New “User-Friendly” Dates Announced For Big Bend 2017 Recreational Bay Scallop Season

BY Tommy Thompson | Feb 11, 2017 | Events and Family Activities

In recent years, Florida’s Recreational Bay Scallop harvest rules were fairly simple.  You could “catch” your limit of these tasty morsels from the Pasco/Hernando County line to the Mexico Beach Canal from July 1 until September 24th.  Some places were better than others with regards to the size and number of scallops available.  But now, […]

It’s Springtime In Natural North Florida–Plan Some Festival Fun!

BY Tommy Thompson | Feb 09, 2017 | Events and Family Activities

By the time mid-February rolls around, folks in our Natural North Florida region are really tired of all those “cold” 50-degree nights and 70-degree days.  Yes, we’re spoiled! In February we’ll have a few quick, wet and windy, cold fronts move through the area and we’ll have to bundle up with a sweater and maybe […]

See The World’s Largest Bat Houses On The University of Florida Campus in Gainesville

BY Tommy Thompson | Dec 31, 2016 | Events and Family Activities

Brazilian Free-Tailed Bat Yep, bats!  Would you believe that one of the world’s largest bat house/barn complex is located on the campus of the University of Florida in Gainesville? The Bat house (R) and Bat Barn make up the Florida Museum of Natural History’s bat complex near Lake Alice, on Museum Road.  A third house […]

How To Spend an Amazing Weekend in Wakulla County, Florida

BY Tommy Thompson | Dec 29, 2016 | Events and Family Activities

Looking for vacation away from the noise and buzz of the city? Visit Wakulla County! There are so many great ways to spend your time in Wakulla. Here’s a quick guide on how to have a great Wakulla weekend. Wakulla Welcome Center Come on in and get acquainted! The Wakulla County Welcome Center in Panacea […]

Your Guide to 55 Miles of Fun Along Natural North Florida’s Gilchrist Blueway

BY Tommy Thompson | Dec 22, 2016 | Events and Family Activities

For a Natural North Florida county that has no Gulf of Mexico coastline, Gilchrist County sure has lots of waterfront!  In fact, few of our area’s coastal counties have shoreline to match Gilchrist’s 55 miles along the Suwannee, Santa Fe and Ichetucknee rivers.  The Suwannee River begins several hundred miles from the Gulf in Georgia’s […]

Levy County Florida’s State Parks Springs Are Worth A Wintertime Visit

BY Tommy Thompson | Dec 16, 2016 | Events and Family Activities

Florida’s Levy County is mostly rural and is bounded by the Gulf of Mexico (on the west), the Suwannee River (on the north) and the Withlacoochee River (on the south).  There are 4 major Florida State Parks in the county–Manatee Springs, Fanning Springs, Waccasassa Bay Preserve and Cedar Key Museum. All are worth a day […]

Celebrate the Arrival of 2017 at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park–A Party Like No Other!

BY Tommy Thompson | Dec 15, 2016 | Events and Family Activities

There’s always something going on in Suwannee County at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park and Campground.  Of course there’s music and camping, but there are great events throughout the year.  January is no exception, but the “big fun” begins on December 31 with the big New Year’s Eve Party. Expect music by the […]

New Years Eve Masquerade Ball at the Lodge at Otter Springs on Saturday, December 31, 2016

BY Tommy Thompson | Dec 15, 2016 | Events and Family Activities

Join ForVets, Inc. for the first ever New Years Eve Masquerade Ball at the Lodge at Otter Springs on Saturday, December 31, 2016. Join them for a magical evening including a costume contest, murder drama, food, drinks, dance lesson, and New Years Eve party! Tickets are $75 per couple and are available online:  Here’s a […]

A Taste of Cedar Key–December 17, 2016

BY Tommy Thompson | Nov 27, 2016 | Events and Family Activities

Cedar Key–A View From The Gulf It takes a lot to keep the citizens of the Cedar Key community from having a good time.  This year, a hurricane tried, but the folks there have rebounded and now plan the annual “A Taste of Cedar Key” for December 17. The event will be held at the […]

Winterfest at Madison County, Florida’s Jellystone Park–It Will Be SNOWING!

BY Tommy Thompson | Nov 21, 2016 | Events and Family Activities

1051 SW Old St. Augustine Rd., Madison, FL 32340 (I-10 & Exit 258) | Phone: 800.347.0174 or 850.973.8269 Email: The winter months are “quiet times” at Madison, Florida’s Jellystone Park.  But during the Holiday Season, visitors can take advantage of the park and enjoy special activities and celebrations. And this year, there WILL BE […]

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