Explore Northern Florida
Featuring a mix of white sand beaches, natural springs and state parks, North Florida is home to some of the Sunshine State’s most beautiful, untouched landscapes. Aside from its natural beauty, it also boasts historic landmarks and family-friendly attractions without the crowds of tourists you’re used to in other parts of the state.
Gainesville and Surrounding Areas
University of Florida Sporting Events
Florida Museum of Natural History
Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention
Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
Clay County, FL
Single Vision Inc
Alachua County, Fl
Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation
Two Tails Ranch
Windhorse Sanctuary Inc
Gainesville Community Playhouse
Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Gainesville Parks and Playgrounds
200 SE Depot Ave., Gainesville, FL, 32601
1001 NW 31st Dr, Gainesville, Fl 32605
400 NE 16th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601
Tom Petty “Northeast” Park
3600-3648 NW 19th St Gainesville, FL 32605
643 SW 40th St, Gainesville, FL 32607
Green Acres Park
4810 NW 8th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32605
Cofrin Nature Park
2002 NW 36th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32605
Kiwanis Challenge Park
6400 NW 43rd Way, Gainesville, FL 32653
San Felasco Park Playground
4009 NW 53rd Avenue, Gainesville, FL, 32653
Possum Creek Park
415 NE 2nd Street, Gainesville, FL, 32601
Gainesville Public Pools
1001 NW 31 Dr, Gainesville, FL 32605
H. Spurgeon Cherry “Westside” Pool
1100 NE 14TH STREET, GAINESVILLE FL 32601
Dwight H. Hunter “Northeast” Pool
1717 SE 15th Street, Gainesville, FL, 32641
Andrew R. Mickle, Sr. Pool
North Florida Springs
Ft White, Fl
Ichetucknee Springs State Park
Although well-known for its warm weather tubing, the 2,669-acre Ichetucknee Springs State Park is also a wildlife haven, where beaver, otter, gar, softshell turtle, wild turkey, wood duck and limpkin all find a home. The main draw is the park’s eight major crystalline springs that join together to create the six-mile Ichetucknee River. It is handicap accessible and chair lift for spring access.
Alexander Springs Recreation Area
A broad and naturally gently sloped spring pool becomes a natural water park when visitors come to picnic, swim and play. The water is a constant 72°F and extraordinarily clear. Ripples play across the sand bottom as small fish dart about. Surrounded by a floodplain forest of maples, sweetgum and cabbage palms, this recreation area feels almost tropical. It is handicap accessible.
Devil’s Den Spring
Bought in 1993 by our current owners, this natural wonder has been transformed from a simple scuba diving site to a world class tourist attraction. Visit one of North America’s most prehistoric places, Devil’s Den Spring! This underground spring inside a dry cave has been home to many extinct animal fossils dating back to the Pleistocene Age, which are on display at The University of Florida’s Museum of Natural History.
Silver Springs, FL
Explore one of America’s largest and best loved springs from the park’s world famous Glass Bottom Boats! The 4,000-acre Silver Springs State Park encompasses not only the springs, but the entire 5-mile Silver River and surrounding sandhill forest. Wander among the historic structures and serene gardens surrounding the main spring, reminders of the park’s past history as a major tourist attraction.
Rainbow Springs State Park
When swimmers take their first dip in the sapphire-blue waters of Rainbow Springs, they become part of a story that stretches back over 10,000 years, when humans first visited this place. Ornamental gardens, man-made waterfalls and sloping hills are visible reminders of the springs’ more recent past, when the land was home to a mining operation and a privately-owned tourist attraction.
Crystal River, FL
Three Sisters Springs, Crystal River
Considered one of the most beautiful springs in the Sunshine State, Three Sisters Springs is a swimmers and snorkelers paradise. In summer you’ll find crystalline waters that are great for swimming, kayaking and canoeing. In the winter, Three Sisters is the perfect place to spot a manatee in their natural habitat. Manatees can be seen from land or boat, and below the boardwalk.
Spring Hill, FL
Weeki Wachee Springs State Park
An iconic state park that dates back to 1947, Weeki Wachee Springs is world-famous for their unique underwater theater and enchanting mermaid shows. It’s also a great place to enjoy outdoor adventures with the entire family, as its crystal clear 72-degree waters are perfect for an afternoon of swimming, snorkeling and river cruising. While you are there, visit the kid-friendly water park called Buccaneer Bay and enjoy thrilling water slides.
Madison Blue Spring State Park
One of Florida’s newest state parks, Madison Blue Spring State Park sits between Jacksonville and Tallahassee. Home to a first magnitude spring, it is home to an 82 foot wide and 25-foot deep spring that bubbles up into a limestone basin along the west bank of the Withlacoochee River. Walk along the paths that lead to the spring and admire the view from the rock platforms, then hop in the spring with your inflatables and tubes. There’s also a wooden platform with steps for swimmers.
Henderson Beach State Park
Home to one of the best beaches in Florida, the shoreline at Henderson Beach State Park has Appalachian quartz sand. It’s sugar white sand lines its 6,000 feet of scenic shoreline, where you can soak up the sunshine on a towel or take a dip in the emerald Gulf of Mexico waters.
Wakulla Springs, FL
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park
You’ll find one of the largest and deepest freshwater springs in the world at Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park, where its 6,000 acres of natural surroundings offer a tranquil escape throughout the year. Its swimming area is the perfect place to cool off in Florida’s heat.
The National Naval Aviation Museum
The world’s largest Naval Aviation museum and one of the most-visited museums in Florida, the National Naval Aviation Museum features 150 beautifully restored aircraft. Browse through exhibits and more than 4,000 artifacts that highlight the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Aviation.
St George Island, FL
St. George Island
St. George Island Florida is a beautiful 22-mile barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico. Home to the most unspoiled, serene beaches in the Sunshine State, St. George Island offers plenty of things to do for every visitor. The uncrowded beaches are perfect for family-friendly activities.
Museum of Science & History
MOSH features interactive, award-winning exhibitions such as Currents of Time, Atlantic Tails and JEA PowerPlay. The Museum’s most popular exhibits include the health science exhibition, Health in Motion and the Florida Naturalist’s Center, which houses animals native to Northeast Florida.
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens stretches out across 117 acres and features over 2,000 animals. Take the entire family to this top attraction in Jacksonville, where you can get up close to a range of exotic animals in its collection of exhibits. You can also feed stingrays, admire curious elephants and cool off in the on-site Play Park and Splash Ground.
Jacksonville Jaguars Football
The Jacksonville Jaguars are a professional football franchise based in Jacksonville, Florida. The Jaguars compete in the National Football League as a member club of the American Football Conference South division.