Dunnellon Travel Guide

  • withlacoochee river
    withlacoochee river
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  • rainbow springs
    rainbow springs
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  • boom town historic district
    boom town historic district
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Dunnellon Things to Do

  • rainbow springs state park

    dunnellon's most visited tourist attraction is rainbow springs state park. originally the springs were called wekiwa by the seminoles and later blue springs by early white settlers. in the 1930's the springs were renamed rainbow springs because there were other springs in central florida also named blue and wekiwa. rainbow springs was developed as...

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  • withlacoochee river

    the withlacoochee river runs through the town of dunnellon. if you own a boat you can access the river at centennial park next to dunnellon city hall. the withlachoochee river runs 141 miles from the green swamp in central florida to the gulf of mexico near yankeetown.

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  • rainbow river

    the rainbow river runs from rainbow springs south to the withlacoochee river in downtown dunnellon. at the park you can rent canoes for a ride down this beautiful river.

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  • waterfalls

    in 1937 the developers of the rainbow springs tourist attraction built a number of man made waterfalls in the park. these water falls were made from rubble from nearby phosphate pits. the park offers a beautiful walking trail through this section of the park. see the attached pictures of some of the falls in the park.

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  • rainbow springs

    rainbow springs is a collection of springs that flow into the rainbow river. see the attached pictures for images of the side springs at rainbow springs state park.

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  • boom town historic district

    the dunnellon boom town historic district is bounded by mc kinney ave., illinois street, pennsylvania ave. and cedar street just west of US 41. the historic district has a collection of seventy historic homes and buildings. many of the homes are now antique shops and art galleries. for those interested in victorian architecture and shopping the...

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  • Kayaking on the Withlacoochee River

    Wildlife is abundant along the river. Deer, turkey, otter and alligator are common. Wood duck, wood stork, white ibis and anhinga can also be seen.The Withlacoochee is a "blackwater" river with the water stained brown by tannic acid from decaying vegetation. In its natural state the dark water shows good quality though it does carry more sediment...

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  • Boating on Rainbow Springs

    Lots of things to do at this park it is a flowing springs so you can float down the river at your leasure it takes the afternoon. You can camp and there is a place to launch your boat in several places along the river. You don't need any money for this trip, just bring a snack (in a zip lock bag) and a bottle of water. Just find a place along the...

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  • Rainbow River

    Either rent or bring your own Kayak or boat to fish, canoe or hunt on the Rainbow River. Float the crystal clear river. You can see the bottom and the fish swimming below.We accessed the Rainbow by way of the Withlacoochee River. It suddenly goes from "blackwater" to the clear water of the Rainbow. Simply beautiful!!

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Dunnellon Shopping

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    The Grumbles House: Antiques and Gifts

    by RhondaRuth Updated Apr 23, 2003

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    This is just one of the many little antiques and gifts shops in town. We walked about a few during their Boomstown Event. Very nice shops and VERY GOOD prices. If I could have, I would ask if purchases could be shipped home since I didn't have enough room in my suitcase, LOL!

    What to buy: Antiques or Gifts! Wonderful buys!!

    What to pay: cheap (I'm from Boston, so you know I'm use to paying a lot more for ANYTHING!)

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Dunnellon Warnings and Dangers

  • Watch out for Manatee

    There are Manatee in the Rainbow River and you must go thru the waters at a low speed when using a motor boat.We came across this sign when leaving the Withlacoochee waters for the Rainbow River. Didn't see any, but they're there!Here's a website with some beautiful pictures of Manatees ... just incase you've never seen one either!...

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  • It's the Law on Rainbow River...

    Attention:By law, disposable containers and alcoholic beverages are not allowed on the Rainbow River and are subject to heavy fines! All food and drink should be in NON-disposable containers! (such as Tupperware, thermos, gladware, plastic drinking cups, etc.)Just a warning ...

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Dunnellon Sports & Outdoors

  • Fishing on the Rivers

    The Withlacoochee and the Rainbow Rivers are certainly a fisherman's haven! Boat, Kayak, fishing gear, and sunscreen! Bug spray might be good to have also.

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  • Kayaking

    Float the crystal clear, pristine river. If you don't have your own kayak or canoe, rentals are available. Bring a lunch or snack in NON-disposable containers only. No sandwich bags, etc. See my Warning Tip!

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Dunnellon Favorites

  • Boomtown Days

    Join in the festivities of local events. This was a fun one with shopping, eating and music on the streets. A neat old car show and competition as well. Laughing at the reaction to my Boston Accent. I can't help it, I've got one and I know I'll get a comment or a chuckle whenever I speak. I don't even notice it until someone repeats what I just...

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  • Shop til you Drop

    See the Dunnellon Chambers web site or The Grumbles House web site for a list of their events and happening through out the year. We happened to be there for "BOOMTOWN DAYS IN DUNNELLON" with music, food, and sidewalk sales. What fun and bargains we found! Many of the little Antique & Gifts shops were open as well. Looking around the shops in town...

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