Alachu-Way or Alachu-Wuh?–A “Must Stop” Stop on Your Visit to Natural North Florida

If you’re driving south along Interstate 75 in North Florida, at about mile marker 410, you’ll cross the Santa Fe River and enter Alachua County.  The name of the county is pronounced “Alachu-Wuh”, derived from the Timucua word for “sinkhole” or “spring” which pepper the geography of the region.  There’s also a town, at the …

Gainesville’s Best—2018 Festival Schedule—Save The Dates!

Gainesville is home to festivals of all kinds.  They range from “medieval faires” to “punk rock” music events to curated art shows.  Each year, thousands of visitors come to this North Florida college town to enjoy food, art and just to have a great time.  In 2018, there are events planned almost any month.  Here’s …

See Gainesville’s Butterfly Rainforest–And Be Swept Away By Beautiful Creatures

As part of the Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville‘s Butterfly Rainforest is truly one of the wonders in our Natural North Florida region.  The immense screened-in facility, full of flowers and plants (and butterflies!) serves not only as a destination for nature lovers and photographers, but as an adjunct facility for the research team …

Put On Your Walking Shoes and Tour The University of Florida’s Main Campus in Gainesville, Florida

    The main campus of the University of Florida is more like a city than a college campus.  Stretching miles in several directions, it’s home to over 50,000 students–plus the faculty and support staff that make the university one of the best in the country and certainly the “flagship” of Florida’s educational system. If …

Three Natural North Florida Springs–Free For All!

Some of the best things in our Natural North Florida region are free, and that’s especially true when it comes to three of our smaller springs.  While we have the largest concentration of first and second magnitude freshwater springs in the world, these county-maintained “swimming holes” in Jefferson, Columbia and Alachua counties are fun–and FREE! …

Visit Springs Along The Santa Fe River in Columbia, Gilchrist and Alachua County

The Santa Fe River traverses several counties in the Natural North Florida region.  It begins upstream of the town of  Worthington Springs in southern Union County, and eventually flows into the mighty Suwannee River at Three Rivers Estates.  The river flows downstream to O’Leno State Park in Columbia County  where it drops into the Karst …

Looking For Some Great Cycling? Download Our Ultimate North Florida Cycling Guide

The Visit Natural North Florida Biking Guide is online and ready to use. You can read it online, or download it as a PDF.   It features 26 one-day cycling trips and 2 multi-day trips, all linked to the RIDE WITH GPS app that’s available for smartphones or certain Garmin GPS units. To use the …

Natural North Florida Overcomes Hurricane Hermine

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.  …

9th Annual Winter Fine Arts Fair, March 4-6, Town of Tioga, Alachua County

The 2016 event kicks off Friday, March 4 at 5PM with dance, music  and over 120 exhibiting artists.  Expect to see paintings, sculpture and all forms of fine art.  There will also be a Kids’ Zone, with activities for the younger set.  The show is open 10AM to 5PM on Saturday and Sunday.  Admission is …

2016 Gatornationals, Gainesville, FL–NHRA Drag Racing At Its Best–March 17-20

The 2016 Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals is scheduled for March 17-20 in Gainesvllle, Florida.  Gainesville Raceway opened in 1969 and held its first Gatornationals event in 1970. Long considered one of the fastest tracks on the NHRA circuit, it was from this legendary launch point that drivers clocked the first 260-, 270- and 300-mph Top …