Northeast Florida is renowned for being the First Coast, with St. Augustine, the nations oldest permanent settlement. Located on the East coast bordering the Atlantic Ocean, this region includes Jacksonville, St. Augustine and more inland, Gainesville. From the beautiful beaches to the rolling hills in Alachua County, Northeast Florida has some of the most gorgeous landscape. 

Includes Flagler, Putnam, Alachua, Columbia, Union, Baker, Clay, St. Johns, Duval, Nassau Counties

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Upcoming Events in this Region

September 19 - 21, 2019

Location: Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center, Jacksonville, Florida

Quilts from all over the world are brought together to be viewed and even judged for a cash award. Browse, shop and buy quilt supplies and ready-made quilts. Food Court, kids corner and more. 

September 20 - October 26, 2019

Location: Newberry, Florida

"Laugh by day, Scream by night" this Florida maze brings new fun to the fall festivities with a maze that is fun during the day and becomes haunted at night. 

September 21, 2019

Location: Metropolitan Park Marina, Jacksonville, Florida

Dragon boating is a great alternative to the usual corporate outing and offers a team sport uniting people to achieve a common goal.  Dragon boating promotes teamwork and camaraderie in and out of the boat. Sign up your team, come out and support your team or just come out and watch the excitement. 

 

October 6 - 13, 2019

Location: Amelia Island, Florida

This week-long festival features world-class jazz music in many styles performed by jazz greats as well as fresh, up-and-coming young talent. Performances are staged in several venues around Amelia Island including Saint Michael Parish Hall, Sandy Bottoms Beach Bar & Grill, Amelia Park, Arte Pizza, the Florida House Inn, Horizons, OMNI Hotels & Resorts Amelia Island Plantation. 

October 19 - 20, 2019

Location: Orange Park, Florida

The Town of Orange Park Fall Festival is Clay County’s oldest and largest Arts and Crafts Festival featuring 2 days of fun family activities with over 200 artists, vendors, entertainment, kids zone and great food. 

November 1 - 3, 2019

Location: Gainesville, Florida

Join this predominantly Punk Rock festival for both the main festival in Gainesville and the Pre-Fest in Ybor City (transportation available), or you can choose one or the other. Either way, this is one of Florida's best way to experience music up close and personal!

 

November 2 - 3, 2019

Location: Cholokka Boulevard, Micanopy, Florida

Fall festival with the true Florida small town traditions. Local artists, crafters, musicians, and lots of activities for the whole family. 

November 7 - 9, 2019

Location: Rodeheaver Boys’ Ranch, Palatka, Florida

Come to listen to all kinds of amazing bluegrass music while you enjoy concessions and other amenities on this beautiful campground.

November 16 - 17, 2019

Location: Downtown Gainesville, Florida

Come out to historic downtown Gainesville for a celebration of art and creativity, live music, performing arts and great food. 
 

November 30 - December 1, 2019

Location: Francis Field in Uptown, St. Augustine, Florida

Outdoor art fair that is a Thanksgiving tradition attracting thousands of visitors, discerning art collectors and savvy holiday shoppers. The event helps support the Art Association programs, while animating the local arts scene and boosting the economy of the nation's oldest city.

December (tba), 2019

Location: Palm Valley, Florida

This parade is sometimes known as the Mardi Gras of lighted boat parades for its community involvement and friendly laid back nature.

December 7, 2019

Location: Palm Coast, Florida

Palm Coast lights up to kick of the holiday season with this festive boat parade!

Amelia Island State Park is located on the south side of Amelia Island and is a beautiful 200 acre beach park in the north east area of Florida. The park is an amazing untouched wilderness right on the coast of Florida that is great for all types of adventure seeking nature goers. The park is one of few parks in florida that allows horseback riding right on the beach, and even offers lessons. It's also a great fishing location with the inclusion of the mile long George Crady Bridge Fishing pier as well as the option to shore fish right along the beach. Good times are not hard to find at the Amelia Island State Park beach, whether you're looking to explore and search for shells or simply relax and enjoy the waves, Amelia Island is your destination. 

Anastasia State Park is a must see for anyone looking to explore Florida's amazing beaches in their beautiful and natural state. The park is 1,600 acres of pure possibilities. Their are 139 campsites and activities galore for all campers and visitors including stunning nature walks and trails, and a grill area with a gift shop offering rentals on boats, kayaks, canoes and more. The park is also home to the Coquina Quarry where coquina rock was once mined in order to help construct the Castillo de San Marcos. With so much to do and see, Anastasia State Park is an amazing place for campers or visitors alike looking to experience natural and historic Florida. 

Big Talbot Island State park is a beautiful preserve that allows its visitors to take in the nature that surrounds them. The park is open from 8 in the morning until sundown every single day of the year. The boat ramp is available 24 hours a day, so guests can come here to take their boats out on the water. The remarkable thing about this state park is the Boneyard Beach. The trunks and twisted limbs of fallen trees are a beautiful sight and is quite the spot for photography practice. Guests can also fish, ride their bicycle, bird-watch, go hiking, picnicking, and pick up sea shells along the beaches waves. 

This eight-acre park features state-of-the-art boat launch, fishing pier, picnic and playground facilities, and an archaeological dig of the Mala Compra Plantation.

