Learn About North Florida’s Flora and Fauna At Gainesville’s Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

Whether Gainesville is your Natural North Florida destination or if you’re just passing through on I-75, don’t miss the opportunity to explore Kanapaha Botanical Gardens.  It’s located about a mile west of the Archer Road exit (SR24) on the expressway. Named for Lake Kanapaha (Timicuan tramslation: palmetto leaf and house, referring to the typical Timicua …

Gainesville’s Morningside Nature Center–Take A Walk In Our Woods

With over 7 miles of trails and one of the last-remaining examples of a fire-dependent longleaf pine forest, Morningside Nature Center is an excellent outdoor destination–within the city limits of Natural North Florida’s largest city.  The largest of Gainesville’s nature parks, Morningside covers 278 acres and is easily accessed from East University Avenue and SR20. …

Relax, Hike, Camp–and Enjoy Florida’s Suwannee River State Park

Located just off US90, between the towns of Live Oak and Madison, in Natural North Florida, Suwannee River State Park isn’t one of our largest parks, but it certainly is one of the most scenic.  It’s upstream of the confluence of the mighty Suwannee River and the lesser “upper” Withlacoochee River, right where the highway …

Gainesville’s Best—2018 Festival Schedule—Save The Dates!

Gainesville is home to festivals of all kinds.  They range from “medieval faires” to “punk rock” music events to curated art shows.  Each year, thousands of visitors come to this North Florida college town to enjoy food, art and just to have a great time.  In 2018, there are events planned almost any month.  Here’s …

Visit Panacea, Florida and The Gulf Specimen Marine Lab and Museum

  Panacea’s Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratory is the “real deal”, founded by Jack Rudloe in the early 1960s to provide marine specimens to scientists and researchers.  The facility has grown over the years, to become a full-fledged tourist attraction, while still delivering sea creatures of all sorts to educators and scientists.  A trip through the …

Holiday (and Everyday!) Shopping at Base and Range in Madison, Florida

Welcome to Madison, one of Natural North Florida’s most scenic small towns.  Located in Madison County, just south of the Florida/Georgia line, Madison is an exciting place to spend a day of holiday (or any day!) shopping and dining. Expect bargains galore, year-round, at Madison’s many antique shops! Even if you don’t make it to …

Wild Florida Adventures, December 2017 Events

Greetings Outside Enthusiasts! I’ve just updated the Wild Florida Adventures event calendar for the rest of the month of December with the link here www.localendar.com/public/bbarker This weekend we’re planning two fresh water paddles as the coastal tides aren’t that conducive to good water levels. Plus with the lower temps, its better to paddle venues that …

Perry–Much More Than Florida’s Forest Capital!

There’s something for everyone when you visit Perry, Florida–Florida’s Forest Capital! Yes, Perry’s main industry still revolves around pine trees and the products produced by the wood harvested nearby.  But there’s more to see and experience in Perry, and it’s certainly worth a visit if you’re traveling down US19/98 into our Natural North Florida region. …

Join The Fun at The 2018 Steinhatchee Fiddler Crab Festival, February 16-18

If you’re looking for a fun event in the middle of what can be a (not necessarily cold) cool February weekend, take a ride to Natural North Florida’s Gulf coast and the fishing village of Steinhatchee.   The name, Steinhatchee, is derived from the Native Timicua name, Esteenhatchee, which means “River of Life”.  And Steinhatchee certainly …

See Gainesville’s Butterfly Rainforest–And Be Swept Away By Beautiful Creatures

As part of the Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville‘s Butterfly Rainforest is truly one of the wonders in our Natural North Florida region.  The immense screened-in facility, full of flowers and plants (and butterflies!) serves not only as a destination for nature lovers and photographers, but as an adjunct facility for the research team …