ALL IN A DAY

2017 Travel Guide to Florida - - NORTH CENTRAL FLORIDA -

LAKE CITY/ COLUMBIA COUNTY

Rise and shine as you greet the morn­ing at Al­li­ga­tor Lake Park, known for its ex­ten­sive hik­ing and bik­ing trails teem­ing with birdwatching and na­ture en­coun­ters. Af­ter­ward, it’s time for a stroll through down­town Lake City, filled with eclec­tic shops, lo­cal art and an his­tor­i­cal mu­seum. Af­ter lunch at the Mar­ion Street Gas­tro Pub and Deli, dive into Florida’s cool and re­fresh­ing spring wa­ters at the world-fa­mous Ichetuck­nee Springs. Re­lax a bit be­fore head­ing back to down­town Lake City for cock­tails and din­ner.

GAINESVILLE

Kick off your day with a re­fresh­ing dive into one of the area’s nat­u­ral fresh­wa­ter springs. Af­ter work­ing up an ap­petite, grab lunch at the award-win­ning Great Out­doors Restau­rant in High Springs. Dis­cover the past at the Florida Mu­seum of Nat­u­ral His­tory be­fore head­ing out into na­ture at Paynes Prairie Pre­serve State Park or down a 120-foot sink­hole at Devil’s Mill­hop­per Ge­o­log­i­cal State Park. As the sun sets, head into lively down­town Gainesville for din­ing op­tions like Dragon­fly Sushi, The Top, Manuel’s Vin­tage Room or Emil­iano’s Cafe.

TAL­LA­HAS­SEE

Take a guided tour of the 1845 His­toric Capi­tol (now a mu­seum) and Mu­seum of Florida His­tory. Breeze through Florida State Uni­ver­sity and Florida A&M Uni­ver­sity cam­puses and Cas­cades Park. En­joy lunch out­doors be­fore ex­plor­ing Mis­sion San Luis, the only re­con­structed 17th-cen­tury Span­ish mis­sion in the south­east. Head to the Tal­la­has­see Mu­seum to zip through tree­tops and over cy­press swamps, tour pi­o­neer build­ings and ob­serve na­tive wildlife. Dine at an award-win­ning restau­rant fol­lowed by a night­cap at the renowned Brad­fordville Blues Club.

WAKULLA COUNTY

Be­gin your day wildlife watch­ing at the beau­ti­ful St. Marks Na­tional Wildlife Refuge. Then head over to Wakulla Springs State Park where you can board a Jungle Cruise from Wakulla Springs up the river. Lunchtime is the per­fect time to slip into the Ed­ward Ball Din­ing Room and stop at The Soda Foun­tain for a root beer float at the world’s long­est mar­ble soda foun­tain. Round out the day with an af­ter­noon kayak trip to ex­plore more of the end­less nat­u­ral re­sources in the area.

OP­PO­SITE: Cool­ing off in crys­tal-clear fresh­wa­ter springs near Gainesville. FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Head­spring of Ichetuck­nee; Down­town Gainesville at night; The Florida His­toric Capi­tol Mu­seum, Tal­la­has­see; St. Marks Light­house.

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