Southern Pines Blues and BBQ Competition
Southern Pines Blues and BBQ Competition
Sign at Suwannee River Rendezvous Mayo
Sign at Suwannee River Rendezvous Mayo
Great Fishing at Steinhatchee
Great Fishing at Steinhatchee
Biking on the Saint Marks Trail
Biking on the Saint Marks Trail
Kanapaha Botanical Garden Gainesville
Kanapaha Botanical Garden Gainesville
Gator Football at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
Gator Football at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
Steinhatchee Honeymoon Cottages
Steinhatchee Honeymoon Cottages
Jousting at the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire
Jousting at the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire
Canoeing a Spring Run in Natural North Florida
Canoeing a Spring Run in Natural North Florida
Kayaking on the Suwannee River Dixie Gilchrist Levy Counties
Kayaking on the Suwannee River Dixie Gilchrist Levy Counties
Haunted Orbs at Denham House in Monticello
Haunted Orbs at Denham House in Monticello
Monticello Opera House Southern Music Rising Festival
Monticello Opera House Southern Music Rising Festival
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park and Museum White Springs
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park and Museum White Springs
Heart of Palm Salad Cedar Key
Heart of Palm Salad Cedar Key
Ray Charles Monument Haffye Hayes Park Greenville
Ray Charles Monument Haffye Hayes Park Greenville
Four Freedoms Monument Madison
Four Freedoms Monument Madison
Margorie Kinnan Rawlings State Park Cross Creek
Margorie Kinnan Rawlings State Park Cross Creek
Wakulla Springs Glass Bottom Boat Tour
Wakulla Springs Glass Bottom Boat Tour
Riding the Trails of Natural North Florida
Riding the Trails of Natural North Florida
UF Butterfly Rainforest Gainesville
UF Butterfly Rainforest Gainesville
Panacea Blue Crab Festival
Panacea Blue Crab Festival
Historic Homes Walking Tour Monticello
Historic Homes Walking Tour Monticello
Weekly Farmers Markets
Weekly Farmers Markets

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Nature Coast Civil War Reenactment

03/14/15-03/15/15
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Experience the History of the Civil War like never before! The Kirby Family Farm is very proud to present the Nature Coast Civil War Reenactment again this year. One of the largest reenactments in the Sunshine State, the Battle features a full size historical locomotive on Florida’s largest private railroad. Before the Battle there’s a whole day of fun including period music, daily artillery or mortar demonstrations, Union and Confederate camps, sutlers, optional historic tram ride, authentic artifacts, and more. Enjoy a train ride through the battlefield and camps.

Jest Fest!

03/29/15 
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Celebrate hilarity, experience the derring-do, and feel the thrill of this free, family friendly spring festival. Jest Fest! presents world acclaimed comedy/variety and cirque-style entertainment. Jest Fest! is an experience not to be missed!

Kirby Family Farm's Rock-N-Roll Easter Train

03/28/15-03/29/15
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Hop on down to the Kirby Family Farm for our Easter Egg Hunt, Bunny Trail, Rides, Games, Spring Farm Babies Petting area, meet the Easter Bunny and of course climb aboard The Kirby Family Railroad, a full size 1800’s locomotive, one of only three just like her still in operation in the world.

Kanapaha Spring Gardens Festival

03/21/15-03/22/15
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Spring Garden Festival: March 21 (9am - 5pm) & 22 (10am - 5pm) 2015 This is Gainesville's premier horticultural event. The Spring Garden Festival features about 175 booths offering plants, landscape displays, garden accessories, arts and crafts, educational exhibits and, of course, foods. Also featured are a walk-through butterfly conservatory, children's activities area, live entertainment and live auctions. Parking is free and two off-site parking areas are serviced by shuttle buses. Admission is $8 for Adults and $5 for children three to thirteen. Cash only (no credit cards) at these events. A $2 discount is given for members of Kanapaha. If you are interested in being a vendor, download an application by clicking here. Please refer to the FLEPPC plant guide of plant species we ask you to avoid selling by clicking here. Sponsors of the show include: Visit Gainesville, Dominos Pizza and Alachua County Office of Waste Alternatives

Spring Native Plant Sale at Morningside Nature Center

04/03/15-04/04/15
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“GO NATIVE” AT THE SPRING NATIVE PLANT SALE SPRING DATE: Coming Soon! Take advantage of the largest offering of native plants in North Florida during the 2015 Spring Native Plant sale, at Morningside Nature Center. An exclusive member's sale is on the Friday prior to the sale and is open to members of the Friends of Nature Parks (FNP) and the Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS) only. Memberships are available at the gate. Cash, checks and debit/credit cards are accepted! The sale is hosted cooperatively by the City of Gainesville's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, the Friends of Nature Parks (FNP) and Paynes Prairie chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS). Images from last Spring Sale, please visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gainesvilleprca/sets/72157635508119064/

46th Annual Santa Fe Spring Arts Festival

04/11/15-04/12/15
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Set amid picturesque turn-of-the-century homes in the Northeast Gainesville Historic District, the 46th annual Santa Fe College Spring Arts Festival on Sat.-Sun., April 11-12, offers fun and inspiration for the whole family, including the work of fine artists from throughout the country; the Art Jungle where children can create art; an area where young people can sell their artwork; dancers and musicians performing on two stages; a variety of food concessions; and a Saturday evening concert.

Kirby Farm's Christmas Express

11/28/14-12/28/14
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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.




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.

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