Sign at Suwannee River Rendezvous Mayo
Riding the Trails of Natural North Florida
Kanapaha Botanical Garden Gainesville
Kayaking on the Suwannee River Dixie Gilchrist Levy Counties
UF Butterfly Rainforest Gainesville
Gator Football at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
Heart of Palm Salad Cedar Key
Jousting at the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire
Wakulla Springs Glass Bottom Boat Tour
Margorie Kinnan Rawlings State Park Cross Creek
Four Freedoms Monument Madison
Canoeing a Spring Run in Natural North Florida
Historic Homes Walking Tour Monticello
Great Fishing at Steinhatchee
Steinhatchee Honeymoon Cottages
Weekly Farmers Markets
Haunted Orbs at Denham House in Monticello
Ray Charles Monument Haffye Hayes Park Greenville
Biking on the Saint Marks Trail
Monticello Opera House Southern Music Rising Festival
Southern Pines Blues and BBQ Competition
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park and Museum White Springs
Panacea Blue Crab Festival
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Kirby Family Farm's Lost Railroad
Learn the story of an old Carnival train that derailed off it’s tracks, just south of the little town of Williston during a terrible storm. When the townspeople came out the next morning it had completely disappeared. Or did it? Come masterfully navigate your way through our Mega Maze of Fun, and see if you can discover the Lost Railroad! Climb aboard our Historical 1800’s Locomotive & Railroad and hold on tight! All ages will enjoy this adventure as it’s not too Scary, but kinda Spooky! It’s Fall family fun like never before!
Specific run dates are: Oct 10,11,16,17,18,23,24,25,30,31 & Nov 1.
Cane Boil & FiddleFest
11/29/14 visit website
Every November on the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend: Saturday, November 29, 2014, from 9am-4pm.
Experience life in 1870’s North Central Florida at Morningside Nature Center Living History Farm. Visitors can sample fresh cane syrup and homemade biscuits, experience live folk music, farm animals and much more! The Longleaf Pine Youth Fiddle Contest will take place during the Annual Cane Boil, thus bringing together the traditions of giving thanks and fall harvest with a music tradition that has been so influential throughout the South.
Make this event part of your Thanksgiving weekend tradition!
Smithsonian's Traveling Exhibit - Museum On Main Street
Museum On Main Street (MOMS) is a partnership between the Smithsonian Institute and State humanities councils nationwide that serves small-town museums and their patrons. This is a one-of-a -kind access to Smithsonian exhibitions and educational humanities programs. Like all MOMS exhibitions, THE WAY WE WORKED was specifically designed for students and families to "Think About It", "Let's Talk About It", "Let's Listen" and "Let's Watch" through visual displays as well as audio and view of video throughout the exhibition. The Cedar Key Historical Society Museum & the City of Cedar Key will host the Smithsonian traveling exhibit for six weeks from Sept 13-Oct 24, 2014. Cedar Key was chosen with only five other cities in Florida to host the Smithsonian Museum On Main Street exhibition. Cedar Key Library - Smithsonian Exhibit - "THE WAY WE WORKED" Cedar Key Historical Museum - "How We Worked Then & Now" Cedar Key Museum State Park *entry fee Cedar Key Aquaculture Association & University of Florida - IFAS Clam Farming Exhibit & Touch Tank
Light Up Williston-Christmas
12/06/14 visit website
Watch Santa come to town on an elephant! Take a quick trek to the Christmas lighting ceremony, held in Heritage Park, 444 NW Main Street immediately following the parade. This exciting evening includes Christmas entertainment along with food and beverages available.
High Springs Annual Fall Festival
10/25/14 visit website
Put on your sun hats and walking shoes and join us Saturday, October 25, for our annual High Springs Fall Festival. Located at James Paul Park behind City Hall and downtown Main St. Here you will find a variety of vendors featuring food, crafts, fine art, nonprofit groups and our local business expo. Children of all ages will enjoy our Kids' Korral bounce houses and slides, bungy swing, pumpkin decorating, coloring and other activities. Wear your Halloween costumes at 2:00 p.m. for a chance to win a spot for you and your family in our Christmas Parade. Shop the Farmers' Market and enjoy music from local musicians all day long on 2 different stages. Free admission 10:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. Please call the Visitors' Center at 386-454-3120 for more event and contest information.
