Riding the Trails of Natural North Florida
Canoeing a Spring Run in Natural North Florida
Gator Football at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
Kanapaha Botanical Garden Gainesville
Southern Pines Blues and BBQ Competition
Sign at Suwannee River Rendezvous Mayo
Biking on the Saint Marks Trail
Kayaking on the Suwannee River Dixie Gilchrist Levy Counties
Monticello Opera House Southern Music Rising Festival
Historic Homes Walking Tour Monticello
Margorie Kinnan Rawlings State Park Cross Creek
Haunted Orbs at Denham House in Monticello
Panacea Blue Crab Festival
Great Fishing at Steinhatchee
Jousting at the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park and Museum White Springs
Ray Charles Monument Haffye Hayes Park Greenville
Four Freedoms Monument Madison
Steinhatchee Honeymoon Cottages
Heart of Palm Salad Cedar Key
UF Butterfly Rainforest Gainesville
Weekly Farmers Markets
Wakulla Springs Glass Bottom Boat Tour
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Central Florida Peanut Festival
10/04/14 visit website
The Peanut Festival is in its 23rd year. It features delicious food, assorted types of peanuts and peanut products, rides, music, crafts, antique tractors and the Little Peanut King & Queen, including the Baby Peanut Contest. A petting zoo, pony rides and free grilled PB & J sandwiches while they last!
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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
10/04/14 visit website
Dudley Farm Historic State Park - 9:30 am to 3:00 pm. Bed Turning featuring popular quilts representative of the Dudley era, 11 am-noon. Question & answers 1:00 pm. Historical skills demonstrations such as pine needle basket weaving, palm weaving, tatting, spinning, quilting, inkle loom & cornhusk brooms, 1 pm-3 pm. Also featuring the Levy Co Quilt Museum, quilts for sale, quilt-related vendors and more.
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.
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.