Marine Corps Support Facility Blount Island is a U.S. Marine Corps base located in Jacksonville, Florida. It is one of the newest bases in the U.S., having been built in 1986 and expanded on since. It is a specialized supply base with a small battalion sized military/civilian workforce augmented by 1,000 civilian contractors. The base’s mission is to supply and support Marine forces when they deploy overseas. 

Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park is home to 150 acres of Bulow Plantations where the Bulow family grew sugar cane, cotton, rice, and indigo. The ruins consist of an old sugar mill and what remains of the home's foundations as well as some of the slave cabins. Today, there is a trail that leads visitors to the ruins. As well as some history, there is also picnic facilities for those that would like to spend a few hours here and a boat ramp for canoes and small powerboats to float on the Bulow Creek. Fishing is permitted from a boat or on the docks. 

Camp Blanding Joint Training Center (CBJTC) is a Florida National Guard base that serves a broad array of military branches and can train ground military units up to a brigade in size. Located in central Northeast Florida, the Florida National Guard website proudly states that “Camp Blanding aspires to be the premier domestic and combat training facility in the southeastern U.S with a focus on Unified Land Operations.”

Open from Wednesdays to Sundays, this state park is a beautiful area to visit. On the grounds is a natural sinkhole within the mini rain forest. Visitors can learn all about the sinkhole and what research it has provided in a variety of ways through interpretive displays around the park. Apart from the natural sinkhole to check out, there is also a nature trail that is home to many small critters and plant life. With the peaceful setting and smells of nature around you, it's hard not to relax here. 

With 6,200 acres of land and water, this state park is full of natural beauty. Sandhills covered in longleaf pines, wiregrass, and sand pine scrub are homes to several endangered animals like the gopher tortoise and the fox squirrel. There are plenty of marked trails for hikers, bikers, and walkers, as well as a fishing dock, a canoe launch, and picnic areas that make the park a great place to spend the day. 

The Econfina River State Park is home to extensive wildlife and breathtaking landscapes. There are equestrian trails, nature trails, a boat ramp, and a canoe-kayak launch on site. This beautiful state park is over 4,500 acres and offers several once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

Eden Garden State Park is one of the beautiful state parks Florida has to offer with a long fascinating history dating back to 1890.  One of the interesting things about this park is the two-story house which guest can tour. This house, although renovated has been around since 1897; a must go to for history lovers or just for families looking for activities to do on a free afternoon!

A true Florida gem, Falling Creek Falls features a 10-foot waterfall and flows under Falling Creek Road through a deep ravine before going underground. The park is a featured recreation site with picnic tables, a boardwalk to the falls, and a historic building. Visitors may enjoy hiking, picnicking, and wildlife viewing.

Fanning Springs State Park is located along the Suwannee River and has crystal clear waters with a temperature of 72 degrees year-round; perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving. Along the beautiful blue waters, the park offers options for grilling and picnicking around the live oaks and a boardwalk leading you to a cypress swamp. The boardwalk also gives an amazing overlook of the Suwannee River and its amazing wildlife in their natural habitat. In the winter months it is common to see manatees swimming up towards the warmer waters and during summer months you can see musk turtles, bass mullet, freshwater flounder, and bowfin. Fanning Springs State Park is perfect for a day with family and friends to enjoy water activities and natural Florida sight-seeing throughout the entire park.

Faver-Dykes State Park offers a variety activities for nature enthusiasts. Longleaf pines and turkey oaks provide both shade and beauty for hikers venturing along Hiram-Faver and Pine Loop Trails. Colorful flicks from nature's paint brush in the form of wildflowers and blueberries grace these lands that once gave life to the Timucuan Indians. For the aquatically inclined, embark upon a journey down the Pellicer Creek. Head west to its freshwater beginnings or east to its salty embrace with the intracoastal. Bald eagles, manatees, river otters, and great blue herons call this many fingered waterway their home. Bask in these tranquil environs for an afternoon picnic or submerse yourself via a multi-night camping stay, either way this flora and fauna haven is a must see for all those visiting the northeast shores of Florida. 

Fernandina Plaza Historic State Park is filled with a rich history, a beautiful view. Once the site of the wooden Spanish Fort San Carlos, the park now hosts beautiful old Victorian houses, with the Plaza sill remaining. Sitting atop a bluff you will find an tranquil view of the Amelia river. It is the smallest state park in Florida, home to about 0.8 acres that offer a wonderful location for your next picnic. Sit on the bluffs watching the shrimp boats head out to sea, enjoy the breeze and salty air, and take in the history.

Fort Clinch State Park is one of the parks in Florida that holds much historical significance. As shown by the rows of cannons that are lined up across the St. Mary's River, it served as a strategic ground during the Civil War. The park offers tours with fun filled activities where one can learn about the historic events that took place at the site. During the first weekend of each month, one can relive the events that occurred in the battle field with the firing of the cannons and other battlefield demonstrations. 

Fort George Island is a state park like no other. It is quite the tourist attraction with several activities to partake, like boating, hiking, bird watching, geo-seeking, and many more. It is home to the stunning Kingsley Plantation and Ribault Club house that cater to many special events, secluded among one hundred acres of land with a breathtaking waterfront view. For an unforgettable experience, you can take a guided tour around the park and learn its historical roots while taking in the serene abundance of plant and animal life.

