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 […]

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 […]

Wakulla County Presents Must-Visit Communities That Are Off The Beaten Path.

BY Tommy Thompson | Nov 10, 2016 | Events and Family Activities

Unspoiled by over-commercialized attractions and devoid of a hectic atmosphere, Wakulla County presents must-visit communities that are off the beaten path. Sopchoppy is a cozy-old Florida community on the southwest edge of Wakulla County that reminds visitors of Mayberry and easier times. The GF&A railroad referred to fondly as the “Gopher, Frog & Alligator” ran […]

Visit Wakulla County’s Natural Attractions

BY Tommy Thompson | Nov 10, 2016 | Events and Family Activities

Unspoiled by over-commercialized attractions and devoid of a hectic atmosphere, Wakulla County provides a natural getaway. Rich in history, wildlife and adventures that include hiking, biking, kayaking, boating, fishing and snorkeling, Wakulla County is the destination for families to enjoy quality time together. The Gulf Specimen Aquarium in Panacea is the perfect place for kids […]

5 Florida Autumn Activities That Will Make You Forget All About Colorful Leaves

BY Sarah Forron | Oct 05, 2016 | Events and Family Activities

Here in #NaturalNorthFlorida, we may not have the colorful foliage or crisp autumn air like our Northern friends do this time of year. But warmer weather means more outdoor adventures to be had without the need for hand warmers or woolly layers. Many of our favorite summer activities and destinations are just as fun in […]

Natural North Florida Overcomes Hurricane Hermine

BY Tommy Thompson | Sep 20, 2016 | Events and Family Activities

Hurricane Hermine comes ashore on Florida’s Big Bend, September 1, 2016 with minimal hurricane force winds. We’re a tough, resilient bunch in Natural North Florida.  When Hurricane Hermine hit just east of St. Marks in Wakulla and Jefferson counties on September 1, 2016 it had been a full decade since we’d had a similar event.  […]

Begin Your Cycling Adventure at Gainesville’s New Depot Park

BY Tommy Thompson | Aug 20, 2016 | Events and Family Activities

At first glance, Gainesville’s new Depot Park seems to be just a great big playground.  It is, but for adults as well as kids.  The formerly-semi-industrial site of the Gainesville train depot, located on South Main Street, is also the Trail Head for the Gainesville-Hawthorne Bike/Hike trail that follows an old railroad route. The trail […]

Headed West To Horseshoe Beach? Don’t Miss Lily Creek Store on Hwy 351

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

Located about halfway between Cross City and Horseshoe Beach, Fl, Lily Creek General Store and Cafe is a “must stop” if you think you’ll need any supplies for your vacation or fishing trip.  While there are some supplies available at the Horseshoe Beach Marina, you might consider stopping and browsing at Lily Creek Store before […]

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