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, […]

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 […]

North Central Florida’s Newest Sporting Destination–Bass Pro Shops, Gainesville

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

Bass Pro Shops is more than an outdoor retail store.  It’s a destination!  The average visitor spends about 2 hours walking the aisles and experiencing the great outdoors–INDOORS! Florida’s 11th Bass Pro Shops store opened recently in Gainesville, just off Archer Road west of the intersection of I-75.  It’s planned as the anchor store of […]

Explore Cedar Key–Cedar Key Boat Rentals & Island Tours

BY Tommy Thompson | Nov 18, 2016 | Events and Family Activities

Cedar Key is the town–the Cedar Keys is the place. This group of small islands, joined by causeways, forms a peninsula about 25 miles from US19/98 in southern Levy County. Historically, Cedar Key was a shipping center for fish, timber and wood products, including pencils made from local cedar trees.   Jutting well into to the […]

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 […]

2016 Cedar Key Seafood Festival, October 15 and 16

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

The town of Cedar Key, located in western Levy County, juts into the Gulf of Mexico and has been a long-standing source of excellent seafood.  And, since the 1990’s, it’s been the epicenter of commercial clam aquaculture, recognized nation-wide.  This year, Hurricane Hermine pushed as much as 9 feet of storm surge water onto shore, […]

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