Fort Mose is an historic state park that offers visitors 40 acres of space for picnicking, birding, and historic sightseeing. The park opened in October 1994. It has garnished attention from the expansive knowledge on wildlife and also has one of the most interactive museums in any state park. It is the site of the first legally sanctioned free African settlement in the United States for those fleeing slavery in the Carolinas

Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail is a 16 mile trail that goes from Gainesville's Boulware Springs Park through the Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park. This trail makes for a great day trip and is designed for walking, cycling, and horseback riding. Throughout the trail you're bound to see beautiful overlooks as well as plenty of wildlife and plant communities. They have parking available at four trailheads for your convenience. Fishing is permitted in specific parts of the trail bridges at Prairie Creek and Lochloosa Creek. Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail is perfect for discovering old Florida history.

Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach is a beautiful island on the shore of the Atlantic. Take a walk on the beach and go shelling in the morning sunrise and star gazing at night. Explore the the islands’ nature; hiking, biking, boating, canoeing, kayaking, or fishing on the gentle Intracoastal Waterway. Make it your own and enjoy a sunny day at the beach.

This state park contains of one mile long pedestrian only fishing bridge where visitors can catch a variety of fish with a hook. It's one of the best fishing areas on the Northeast side of Florida, so it's a must to check out if you're looking for a great place to relax with a fishing pole. To get to the bridge, visitors have to travel through Amelia Island State Park but it's a beautiful drive full of natural scenery and you might even get a few glimpses of the wildlife that live there. 

Ichetucknee Springs is a 2,669-acre State Park located in North Florida. Its main attraction are the 8 major crystalline springs. They join together to create the six-mile long Ichetucknee River, perfect for tubing, kayaking, and snorkeling! The park offers Paddling Adventures rentals, where guest can rent equipment and get access to the park's transportation services such as shuttle buses, ensuring they make the most out of their time at the park. The General Store offers both hot and cold dining options, including hamburgers, fries, sandwiches, and ice cream that guests can enjoy at the outdoor picnic tables located throughout the park. In addition to these attractions, the park is a safe haven to many wildlife species such as beaver, otter, gar, softshell turtle, wild turkey, wood duck, and limpkin. Guests may catch a glimpse of many of these critters as they explore any of the park's three nature trails, guiding visitors through lush forests, sandhill plains, and the towering longleaf pine environments preserved here. Whether you're a nature enthusiast or just looking for a way to cool off in the Florida heat, Ichetucknee Springs offers fun for guests of all interests and ages!

The Inglis Bypass Recreation Area is a popular fishing spot for fresh and saltwater species with two picnic pavilions located nearby to enjoy the day in the shade. Additionally, mowed grass paths run Eastward along the Bypass Canal, creating an idea environment for hiking, biking, and other recreational activities.

The Jacksonville Jaguars joined the NFL in 1993. Although they aren't the winningest franchise they have made their mark on the league in other ways.

This state park was named after John Gorrie, a physician who was deeply involved with his community as he served as a postmaster, city treasurer, town councilman, and even a bank director. During his lifetime, yellow fever was a big problem in the area, and he found that the cooler the room, the easier it was for patients to survive. He received the first U.S. Patent for mechanical refrigeration in 1851 and this ice-making machine sits in the museum on the this state park property. There are, of course, other artifacts throughout the lifetime of Gorrie that sit on display in the museum, as well as some history of the Florida Park Service, which is dedicated to preserving the natural areas of Florida. Along with the museum, people can picnic on the grounds when it's a beautiful day outside.

If you're a passionate angler or you just like being out on the water, the Kenwood Recreation area is a prime fishing location. Nearly every weekend, the park holds a range of fishing tournaments from ten to over one hundred and fifty participating boats! If fishing simply isn't your thing, there's plenty of other things to love about the park, like the boating expeditions, picnic pavilions, and wildlife. It's located on the Rodman Reservoir, where you can also enjoy hiking along trails, camping, and much more.

The Lafayette Blue Springs State Park allows visitors to explore the Suwannee River, camp-out, star-gaze, and picnic, among other things. This park is especially different because there is a campground that only allows tents. The campsites offer both electric and water.

There is quite a lot to do and explore at Little Talbot Island. With miles of untouched beaches, white sand, and trails, the experience is breathtakingly beautiful. Partake in paddling or surfing the current, go on a hike or guided tour along the three mile trails and identify different exhibits, camp on the grounds and sit around a campfire circle, or have a picnic at one of the pavilions. There's even a biking trail and spots for fishing too. They have a lot of accommodations for their explorers, and there's plenty to see. This state park is one worth the visit!

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park dates back to the 1930's when Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings lived in a community called Cross Creek. It was in this home that she wrote her novel The Yearling which won a Pullitzer Prize. Guests visiting can explore the farm, walk a trail in the wooded area, view the preserved gardens and groves, or take part in a guided tour of the home. Adjacent to the farm, there is a county park where picnic tables, a playground, and a boat ramp to Orange Lake are all available. This Historic State Park is great for families or anyone looking to learn about Florida history.

Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park was created by the Civilians Conservation Corps in the 1930's. The park contains one of the last remaining examples of an old growth stand of longleaf pines. Its marshes and lakes provide habitats to various forms of animals which make the park a great destination for wildlife viewing. Visitors can hike the Florida National Scenic Trail, or they can swim, canoe, or fish in Lake Johnson. There are picnic areas for families to enjoy the day and designated camping grounds to spend the night. 

Naval Air Station Jacksonville, also known as NAS Jacksonville, is a large military base located in Northeast Florida within the city of Jacksonville, Florida.

