Alligator Hunting–Another “On the Water” Opportunity

While the “deer and the antelope” roam much of North America, it’s the American alligator that appeals to hunters and fishermen during the late summer and early fall months in Natural North Florida.  Yes, we do have abundant deer, wild pigs and Osceola turkeys, but the chase for alligators is what stirs the spirit of …

Satchels and Springtime in Gainesville

  Hi! I’m Tammy, the newest addition to the Natural North Florida blogging team. If you’re new to our site (like me!) welcome to the Sunshine State’s most authentic resource for all things off the beaten path, the hidden gems from Gainesville to Cedar Key to Steinhatchee to Tallahassee, and every nook and cranny in …

Lochloosa Harbor–An “Old Florida” Fish Camp and RV Park

Lochloosa Harbor Fish Camp and RV Park 15008 SE Hwy. 301 Hawthorne, FL  32640 (352) 481-2114   (352) 481-4822 lochloosaharbor@aol.com If you’re looking for some great freshwater angling action, good food and nice folks, head from Gainesville to the eastern boundary of Alachua County and Lochloosa Harbor. This is one of the few “real” fish camps …

Bronze Statues Take Over Gainesville

First they visited Paris and Osaka. Now “Crossing Paths,” a collection of 24 large statues by J. Seward Johnson, has taken up residence across Gainesville, from the University of Florida campus to downtown. (UF’s North Lawn, near the Reitz Union, has 10 sculptures.) The exhibit runs through October 14. Giant statues include a dancing couple, …

There’s No Omnivore’s Dilemma at Sisters Restaurant

The Gainesville restaurant Sisters bridges the gap between meat dishes, lighter fare and vegetarian and vegan food without sacrificing taste or variety. Want the Eggs Benedict without the ham? Substitute vegan sausage.  Prefer turkey sausage to bacon with your organic eggs? No problem. If you’d prefer to splurge on the real deal, that’s easily accomplished, …

“Ti Amo” Loves Fresh Local Ingredients: Dinner and a Show!

One of the highest rated places on the restaurant scene in Gainesville, Ti Amo is located downtown about a block away from the Hippodrome Theater.  The restaurant specializes in fine dining, and the menu has a decided mediterranean twist.  Ti Amo is a somewhat pricey restaurant, with full size entrees averaging about $20.  However, for smaller …

A Taste of Natural North Florida: The Truffle Cake Company

Gainesville’s Truffle Cake Company takes the old adage about good things and small packages to new heights. The hand-crafted cake bites dipped in chocolate are not only divine, they’re packaged in a serving size that minimizes the guilt of eating something so decadent. With a super-moist, flavorful inside and a thickly chocolate-coated outside, these truffles …

Visit the Easton-Newberry Archery Center

The Easton-Newberry Sports Complex is all about athletics, especially archery!  Indoor and outdoor archery events and tournaments are scheduled here year-round.  Participate or just come and enjoy watching other shoot.  They welcome beginners, seasoned competitors or folks just wanting to hone their archery skills.  This is a world class facility with a professional staff and …

Last Chance To See Crime Scene Insects!

The Florida Museum of Natural History’s creepy/fun exhibit “Crime Scene Insects” is closing January 17. Don’t miss a trip to the Gainesville museum to see this ghoulishly fascinating look into how insects tell the story of a crime’s where, when and how to help investigators catch the guilty party. Warning: this exhibit is seriously gross, …