from luxury housing suites to more inexpensive options. Instead of the usual hotel, book a rental loft or fully furnished apartment so you can live like the locals. Either way, Rainbow Springs offers something for everyone, making it our #8 pick for Florida’s best State Parks to visit in the spring.

Archaeological evidence indicates that people have been using this spring for nearly 10,000 years. Rainbow Springs is Florida's fourth largest spring and, from the 1930s through the 1970s, was the site of a popular, privately-owned attraction. The Rainbow River is popular for swimming, snorkeling, canoeing, and kayaking. Canoes and kayaks can be rented at the headsprings. A picnic area at the spring includes tables, grills, and pavilions. For large gatherings, private pavilions can be reserved. Tubing is not allowed in the headsprings area of the park.