Naval Hospital Jacksonville is a military hospital located on the large military base, Naval Air Station Jacksonville, which is located in Northeast Florida within the city of Jacksonville.
 

Naval Station Mayport, is a large naval base located in the community of Mayport in Jacksonville, Florida.

There is plenty of things to keep you entertained at O'Leno State Park. Some of its amenities include campfire circles, kayak launches, an amphitheater, museum, and playground. There are a few trails to go hiking or biking on as well, and if you would like to experience all of the fun at O'Leno, you can spend the night on the campgrounds! The park is filled with breathtaking views and wildlife, containing eighteen natural communities, which makes it one of the most diverse state parks in all of Florida.

Olustee Battle Field Historic State Park is the site of Florida's largest Civil War battle that took place in 1864. Olustee Battle Field has a visitor center that contains historical information and artifacts about the war and the site. A reenactment is held every February at the park. Visitors can relax at the picnic pavillion or take a walk along a mile long trail that has signs describing the events of the battle.

The Palatka to St. Augustine Trail is a beautiful stretch of land that connects both St. Johns and Putnum counties. This 12-foot wide, 19 mile long trailed is nicely paved and is full of agricultural landscapes and scenic routes. There are a number of access locations but the most popular tends to be starting in St. Johns and ending at Putnum, most likely due to the abundance of parking available at the eastern trailheads. In addition, you also get the opportunity to visit The Florida Trail Town of Palatka mid travels. This trail is not to be missed. Happy Trails! 

Palatka-to-Lake Butler State Trail is located in one of the most beautiful areas of the state. This trail extends 47 miles, and it's opened 365 days a year. It offers four miles of paved asphalt for bicycling and approximately 19 miles of paved asphalt. It's also pet friendly and has a playground. Be sure to check out this beautiful trail for a day full of fun and nature!

Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park offers an amphitheater, shower stations, a playground, and campfire circles, among other amenities. Bicycling, hiking, fishing, and geo-seeking are some of the activities for guests to take part in while at the park. 

Journey through expansive pine Flatwoods and visit the homes of Pumpkin Hill Preserve State Park's prolific wildlife from alligators to wood storks. Its 15-mile trail accommodates hikers, off-road bikers, and equestrians while offering two fishing spots.

Ravine Gardens State Park is known for its steephead ravines that are caused by a spring-fed creek that never dries up. The ravines have widened over the years and were turned into a beautiful garden. Visitors can see the garden and all its glory from a 1.8 mile long paved road, enjoying photo stops and parking areas along the way. Picnic tables, large covered pavillions, and auditoriums are also available. The garden is most known for its beautiful azaleas which are best to see during the Florida winter months. 

River Rise Preserve State Park is surrounded by a wooded area and many tall trees. It's the perfect spot for equestrians and bicyclists looking to explore over 35 miles of trails. Anglers can enjoy their time fishing in part of the Santa Fe River. Then when the day is done, there is plenty of room on site for guests and their horses to camp overnight. There's even campfire circles, picnic pavilions, interpretive exhibits, and a bathhouse for your enjoyment and convenience. It is filled with breathtaking scenery just waiting to be discovered, and it is quite the natural and quiet getaway.

What better way to cool off on a hot day than by stopping by Ruth B. Kirby Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park!  Some of the onsite springs include Gilchrist Blue, Little Blue Spring, Naked Spring, Kiefer Spring, and Johnson Spring. The main spring is known for it's support of wildlife. However, the springs aren't all the park has to offer, Ruth B. Kirby Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park offers paddling, snorkeling, and swimming. 

The oldest structure in the city, the St. Augustine Lighthouse has stood erect for nearly 145 years. Visit the working remains of Florida's first lighthouse and experience the rich history of a once vital structure.

One of the last coastal wetlands on the Atlantic Coast. Discover years of human history and experience the beauty of salt marshes, coastal dunes, and hardwood hammocks in a beautiful historical Florida setting. The Timucuan Preserve includes Fort Caroline and the Kingsley Plantation.

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A'GACI is a store dedicated to all women's fashion. Clothing, shoes, and accessories fill the walls of this store to the max, complete with dressing rooms to try those outfits on. Casual and business attire alike, there is something here for even the pickiest female shopper!

A1A Ale Works is a massive, two-story restaurant that features live music, a scratch kitchen, an abundant Florida craft beer menu, and beautiful scenic views of the Bridge of Lions and Matanzas River in historic downtown St. Augustine. 

This family entertainment center and waterpark has two locations in Florida, both near Jacksonville. It includes two 18-hole miniature golf courses, each with a unique theme, laser tag, batting cages, go-karts, a junior coaster, and an arcade complete with tickets to get some awesome prizes. The first Adventure Landing theme park was opened in 1995 in Jacksonville Beach by Adventure Entertainment Company. Since then, nine more theme parks have made their construction in the United States and continue to bring fun to families who visit every year. 

This diverse county places the splendors of nature on proud display. Whether it be in a botanical garden, playground swinging and team sports participation, viewing wildlife in a preserve, or walking Alachua’s trails, come view the wide array of plant and animal life in person.

A second location for the flagship brewing company located in the historic downtown St. Augustine area. With a wide distribution radius, a great selection of beers, a great design, and a helpful staff, Ancient City is one of the most successful in the business in America's oldest city. 

