29th Annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire, Gainesville, FL 1/24 & 25 and 1/30-Feb. 1, 2015

The 2015 Hoggetowne Medieval Faire is coming to Gainesville, January 24 &24 and January 30-February 1.  While there will be plenty of swordfights (staged, of course!) there will be fun for visitors of all ages.  Just as in the days of Robin Hood, you’ll behold Kings, Queens, Knights and fair ladies while browsing the crafts …

Don’t Miss a Hearty Meal at Conestoga’s Restaurant in Downtown Alachua, FL

Rick Robertson and his crew at Conestoga’s Restaurant in downtown Alachua, Florida have just one thing on their minds:  letting you leave after some pretty good eating and with a full belly! Open for lunch and dinner, Monday thru Saturday, Conestoga’s is located at 14920 Main Street in Alachua (Phone (352) 462-1294), just a few …

Lucky’s Market Opens it’s 8th U.S. Location in Gainesville, 1/7/15

  It’s not often that a grocery store becomes a travel destination, but the new Lucky’s Market in Gainesville has it’s sights set on becoming just that.  Located at 1459 NW 23rd Avenue in the Verde Plaza (and the almost 20-year empty Pic ‘N Save space), Lucky’s is a welcome addition to Natural North Florida’s …

Experience Satchel’s Pizza–Now A Gainesville, FL Landmark!

Satchel’s Pizza has become a Gainesville, FL landmark.  No, there’s no “historic” marker, but the place is pretty “hysterical”.  I think of the place as Gainesville’s (and possibly all of North Florida’s) “South of the Border”, with the exception that it has great food to go along with the interesting scenery. Located at 1800 NE …

Gainesville’s gigantic gators at Paynes Prairie

Looking for enormous alligators? You’ll find them in the home of the Gators, Gainesville, along the La Chua Trail at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park.

Kate’s Fish Camp–Alachua County’s Newnans Lake Is Not Just For Fishin’

Whether you want to go fishing, cycling, canoeing, or camping, Kate’s Fish Camp is the place to be for outdoor fun for the whole family. Kate’s Fish Camp is conveniently located on State Road 20 near Prairie Creek, Newnan’s Lake, and the Gainesville-Hawthorne  State Trail so it is the perfect place for camping, canoeing, kayaking, fishing …

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 …

The Blue Trees are in Gainesville

One of the coolest public art projects I’ve seen in a while is going on right now at the University of Florida campus.  Last year UF Fine Arts decided to start celebrate each October even bigger and better than before since it is National Arts and Humanities month.  You might have noticed the Seward Johnson …

Stay Cool in Gainesville

Summertime is almost gone in North Central Florida but Fall is on the way! We’ve got a few ideas to help you keep cool while you’re exploring Gainesville. Start your day off with a visit to the Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida’s Cultural Plaza. Admission is free and it’s a …