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Butterflies Butterfly Rainforest at Florida Musuem of Natural History

The highlight of this museum, located on the campus of the University of Florida in Gainesville, is the butterfly exhibit. Butterflies

Baliker Gallery

Baliker Gallery

The Baliker Gallery is on A1A just south of Washington Oaks State Gardens. The gallery and garden display Paul Baliker's monumental and life size bronze and wood sculptures. Gallery hours: Saturday and Sunday 10-5. Garden hours: daily 10–5 Gallery Website

DeLeon Springs

DeLeon Springs State Recreational Area

This day use State Park, located near Deland, has magnitude one spring. Activities include swimming, fishing and canoeing. Park Website

Devil's Den

Devil's Den Spring

This is a private spring inside of a cave in Levy County. It is used by scuba divers for training and lessons but snorkeling is allowed. Devil's Den

Egmont Key

Egmont Key State Park

Egmont Key is an island in Tampa Bay accessible only by boat. It is a great place for shell hunting and snorkeling.


Historic Fernandina Beach

This historic town is in Florida’s northeastern most county. Previously a haven for pirates, the downtown area has historical architecture, antique, art and gift shops and nice restaurants

Fort Matanzas

Fort Matanzas National Monument

A free ferry ride takes visitors across the Matanzas River to a guided tour of small fort built by the Spanish to protect the southern approaches to St. Augustine. We like this tour better than Fort Castillo de San Marcos (the “Big Fort”) in St. Augustine. Fort Matazas

Harley Davidson

Harley Davidson, Daytona

Located just off I-95 at Exit 273, this store has new and antique motorcycles, accessories and gifts and an adjacent restaurant. It’s interesting even to non-Harley fans and is a nice place for a short rest stop. Harley Davidson


Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park

This outstanding Florida State Wildlife Park provides a year-round home to manatees. It is on the west coast of Florida just south of Crystal River.

Ichetucknee River

Ichetucknee River State Park

This is the premier tubing river in Florida and is also outstanding for kayaking and canoeing. The park is a day use park and has a 3.5 mile run with 8 major springs. Please note that no food or beverages are allowed on the river. The park is near High Springs and Fort White.Ichetucknee

Jacksonville Zoo

Jacksonville Zoological Gardens

This is an outstanding zoo that continues to expand and improve the quality of its exhibits. It is located on the Trout River in northern Jacksonville on Hecksher Drive. Jacksonville Zoo

Kanapaha Gardens

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

Located in southwest Gainesville, Kanapaha Botanical Gardens is comprised of 14 major collections that can be viewed from a 1 ½ mile paved walkway. These include the state's largest public display of bamboos and the largest herb garden in the Southeast. Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

Leon Sinks

Leon Sinks Geological Area

This Park is part of the Apalachicola National Forest and features a variety of sink holes. This day use park has extensive hiking trails and is located south of Tallahassee and north of Wakulla Springs State Park. Leon Sinks

Little River

Little River Springs

This day use park has a spring that empties into the Suwannee River. It is north of Brandford and is a nice area for picnicking and swimming. Little River Springs

Marjorie Rawlings

Marjorie Rawlings Historical Site

Guided tours are provided of this home once owned by the author of “The Yearling”. This historic site is in Cross Creek, between Gainesville and Ocala. Marjorie Rawlings

Matanzas Inlet

Matanzas Inlet

The inlet, south of St. Augustine, has a parking area and is a nice location for fishing and sunbathing. Swimming in the inlet is not advised but the protected area in the River is suitable for swimming. There is a ramp to the beach just north of the inlet. If you drive on the beach, I recommend that you head North towards Crescent Beach were the sand is firmer. The sand to the South toward the inlet can be soft.

Pebble Hill

Pebble Hill Plantation

This plantation is located north of Tallahassee and provides a view of plantations used as summer homes and hunting retreats. The mansion has all original artwork and furnishings.

Ravine Gardens

Ravine State Gardens

This day use park includes formal hibiscus, rose and azalea gardens which bloom in the spring. The ravines are the centerpiece of this park located in Palatka. Ravine State Gardens

Santa Fe River

Santa Fe River

This river, located primarily in Alachua County, is excellent for kayaking and canoeing. We recommend using an outfitter that can provide shuttle service. The trip from US Highway 27 to State Road 47 is outstanding. Along this route you pass Poe, Blue and Ginny Springs along with many smaller ones.

Alligator Farm

St. Augustine Alligator Farm

The St. Augustine Alligator Farm is just south of St Augustine across from Anastasia State Park. The Farm is a small zoo specializing in reptiles and birds Alligator Farm

St.Augustine Lighthouse

St. Augustine Lighthouse

The Lighthouse is just south of St Augustine on Highway A-1-A near Anastasia State Park. You can climb to the top of the lighthouse for some breathtaking views. In addition to the lighthouse, there is a small museum. Lighthouse

St. Marks

St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge

This National Wildlife Refuge is located on the Gulf of Mexico, south of Tallahassee. It is noted for its lighthouse and wildlife, including the annual Monarch butterly migration. St. Mark's

Silver Springs

Silver Springs

This old fashion theme park is best known for its glass bottom boat rides. It also has a jungle cruise, petting zoo and animal shows. Silver Springs is just east of Ocala on State Road 40 and is a nice venue for a family outing. Silver Springs


Wakulla State Park

This State Park is 14 miles south of Tallahassee. Wakulla is a magnitude one spring and the park is best known for its scenic boat ride. The park has a historic 27 room lodge but no camping facilities. Park Website

Washington Oaks

Washington Oaks State Gardens

This park south of St. Augustine has formal gardens on the intercoastal waterway and a public beach, known as Boulder Beach, which features coquina rock outcroppings. The beach is a great area for rock climbing and shell hunters. I don’t recommend swimming there do to all the hidden rocks. Park Website

Wild Waters

Wild Waters

This small water park, which is opened seasonally, is next to Silver Springs in Ocala. Wild Waters

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