If you need a quick pick-me-up espresso or super food smoothie, follow Back to the Grind Mobile Cafe on social media. Boasting the freshest coffee brews from their local roaster, you can order your choice of hot, cold, or espresso coffee. If you're feeling hungry, enjoy any of their healthful smoothies, such as a peanut butter banana or tropical smoothie with an option to "power up." Don't miss out on their fresh fruit parfaits with a cup of your favorite coffee beverage.

Sit back, relax, and take in the waves at Baker County. Your ATV and your boat are welcome here, but feel free to take a walk as well and go see a little league game as well. 

Baptist Medical Center offers several programs that focus on making health care available for all children, adults, and elderly people in Northeastern Florida. Baptist Medical center offers quality health care services at a reasonable cost.

If you want "Not Fancy Food, Just Good Food," head over to Big Guy's Backyard Grill. They offer high quality, fresh, never frozen food. They have a good variety of American, BBQ, and Mexican cuisine. If you can't make it to their food truck, which travels to several locations, including Jacksonville, Orange Park, Middleburg, Greencove Springs, and Lake Asbury, you can always call for food to be delivered. 

Big Top Brewing Company is a Sarasota-based brewery that crafts unique and tasty beers. Big Top Brewing Company's mission is to create beers that reflect the rich and powerful history of Sarasota, Florida. The brewery offers tasting room hours so that visitors are able to try different beers.

A family owned winery specializing in blueberry wine. They started from picking blueberries off of the family farm and since decided to turn this hobby into the place that is known today.

A brewing company located in the west Augustine area of St. Augustine, just over the San Sebastian River from the historic downtown area. It is most notable for using locally sourced, fresh ingredients, providing a rotating stock of seasonal brews to accompany its year-round favorites. 

Bolay is a fast-dining restaurant but not fast food. The ingredients are brought in fresh daily to help bring you the fuel you need to power through your day. Each bol (bowl) is 100% gluten free but extremely tasty. Offering four pre-made bols and a wide range of ingredients to craft your own experience over 100 different ways. Bolay is a growing Florida only chain with nearly ten locations statewide. Check their website for the closest location to you.

Bold City Brewery is a Jacksonville based brewing company located in the Riverside district, with a second location in downtown Jacksonville, just north of the St. Johns River. The company was founded in 2011 by Brian and Susan Miller, and has continued to serve the Jacksonville community with innovative craft beverages, while maintaining a close-knit family of employees and regular customers. It is one of the most successful breweries in Jacksonville. 

Bradford County has all the boating, parklife, and wildlife areas to make scheduling that nature outing a literal breeze. Youth football and cheerleading programs are also a great way for your kids to get outside. Come check out what this great Florida County has to offer.

Butler's three different outdoor retail centers make shopping easier for everyone. Not only does it have great shopping, but you'll also find an incredible selection of restaurants and eateries for every budget and taste.

Offering the freshest seafood and most flavorful handcrafted cocktails in the heart of St. Augustine, Casa Maya is a hidden gem that will blow your taste buds away. Every dish is expertly orchestrated with fresh ingredients from nearby farmers and fisherman and influenced by authentic Mexican dishes, giving diners the chance to experience an unparalleled feast only found in the oldest city in America.

Travel to the oldest city in Florida and visit a centuries-old colonial fort that has changed ownership between the British, American, and Spanish forces numerous times before the formation of what is now the United States of America. 

If you are living in Gainesville or planning on visiting and looking for some great service and vegan/vegetarian options, then look no further! Civilization is a wonderful spot for high-quality, organic food and superb service. Keep note that menu items changes weekly, in order to incorporate cuisines from around the world. 

Clay County plays host to such a large number of activities and boasts so many great locations for park going, sporting, and outdoor recreation that it's impossible to list them all here. These are a few great places to check out, but there is always more to see at this unique resource. If you're interested in spacious fairgrounds and state parks that abound in water activities, this is the place to be. 

Columbia County has a host of activities to enjoy in its confines. Sports, community activities, and even a trip to a waterfall are all found in this great piece of Central Florida.

 

This is a great off-leash fenced in dog park with benches and a dog drinking area near downtown Jacksonville.

Cool Stuff Games is a shop that sells everything related to tabletop gaming including CCGs, Board Games, Miniatures, RPGs, and so much more. There are several Cool Stuff Game locations around Florida. They have daily events and tournaments every week, so check the website to find the fun event for you.

CyPress Publications is a private publishing company that has been active since 1995. They offer three types of publishing services: traditional, self-publishing, and cooperative publishing. By doing this, CyPress's goal is to assure its authors that their dreams of publishing are possible. 

The Daily Green in Gainesville is a dream spot for all foodies because there are gluten-free, paleo, vegan, and vegetarian options available. The Daily Green holds Sunday brunches and offers different specials each week. All eaters are welcome, so come try some yummy food!

A brewing company located in the heart of the historic downtown area of St. Augustine. Opening its doors in 2017, Dog Rose has continued its efforts to brew traditional beer styles, handcrafted and of the highest quality. 

This beautiful 42 acre park including 25 fenced acres has many fun activities that you can do with your dog including jogging and walking trails, as well as swimming ponds.

Listed as a historic place in Florida, visitors of this park can learn all about Florida farming from the 1850s to the mid 1940s through the generations of the Dudley family. The property consists of 18 buildings, including the farmhouse that still houses the original furniture, an 1880's kitchen outbuilding, a general store, post office, and a functional cane syrup complex. It's extra fun here since the park staff dress up in period clothing to go about their general chores, like raising the crops and tending to the livestock. If you've ever been curious to how a farm really worked more than one hundred years ago, this is a great throw back in time to check out. There are also some nature trails here that are perfect for hikers and gardens that are beautiful to enjoy when everything is blooming. 

