A Sinkhole Like No Other–Devils Millhopper Geological State Park, in Gainesville, Florida

When there’s a news story about a sinkhole in Florida, it’s mostly about one “eating” a house or a car dealership.  But there are thousands more, and none at quite the scale of Devils Millhopper, just west of downtown Gainesville..  This huge, 120-foot deep, sink, no doubt opened eons ago by a cave-in of the …

The Early Bird Gets To Swim Without The Crowds at Fanning Springs State Park!

Florida’s State Parks are some of the most popular in the U.S. and needless to say they can get crowded during the summer months, especially if they feature springs, like many in our Natural North Florida region. Fanning Springs State Park can be crowded for several reasons.  One, it’s proximity to US19/98 just south of …

Don’t Miss Perry’s 2019 4th of July Celebration, Downtown–Music, Fun and Fireworks!

Don’t miss the 2019 July 4 celebration in downtown Perry.  Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and the City of Perry, there will be events for everyone.  Scheduled to begin at 6PM at Rosehead Park, in downtown Perry, there will be entertainment from Andy Pursell and Sarah Brittany, as well as a Kids’ Fun Zone …

Follow Your Dream To The Blackwater Grill in Yankeetown, FL

In the summer of 1961, Elvis Presley spent almost two months in the Yankeetown area, filming “Follow That Dream“.  It’s anyone’s guess why Elvis’ producers picked this sleepy Levy County town on the banks of the Withlacoochee River, but it’s solitary location might just be the reason.  Yankeetown is historic, and has grown little since …

Red, White and BLUEBERRIES–Head to Williston, Florida For A Day of Family Fun and Good Eats

  Located just north of Williston, in Levy County off US27, Red, White and Blue Farms is a destination worthy of lots of family fun.  There’s something for every member of the family–playgrounds for the kids, picking blueberries for the grownups, and even some blueberry beer for Dad! It’s hard to say just what I …

Serenola Forest Preserve–Gainesville’s Latest Hiking Destination

Officially opened in April, 2019 after acquisition in 2018, the Serenola Forest Preserve is the latest addition to the lands overseen by the Alachua Conservation Trust (ACT). Located south of the University of Florida, just off Williston Road, the preserve consists of 111-acres of hardwood forest, open to the public for an in-town hiking experience. Here’s …

Spend A Day At The Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo—It’s Good For You!

There’s only one American Zoo Association accredited zoo on a  college campus,  and it’s on Gainesville‘s Santa Fe College campus.  Santa Fe College offers both Associate and Bachelor’s degrees and won the 2015 Aspen Prize for Educational Excellence.  It enrollment now tops 20,000 and it’s an excellent adjunct to the educational community in Gainesville, which …

Madison, FL–Down Home Days Festival and Rodeo, April 26 & 27, 2019

Madison’s 2019 Down Home Days celebration, rodeo and festival will be held on April 26 & 27.  A street dance will be held on Friday, April 26th and the festival and parade will be on Saturday, April 27th beginning at 9:00 AM (parade at 10).  Expect lots of fun, food, and art.  The rodeo will …

Suwannee River Catfish Festival, Branford, FL, April 13, 2019

  Come one, come all!  To Branford’s annual Suwannee River Catfish Festival.  This year’s event will be held in Greenway Park, alongside the mighty Suwannee River, in downtown Branford on April 13th.  Branford is located on US27, at the river. The fun begins at 9AM and lasts throughout the day.  Expect to hear live music, …

Suwannee River Paddling Festival, April 5-7, 2019

If you’re an avid paddler, you don’t want to miss this event.  There are several 8-12 mile options on both the Suwannee River and the upper Withlacoochee River, all departing from Suwannee River State Park.  In addition to the many paddling opportunities, attendees will experience kayak and canoe demonstrations, a  silent auction, as well as …