33rd Downtown Festival & Art Show
The nationally recognized Downtown Festival & Art Show transforms downtown Gainesville into a venue for award-winning artists and draws a crowd of more than 100,000. Presented by the City of Gainesville Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, the festival celebrates its 33rd anniversary in 2014. For two days, visitors can leisurely stroll through historic downtown and marvel at works from more than 250 of the nation’s most talented artists, who display their original oils and acrylics, vibrant watercolors, captivating sculptures, dazzling jewelry, decorative ceramics and vivid photography. With such a diverse array of unique art displayed for sale and competition, the Downtown Festival & Art Show is a great way to purchase one-of-a-kind art for you or a friend.
Aunt Louise's Farm
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OPENING DAY IS ALMOST HERE!
THE MAZE IS OPENING OCTOBER 11, 2014.
WE WILL BE OPEN SATURDAYS 10-6
AND SUNDAYS 2-6 THRU NOVEMBER 22, 2014
THE ENTRY FEE IS ONLY $5 PER PERSON, CHILDREN 2 AND UNDER ARE FREE. THIS FEE INCLUDES ALL THE FARM ACTIVITIES: THE CORN MAZE, CORN PIT, BARREL TRAIN, HAY RIDE, MEETING ALL THE ANIMALS, PICNIC AREA, AND GOOD OLE FARM FUN.
WE DO HAVE OTHER ITEMS AVAILABLE FOR SALE SUCH AS CONCESSIONS, PUMPKINS, & ANIMAL TREATS. OUR COUNTRY STORE OFFERS JAMS, JELLIES, GIFT ITEMS, POUND CAKE IN A JAR, PEAR BREAD, AND MORE.
MAKE US A FAMILY TRADITION.
WE ARE JUST 20 MILES EAST OF TALLAHASSEE
8101 WAUKEENAH HWY
MONTICELLO, FL 32344
10th Annual Florida Bat Festival
10/25/14 visit website
The Annual Florida Bat Festival is an opportunity for attendees to view giant fruit bats, tour the conservancy grounds and enjoy the great outdoors while learning about how fruit bats benefit environments and ecosystems worldwide. The 2013 festival welcomed over 4,300 guests and attendance is expected to increase this year. The conservancy is not open to the general public on a regular basis, so this event is a rare opportunity for wildlife lovers to see our bats up-close.
The bats at Lubee boast wingspans of up to 6 feet across. Guests will get to observe how the bats interact with each other, play with their toys and eat a variety of fruits and vegetables, a truly unique sight. Food and refreshments, and “batty” merchandise (including bat houses) will be available for purchase at the event. Also, other local environmental organizations will offer educational materials at their booths spread across the beautiful grounds of the conservancy.
The festival is a fun, relaxing and recreational experience for the whole family with free activities, including bat-themed crafts and games for kids, educational exhibits, bouncy huts provided by Space Walk and presentations by bat experts. All proceeds of the festival help support bat conservation and education programs. The festival is held at Lubee Bat Conservancy, a 110-acre ranch, located at 1309 N.W. 192nd Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32609.
Admission is free, although donations are encouraged. For more information, please email us at email@example.com.
Boo at the Zoo
10/31/14 visit website
The Zoo will OPEN at 3:00PM on October 31, 2014. We are scheduled to be closed from 9:00AM - 3:00PM in order to transform the zoo into a spooky but safe trick or teat event for the whole family.
We apologize in advance for any inconvenience.
Admission to the Trick or Treat Event:
1 can of food per person. Canned goods will be donated to local food banks.
Kirby Farm's Christmas Express
Kirby Family Farm is transformed into a Christmas wonderland, an unforgettable holiday attraction the whole family can enjoy. There are lots of activities to see and do including the featured train ride through thousands of Christmas lights pulled by an old-fashioned, full size 1800’s locomotive, one of only three just like her still in operation in the world.
Specific Run Dates: Nov 28,29,30, Dec 5,6,7,12,13,14,19,20,21,22,23,26,27 & 28. Christmas hours also 5:30pm-10 pm.
12/06/14 visit website
Dudley Farm Historic State Park - See an original Florida working farm from the post Civil War to the 1940s as they grind sugar cane using mule power and boil it into syrup. Old-time craft demonstrations including woodworking, blacksmithing and butter churning, quilt drawing, children's activities and toys, old-time music and vendors are featured on this living history day. 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Welcome To Natural North Florida -- the original Florida tourism destination.
There are off-beat and old-fashioned towns to explore where you can still savor a slice of life from bygone days. This region is also home to the largest collection of natural springs in the world, amazing sunsets, wonderfully quiet recreational rivers and trails, and world-class flora and fauna. With no crowds and no palm trees, it'll alter your stereotypes of the state. As you wander along the tree-lined and scenic roads winding through the region, you'll forget that you are in the fourth largest state in the US.
It's a "come as you are" kind of place, where you'll find people very down home yet very sophisticated, natural and nice, all at once.