Duval County’s key city, Jacksonville, has the largest park system in North America, with its 300 public and recreational spaces and 22 community centers. With this outrageous number of parks, you might be able to visit a different park every day during a leap year, and not repeat one. We haven’t done the math, but it's probably around there. Anyway, here are some of our favorites.

The East End Eatery in Gainesville is known for offering great lunch, breakfast, and brunch options. There are also vegan and vegetarian options available. 

Flagler Beachfront Winery is an award winning winery with over 4 awards in the latest competition. As a family run business, the winery specializes in family and community. 

Flagler County is rife in history, fishing locations, sporting activities, and beautiful beaches. Take some time off and explore idyllic locales of this great Florida County.

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Tours are available of Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, the original site of the Nation’s oldest city. With history as far back as 500 years ago, the Fountain of Youth Park will inform and amaze you. Between exploring the exhibits, visiting the giftshop, and walking around this 15 acre waterfront park, every visitor is sure to find all day entertainment. 

Ginnie Springs is a beautiful area to relax in, with its sparkling blue pools of water and canopy of greenery from the trees. With swimming, tubing, kayaks, paddleboards, and canoes, there's not much you can't do in these blue waters. There's also camping available to those who would like to stay a few days and there's often other types of events that go on throughout the year, like the Ginnie Brew Fest in October.

Grassroots is a natural food market that provides you with a variety of local and organic produce, freshly squeezed juices, wines, supplements, and whatever else you need to live a healthy lifestyle.

Green Erth Bistro is your friendly neighborhood Persian restaurant. The exotic mixture of modern ingredients and flavorful Persian cuisine would feed anyones' food indulgence. Enjoy an intimate and relaxed dining experience while you choose from a variety of small plates, salads, soups, kabobs, and more!

In the mood for a light dish with some serious spice? Green Papaya serves family style Pan Asian dishes that are known for their kick. The all natural ingredients come in a variety of colors, textures, and spiciness. Come enjoy their delicious mango spring roll or sip on their spicy Tom Yum soup.

Let's face it, Florida summers are so long that the brief reprieve you get from the short winter months just isn't enough. Well, head over to Guanabana Truck! They make fruity ice pops that are free of artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives. They also offer gluten and dairy free ice pops. According to their website they "... use the highest quality milks and creams to pair with ingredients like chocolate and peanut butter." Find them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to follow their truck.

Holmes County makes a splash both literally and with its wave of activities to catch a ride on. High school sports, as well as the Wayside Rock Bottom and Middlebrooks Parks allow this close-knit area of Florida to offer a great number of sights and activities for all comers. Come and check out a few examples of what Holmes has to discover.  

The meals at Homespun Kitchen are prepared with 85% organic and 100% natural ingredients for those who love tasty food that's also great fuel for your body. Enjoy an organic frozen yogurt at the bar or grab a power wrap to go!

Capt Tommy is a Fishing guide located in St. Augustine Florida. His charters range from Palm Coast to St. Augustine. He is a popular guest on the Chevy Florida Insider Fishing Report for the northeast region of Florida. 

Jaxport is an international trade and cruise seaport located on the north east coast of Florida. 

Juice Tap offers fresh juice shots, acai bowl, smoothies, and more! They thrive on providing the freshest food and drinks that will nourish your body and get you pumped for the day.

K Ramen Burger Beer is a restaurant that brings together some of the trendiest food in an environment unlike any other. Here you can eat delicious burgers, ramen, and poke while you play games and relax surrounded by anime and Japanese decor.

Karma Cream in Gainesville offers vegan and organic ice-cream, sandwiches, pastries, and a variety of coffee drinks, among other things. Cupcakes, scones, and donuts are just some of the goodies available at Karma Cream. So, next time you are in Gainesville, make sure to check this spot out!

Lake City Mall is one of the largest malls in North Florida. Come here to shop for just about anything you could want. When you're done shopping check out some of the many dining options here for dinner.

This is a family owned historic log cabin farm over 75 years in the making. Home to various wines but grows only the best muscadine wines available.

Maa Kitchen is an authentic Indian restaurant that is predominantly vegan with non-vegan options. Their diverse cuisine allows for a wide variety of menu options. From their flavorful curry to their Tandoori Sizzlers, you will experience the highest standards of food freshness and seasonality from the Indian culture.

Marineland Dolphin Adventure, the world's first oceanarium, offers a 1.3 million gallon series of dolphin habitats. Choose from a variety of interactive programs, which range from those for land-loving guests to enjoy dolphins up-close, to those that offer the opportunity to immerse yourself in the dolphins' aquatic world as you swim with our gentle residents. 

If you want authentic Chicago style comfort food then visit Messy Fingers food truck on your lunch break or at your next outing. They offer delectable Philly cheese steaks, mouthwatering cheesy burgers, fish tacos, and an impressive pastrami sandwich, to only name a few. 

Experience award-winning dining affair paired with the perfect glass of wine at Michael’s Tasting Room. Nestled into the charming brick roads of St. Augustine’s Calle Cuna, the tasting room offers an elegant, romantic setting for wine tasting, tapas, and extraordinarily flavorful meals dressed in Spanish flare and expertly prepared to perfection. Having been featured on The Food Network with eleven Awards of Excellence, Michael’s Tasting Room is an experience you won’t want to miss.

