North Florida

Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park

This post contains affiliate links. We may earn a small commission if you decide to make a purchase through these links, at no additional cost to you. Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park is one of North Florida’s many pristine natural springs. The crystal clear, 72-degree fresh water is perfect for swimming, snorkeling and paddling. And …

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San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park

Enjoy the peace and quiet of one of Florida’s largest mature hardwood forests on the trails of San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park. The 7,360-acre preserve provides plenty of opportunities for hiking, biking and horseback riding. San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park is divided into two sections. The southern entrance to the park (located four miles …

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Sweetwater Wetlands Park

Sweetwater Wetlands Park offers a unique way to experience nature in Gainesville, FL, but is also important to the health of Florida’s water and other ecosystems. The park was created in 2015 to improve the water quality of wetlands in Paynes Prairie and the Floridan Aquifer. It consists of more than 125 acres of wetlands and …

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Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park is a unique Florida state park just outside of Gainesville. The park encompasses over 21,000 acres of Florida wetlands and prairie, miles of hiking trails and a campground. Wildlife Viewing and Hiking One of the most exciting things about Paynes Prairie is the wildlife. Visitors can experience wild-roaming bison and …

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How to See Manatees in Florida

Manatees are one of Florida’s most beloved animals, and many people visit Florida hoping to see manatees during their trip. These gentle giants spend most of their lives grazing and floating around Florida’s springs and rivers. If you’re looking to catch a glimpse of our State Marine Mammal, we’ve rounded up our favorite ways to …

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Florida Summer Food Festivals 2019

It’s June in Florida which means it’s time for summer barbecues and cold drinks in the shade. Trying to escape the heat during the summer usually leads to hanging out at the pool, the beach or river. But Florida has a ton of great summer food festivals where you can cool off with tasty drinks …

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