Don’t Fear The Gators in Melrose, Florida. Eat Them For Dinner at Blue Water Bay Restaurant or Try This Recipe!

BY Tommy Thompson | Nov 12, 2017 | Fish Species

One of the most common questions asked about Florida when Visit Natural North Florida’s volunteers are asked when making presentations around the U.S. and Europe is “Do you have alligators?”  And according to Capt. Russ McCallister, whose travels along the Suwannee and other rivers as guide for Suwannee Guides & Outfitters, the answer is “Yes, […]

Take The Slower Road…US90—Live Oak to Lake City, Florida

BY Tommy Thompson | Nov 01, 2017 | Food and Dining

If you’re driving east or west along Interstate Highway 10, just south of the Florida/Georgia border, you’ve likely missed two small historic cities in our Natural North Florida region.  Yes, there are signs west of I-75 directing you to Live Oak and some to the east,  pointing towards Lake City.  But if you just keep […]

Florida’s 2017 Stone Crab Season Now Open–At Full Steam!

BY Tommy Thompson | Oct 30, 2017 | Food and Dining

Florida’s 2017 stone crab season opened on October 15 and runs until May 15, 2018.  This year’s crop is excellent and there should be no shortages of these delicious crab claws throughout the winter months. Stone crabs are the perfect appetizer or main course.  You’ll find them served cold or hot, with any number of […]

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 […]

Take A Scenic Drive Along Natural North Florida’s US90–Monticello to Madison

BY Tommy Thompson | Sep 27, 2017 | Food and Dining

When visitors come to Natural North Florida, they’re often surprised to find rolling hills and historic towns with no beaches or amusement parks. However, a drive across Florida’s Jefferson and Madison counties can easily change your perception of our little-known and lightly-traveled region. US90 is a major American highway.  In fact, it begins in California […]

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 […]

Fun, Food and Festivities in Wonderful Wakulla County, Florida

BY Tommy Thompson | Mar 18, 2017 | Events and Family Activities

North Florida’s Wakulla County offers a variety of events, activities and natural wonders to delight even the most discriminating visitor.  To the west, there’s the mouth of the Ochlockonee River, which winds from Georgia to the Gulf of Mexico.  There are coastal villages worth exploring, too.  The settlement at St. Marks and Panacea offers excellent […]

Bradford County Strawberry Festival, April 8 and 9, 2017, Starke, FL

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

Bradford County Strawberry Festival NO Entry Fees NO Parking Fees Family fun–even the fur babies are welcome because it is all outside and on the streets. Join us April 8 and 9.  The fun begins at 9:00 AM both days

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, […]

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