If you're looking for delicious comfort food, check out the Mother Truckin Pizza food truck during your next outing. Enjoy a mouth watering jumbo slice with such toppings as buffalo chicken, Hawaiian, veggie, and many more other options to choose from. Check out their full menu online for other options such as calzones, toasted subs, and drinks.

Mr. Potato Spread is no stranger to creativity and versatility. Taking ordinary potatoes and turning them into creative masterpieces, this food truck offers delectable options ranging in flavors. From the shrimp fajita pot, the bacon ranch pot, to their two vegetarian options, and several others, the variations are plenty, And, if you're feeling particularly creative yourself, you can have their plain potato "build your own" option.

Nacho Taco is a Mexican, vegan friendly restaurant open for delivery and take out. They pride themselves on serving the warmest corn tortillas and chips. With natural ingredients cooked fresh just for you, Taco Nacho is flavorful, affordable and, vegan!

Nassau County features 19 park locations to provide entertainment and enrichment in North Florida’s natural environment.

Nona Blue is the child of a tavern soul and foodie heart. A neighborhood hangout where you want to bring your date and hangout after work with some friends. Their large sharable menu lends to the concept of Nona Blue being a social place. So, whether coming by yourself to get away or bringing the office to unwind after a hard day Nona Blue is the place you want to go, where everybody will soon know your name.

A brewing company located East of the historic downtown St. Augustine area across the Bridge of Lions. Brewing the full spectrum of traditional style ales, Old Coast Ales takes pride in their craft and it has shown in their range of products. 

The Orange Park Mall is a large mall that offers shopping of all kinds plus food and fun activities for the whole family. Check out the escape room or catch a movie at the AMC theater for extra entertainment.

Capt. Chris Herra is a local fishing guide located in Palm Coast Florida. He offers sightseeing and fishing trips in the Flagler and St Augustine areas. He has very excellent reviews more info is on his website. 

Palm Coast Fishing and Boat Rental is located in Palm Coast Florida. They are a locally operated family business with decades of experience in the area. 

Captain Brian is a sightseeing tour and fishing charter captain. He is located in Palm Coast Florida and has been around for many years.

Paws Dog Park at Treaty Park has small and large dog areas that are separated. There are two dog park areas with watering holes, shaded areas with benches, and other great amenities. 

As Jacksonville's "one and only gourmet panini food truck," you can find Professor Panini at the Riverside Arts market from 10 am to 3 pm every Saturday. They also serve at local events, including corporate offices and neighborhoods. You can choose from menu items such as The Professor, which includes BBQ chicken and Mac n' Cheese, or a veggie panini. They also offer a choice of four sides that include asparagus, fries, Mac n' Cheese, and chips. To see their full menu and their schedule, you can find them on their website and on Facebook.

Putnam County plays host to several interesting locations to spend your afternoons. Those seeking activities for seniors and park goers who want to hit the trails while retracing an historical journey will find themselves well sated with options.

The Regency Square Mall is a relatively small mall in Jacksonville. It's a great place to get your shopping done and have a quick meal. You can also catch a movie at the AMC theater.

Captain Anthony is a fishing charter captain located in Palm Coast Florida. He operates his business out of St. Augustine Florida. He has been fishing St. Augustine waters for over 20 years. 

Room 5280 Live Escape Games is located in Jacksonville,  FL, and it features four different escape rooms. Accept the challenge and bring your friends and family along with you to beat the puzzles and riddles of each room and escape in just 60 minutes. Each room is unique in its own story line, difficulty, and layout. You'll have to escape all four to really conquer Room 5280!

Royal Manor Winery is an local vineyard and winery that has been awarded double gold for their Southern Passion fruit wine blend. 

San Sebastian Winery has been around since 1996, and still remains as the second largest in Florida. Their wine is being made at the Lakeridge Winery and specializes in Noble, Carlos, and Welder muscadine wines.

Roller skating is a great activity not only for kids, but for the adults too! Skate Station is dedicated to making sure you have as much fun as possible while you wheel around on four wheeled skates while also making sure you're being safe. This is a great place to throw birthday parties for younger kids, all you have to do is bring the kids and the cake and Skate Station can take care of the rest! There's also an awesome arcade with games like Ice Ball and Air hockey, a pirate themed mini golf that they call Swamp golf, a two-story soft playground for kids under the age of 10 to play in, and a big rock climbing wall for all ages.

One of Jacksonville's most famous vegan cafe's, Southern Roots Filling Station prides itself on ethical living by serving healthy and delicious vegetarian and vegan meals. Enjoy a vegan latte with their renowned sammies or shop for your favorite food essentials.

Now with two different locations in Florida, Splitz is a fun bowling center that's perfect with a group of friends. Not only are there 26 bowling lanes, but there is also laser tag, a video arcade, and a sports bar and grill if you're feeling a bit hungry. They often have events here too, like Karaoke, trivia nights, and happy hour for the adults who like to bowl. Be sure to check in with them first if you're planning on bowling with a big group!

Crafting the essence of Florida into every bottle, the St. Augustine Distillery is a collaboration of denizens that are passionate about showcasing the taste of locally grown crops in a collection of super premium distilled spirits. The distillery produces everything from whiskey and rum to vodka and gin using the richest flavors the Sunshine State has to offer.

