City of Dunnellon Rainbow River RULES
(NO disposables allowed on the river)
Alcohol is not permitted.
Coolers are subject to search.
Disposable containers (such as cans, plastics, glass, plastic foam or paper) are not permitted on the
Rainbow River, items must be in reusable containers.
Littering is prohibited
If you can “throw it away” you can’t take it on the river.
Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?
No reservations required! Both of our boats are available during normal business hours. Each boat tour is approx. 60 minutes. You could expect one of the boats to arrive and depart from the dock approx. every 30 minutes. Keep in mind, this is a public dock so we can only stay docked for a short period of time, so be ready to depart.
Cash payment of $20 is collected prior to boarding. The price is the same for all passengers and both boats.
How many passengers can be aboard the tours?
Our 1934 boat can legally operate with 12 passengers plus two crew members because we hold a current USCG COI. However, we decided to limit her to 6 passengers just like our other boat.
Where do we park?
Parking is very limited in the area. Plan ahead so you can find parking. The parking lot at the ramp is mainly for vehicles with boat trailers so please don't park in a spot designated as such.
Are you open on the weekeds?
No! The public boat dock gets very busy on the weekends and it's only fair that everyone gets use of it. For this reason we only operate Monday thru Thursday when there is less people using the dock.
Do you cancel tours due to bad weather?
We do not operate in inclement weather.
Is the tour narrated?
Join us for one of our relaxing non-narrated tours. Just sit back and take in the scenery undisturbed of narration. Bring your camera and get a shot of the wildlife. You will relax to swing and jazz music from the 1930's - 40's aboard the historical boat as you take in the scenic beauty both above and below the water. The glass bottom pontoon plays a mix of fun island and reggae music.
Is there a restroom on the boat?
No, there is no restroom aboard the boats. There is a restroom at the dock for your convenience.
Is the boat a U.S. Coast Guard inspected vessel?
Yes, the 1934 historical boat is. We proudly hold a COI which is a certificate of inspection from the USCG for commercial passenger vessels. The Coast Guard inspects the boat annually and the crew trains for emergencies monthly. Each crew member is enrolled in the Maritime Consortium which is mandatory and random drug tests are given. The captain holds a USCG 100-ton Masters License including other endorsements, lifetime FCC license and certificates in CPR and first aid. The USCG mandates very strict rules for COI'd vessels that are licensed as a small passenger vessel. Our 2nd boat, the glass bottom pontoon boat is not. She is what's known as a 6-pack boat which does not require USCG inspections. However, we hold her to the same rigorous standards for your safety.
Will we be able to see through the glass bottom?
Yes, in the Rainbow River portion of the tour.
Can we bring wine or beer on the boat?
Alcohol is not permitted
Is the tour boat handicap accessible?
Unfortunately, neither of our boats are handicap accessible.
Is smoking permitted during the tour?
No. Smoking is not permitted anywhere on the boats.
Are pets allowed on the boat?
No animals are allowed aboard the boats except for 'service animals' defined by the ADA. You are required to provide notification in writing at or prior to the time the boat departs if you are intending to bring a service animal aboard.
Our insurance company does not to allow the boarding of emotional support animals (ESA) or the family pet.
All passengers must agree to the following prior to booking:
To participate in this activity, one must have the ability to follow verbal and/or visual instructions independently or with the assistance of a companion, board and disembark from the boat independently or with the assistance of a companion, and sit on a moving vessel independently or with the assistance of a companion. In the event of a capsize one must have the ability to get out from under the watercraft independently and right oneself and remain face up in the water with the aid of a personal flotation device. You must have the ability to traverse stair steps and sloped ramps independently or with the assistance of a companion.