No Sand, No Surf, No Problem!

You hear the word “Florida,” and you think beach, right? Well, not anymore! Let me tell you about the natural areas in Alachua County. You won’t find sand or surf, but you won’t miss those beaches.

The Best Things to Do in Union County Include a Lake

Natural North Florida’s Union County may be Florida’s smallest county, but it delivers big with a fantastic diversity of activities. It is a perfect day trip from Gainesville with a laid-back atmosphere, Rails-to-Trails walking trails, historic buildings, fishing, and a freshwater lake. But get there early—there’s a lot to do! Splish, Splash! Watery Fun on …

Treasure Hunting (for Bay Scallops!) in Taylor County, Florida

By: Dawn V. Perez Picture the scene, you are heading out to the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico by either the Keaton Beach Canal, the Steinhatchee River or the Econfina River in Taylor County,  watching the seagulls fly, the fish jump in the water and enjoying a fresh salt breeze coming from the …

Spend A Day in Picturesque Monticello, Florida

By: Dawn V. Perez We have found on our last few visits to downtown Monticello, that it is one of the best small-town shopping destinations in the North Florida region.  My husband and I enjoy this picturesque town which is laced with a rich and colorful history.  Clusters of antique shops surround the center of …

Enjoy Natural North Florida’s “Pocket Beaches”

When representatives of Visit Natural North Florida speak at travel shows, we often tout the fact that we have “no crowded beaches”. That’s partly true–we have a few “pocket beaches”. And, they’re not crowded. If you take a look at a map of Florida, you’ll notice that there are no barrier islands between Hernando County’s …

The 8th Annual Christmas Train at Kirby Family Farm in Williston, Florida

Hosted by Volunteers, the entire event helps the development and programs Kirby Family Farm offers at-risk and special needs children who need a friend, or a farm, to help them through life’s challenges. The children and teens have worked hard helping prepare and setup this wonderful family holiday experience. It’s all held on-site at Kirby Family Farm in …

2020 Festival of Lights at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park in White Springs, FL

There will be a Festival of Lights in 2020.  The safety of our visitors, volunteers and park staff are of foremost importance.  Due to Covid-19 restrictions, there are significant changes that had to be made for this year’s festival.    You will be able to see beautiful lights and scenes that the Stephen Foster Festival of Lights is …

Suwannee Lights — December 2020 at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak, Florida

Each holiday season, Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, in LIve Oak, celebrates with a huge lighted display the entire month of December.   There are options for visitors to walk through the park, drive in autos or rental golf carts, or even camp in order to visit several nights. 

Big Bend Road Trip, Part 2: Natural North Florida–Suwannee Town to Panacea

Florida’s Big Bend has long been a preferred destination of travelers and tourists. This unspoiled region we call “Natural North Florida” encompasses the Gulf of Mexico coastline, and has developed largely along the spine formed by US19 and US98. On it’s interior US27, US90, US 301, US441 and Interstate Highways 75 and 10 have attracted …