Bear, wolves, tiger, lion, and ligers! St. Augustine Wildlife Reserve is a refuge for unwanted and rescued exotic animals who would have faced dire consequences without intervention.

St. Johns County offers a diverse variety of activities for its visitors and residents. Try a Geocaching treasure hunt, have a few at bats at Mills Field, and participate in one of the many Naturalist Programs in this intriguing area.

Calling all sushi lovers, Sushiko is Jacksonville's ultimate Japanese grill and sushi restaurant. The dishes are skillfully prepared with the finest and freshest ingredients and the dining experience is relaxing yet high standard. Their vegan and vegetarian options make the dishes enjoyable for those with dietary restrictions.

Sweet Pete's Candy is a candy store located in Jacksonville and they sell all kinds of candy. From gummy candies, to freshly hand roped lollipops, fudge and sea salt caramels, your eyes will surely pop out of your head when you see this place. For a little extra treat, though, you can schedule a class and learn how to make a chocolate pizza complete with your own toppings, make your own chocolate bar, hand roll your own lollipops, and even learn how to make saltwater taffy. The kid in you will appreciate it.  

Sweet Theory Baking Company is home to some of the most deliciously unique vegan pastries in Jacksonville. From gluten free donuts to vegan cinnamon rolls, their desserts are freshly made just for you. If you have a sweet tooth, stop by for their bacon maple donuts. But hurry, they run out fast!

If you're visiting Jacksonville don't forget to visit Sweeto Burrito! These burritos "Take Hunger to the Mat with Flavor Worth Fighting For".

Tangled Oaks Vineyard & Winery has been a family run business since 2006. They take pride in making quality and affordable wine for their customers. 

With over 150 stores, The Avenues is one of Jacksonville's largest and most upscale malls. The multiple floors contain tons of option for shopping, dining, and family friendly entertainment. 

Take a step back in time and let your nostalgia take over at this old fashioned book store! They have lots of different genres of books including many Florida history books and autographed first editions.

With a clever name that is sure to capture your attention, The Butt Hutt Smokehouse is ranked as a top 50 Food Truck in the USA in 2018. It has been featured on Cooking Channel's Cheap Eats. The menu offers Florida style BBQ with specialties such as Bangin' Beef Curry Fries. For the full menu of Florida BBQ specialties, check out their website.

The Catty Shack Ranch is a non-profit animal sanctuary home to a variety of rescued animals including exotic cats such as lions, tigers, and pumas.

Experience 18th century vintage style and luxury comfort during your stay at The Collector Inn. Book a room in seven of St. Augustine’s famous historic cottages as the tranquil designs of each suite persuade you step into vacation mode with ease. Within walking distance of the lively heart of historic St. Augustine, you’ll find endless reasons to extend your stay.

The Dinner Detective is a comedy mystery dinner show currently showing in 4 cities across Florida: Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, and West Palm Beach. It shows in hotels in those cities, giving families a delicious meal as well as a mystery to solve in which they may became the lead suspect.

Hyppo Ice Pops started in St. Augustine with a passion for all things natural and simple. The pop shop offers gourmet frozen treats made with just four simple ingredients, including only using the freshest fruit available using seasonal crops. With over 450 flavors to try, and new combinations on the way, there will always be something new at the The Hyppo.

The goal for JOY FM is to help you find the joy within yourself. This Christian radio station starts mornings with The Morning Cruise where they share the big word of the day and devotional. Throughout the day you can listen to the top Christian artists.

Stop by this charming shopping location to find many of your classic mall stores and so much more. Events throughout the year and great dining options keep people coming back time and time again.

The Top Restaurant in Gainesville is a restaurant with a large menu and daily specials. The restaurant offers burgers, build-your-own grilled cheeses, and vegan/vegetarian options among other things. 

Tossgreens' 4 step menu gives you a combination of traditional and modern natural cuisines. Their fresh and delicious ingredients are blended with spices, allowing you to build your own vegetarian or non-veg burrito, wrap, or bowl!

Union County, the smallest county in the state of Florida, is host to several great locations for outdoor recreation. Hit the water at a freshwater beach, visit the local hiking and biking trails, and make a trip to its local museum.

University of Florida is a college in Gainesville with more than 51,000. As a leader in higher education, UF focuses on excellence in research, teaching, technology and athletics. 

University of North Florida is a college in Jacksonville that opened for classes in 1972. Today UNF has approximately 17,000 students.

WCJB-TV is an ABC-affiliated television station licensed to Gainesville, Florida. Owned by Gray Television, WCJB-TV maintains studios on Northwest 43rd Street in Gainesville.

WNBW-DT is an NBC-affiliated television station licensed to Gainesville, Florida. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on virtual and VHF channel 9 from a transmitter in Newberry.

WOGX is a Fox owned-and-operated television station serving Gainesville, Florida that is licensed to Ocala.

WUFT-TV is a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)-member television station licensed to Gainesville, Florida. The station is owned by the University of Florida, and maintains studios and offices at Weimer Hall on the University's campus.

Found in a few locations in Florida, Zeno's always seems to be near a beach. This candy store started in 1948 and has since been family owned and operated. While saltwater taffy is their specialty, they also have gourmet popcorn, homemade ice cream, fudge, brittle, and what they call seafoam which is a very light and airy caramel tasting treat. 

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