Put On Your Walking Shoes and Tour The University of Florida’s Main Campus in Gainesville, Florida

BY Tommy Thompson | Nov 16, 2017 | Events and Family Activities

    The main campus of the University of Florida is more like a city than a college campus.  Stretching miles in several directions, it’s home to over 50,000 students–plus the faculty and support staff that make the university one of the best in the country and certainly the “flagship” of Florida’s educational system. If […]

Hey, Sports Fans! There’s History at the University of Florida’s Gainesville Campus

BY Tommy Thompson | Nov 13, 2017 | Events and Family Activities

If you’re a sports fan, you’ll definitely want to stop by the University of Florida campus in Gainesville and pay homage to one of the greatest sports programs in the world.  Not only does UF excel in academics, but the sports teams are some of the best around. Start your tour by heading south on […]

Don’t Miss The Festival of Lights at Florida’s Stephen Foster State Park, 12/1/17-12/24/17

BY Tommy Thompson | Nov 12, 2017 | Events and Family Activities

Christmas is coming to Florida’s Stephen Foster State Park, near White Springs, along the Suwannee River, on December 1, 2017!   Here’s a few words from the park about the event (we couldn’t say it better!): Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park and the Stephen Foster Citizens Support Organization, is preparing to illuminate the […]

Natural North Florida’s Gilchrist Blue Springs is Now Florida’s Newest State Park, 11/1/17

BY Tommy Thompson | Nov 02, 2017 | Events and Family Activities

Florida now has 175 State Parks, and everyone’s excited that the transition from private to public for Gilchrist Blue Springs is now  a “done deal”.  The property, which contains six natural springs and includes approximately one mile of frontage along the Santa Fe River, has been providing recreational opportunities as a private park since 1958. […]

Shop ‘Til You Drop–or Just Dine and Stroll–In Beautiful Monticello, Florida

BY Tommy Thompson | Nov 01, 2017 | Events and Family Activities

Monticello, Florida is about 20 miles east of Florida’s busy capital city, Tallahassee, at the intersection of US19 and US90.  It’s also about a thousand times more laid=back and a great place to visit, shop or dine in our Natural North Florida region. Monticello is the county seat of Jefferson County and boasts one of […]

Don’t Miss a Trip to Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida

BY Tommy Thompson | Oct 31, 2017 | Events and Family Activities

Located in a grove of oaks and pine trees, Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park is one of the Natural North Florida destinations you don’t want to miss!  While the Cafe is open daily, try to time your visit during one of the many festivals and music events held there throughout the year.    Typical […]

Don’t Miss Gainesville’s Downtown Festival & Art Show, November 11 and 12, 2017

BY Tommy Thompson | Oct 05, 2017 | Events and Family Activities

North Florida’s art scene swings into high gear on Saturday , November 11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, November 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the arrival of the highly acclaimed Downtown Festival & Art Show. The streets of historic downtown Gainesville, from City Hall to the Hippodrome State Theatre […]

Big Bend Shellfish Trail–Florida’s Working Waterfront Communities

BY Tommy Thompson | Oct 03, 2017 | Events and Family Activities

Shellfish harvest and consumption in Florida is an important facet of the maritime heritage of many coastal towns. Natural North Florida’s Big Bend has several towns that still harbor local shellfish fisheries. These working waterfront communities are places where present day fishers carry on the traditions of past generations. The Big Bend Shellfish Trail Map […]

Don’t Miss Panacea’s “Cluster Shuck” Oyster Fest, October 22, 2017

BY Tommy Thompson | Sep 27, 2017 | Events and Family Activities

The date has changed due to Tropical Storm/Hurricane Nate!  We hope to see you on the 22nd! There’s an “R” in “October”– –and that means it’s time to eat oysters! What a great way to spend an October afternoon than to eat oysters at one of Natural North Florida’s premiere fishing communities, Panacea.  Located in […]

Save The Dates: Natural North Florida’s Fall 2017 Music Festivals

BY Tommy Thompson | Aug 30, 2017 | Events and Family Activities

As summer winds down in Natural North Florida, residents and visitors alike flock to our famous music and food festivals.   It seems that every year, the number of events increase, as do their quality and breadth.  In 2017, three are of particular note. In Hamilton County, just north of I-10 and east of I-75, the […]

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