Top 9 Things To Do In & Near Old Town, Florida - Updated 2022

things to do in old town florida

When you ask people what they know about the state of Florida, most will say something about their theme parks, like Busch Gardens, Universal, and, of course, Disney World, but there is so much more to Florida than these hot spots. There is a wonderful wildlife presence and historical background in Florida. One of the most historic places here is Dixie County, which holds the unincorporated community of Old Town. Settled by colonists in 1820 and the site of a battle with the indigenous Seminole people, there is a lot to learn about Old Town. If you’re wondering what to do in the area, then read on to learn about the top things to do in and near Old Town, Florida.

1. Grande Ridge Winery

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Grande Ridge Winery Will be open till 630 tonight!

Posted by Grande Ridge Winery on Thursday, December 15, 2016

One of the best Old Town activities for wine connoisseurs includes visiting this local winery. Head down to Grande Ridge Winery, a family-owned winery where you can enjoy tasting five varieties of locally produced muscadine wines. They have an outdoor space where visitors can relax and enjoy a glass of wine while learning about the process. This winery is open from Tuesdays to Saturdays, so if you want to sample local wines while you’re here, be sure to drop by.

Grande Ridge Winery

Address: 7028 NE Highway 349 Old Town, Florida, FL 32680

Website: Grande Ridge Winery

Opening hours: Tue - Sat: 10am - 5pm (closed on Sun & Mon)

Near Old Town

2. Manatee Springs State Park

Manatee Springs State Park boating area
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Michael Rivera used under CC BY-SA 4.0

If you’re looking for a refreshing place to cool off near Old Town, Florida, then you have to drop by Manatee Springs State Park. This gorgeous state park offers plenty of recreational activities for nature lovers. There are trails for hiking and biking, a playground for children, a campground, and picnic areas. If you’re lucky or come at the right time, you’ll be able to catch sight of manatees.

Manatee Springs State Park

Address: 11650 NW 115 St, Chiefland, FL 32626, USA

Website: Manatee Springs State Park

3. Ichetucknee Head Springs State Park

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Ichetucknee Head Springs State Park is a great place to enjoy water activities near Old Town. A spring run inside this park is so pristine that it has been designated as a U.S. National Natural Landmark. The predominant activity here is tubing down the river, but you can also enjoy snorkeling, scuba diving, canoeing, hiking, and wildlife viewing. Ichetucknee River runs for 6 miles (9.6 kilometers) before joining the Santa Fe River.

Ichetucknee Head Springs State Park

Address: 12087 Southwest, US-27, Fort White, FL 32038

Website: Ichetucknee Head Springs State Park

4. Big Bend Seagrasses Aquatic Preserve

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Come to Big Bend Seagrasses Aquatic Preserve to enjoy recreational activities like boating, fishing, bird watching, and hiking. Established in 1985, this marine protected area spans almost 1 million acres (404,685 hectares). An area of the Suwannee River region houses a viable population of Gulf sturgeon, a threatened species of large fish.

Big Bend Seagrasses Aquatic Preserve

Address: 3266 North Sailboat Avenue Crystal River, FL 34428

Website: Big Bend Seagrasses Aquatic Preserve

5. Horseshoe Beach Marina

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Horseshoe Beach Marina is one of the best fishing spots in Florida. Horseshoe Beach is a small fishing and boating community on the Gulf of Mexico. From Old Town, it’s approximately 28 miles (45 kilometers) away. If you want to spend a day catching sand trout or flounder, this small town is the place to be. Head down to Horseshoe Beach and get fishing!

Horseshoe Beach Marina

Address: 262 3rd St. Horseshoe Beach, Florida, 32648

Website: Horseshoe Beach Marina

6. Nature Coast State Trail

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Nature Coast State Trail is a part of Florida’s Greenways and Trails System and has also been designated as a National Recreation Trail. When traveling down this trail, you’ll see the historic Suwannee River trestle bridge. This trail is one of the abandoned railroad tracks built when trains started taking over steamships. The trail is ideal for runners, riders, and skaters. Even horseback riders can enjoy this trail on the unpaved path that runs parallel to the paved path.

Nature Coast State Trail

Address: 17441 N.W. Old Fanning Road, Fanning Springs, FL 32693

Website: Nature Coast State Trail

7. Capt. Ron's Awesome Suwanee Adventures

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Posted by Capt. Ron's Awesome Suwannee Adventures on Tuesday, January 1, 2019

“Way down upon the Swanee River, far, far away. That’s where my heart is yearning ever, home where the old folks stay.” This minstrel song is taught in elementary schools across the state of Florida. Everyone who grew up in Florida knows how beautiful the Suwanee River is, and you should too. Take a Waverunner ride with Capt. Ron’s Awesome Suwanee Adventures and explore the river - you might even get to see some dolphins along the way. This service offers great pricing with no hidden costs or fees.

Capt. Ron's Awesome Suwanee Adventures

Address: 909A Collier Court, Caxambas Park, Marco Island, FL 34145-6514

Facebook: Capt. Ron’s Awesome Suwanee Adventures

8. Ginnie Springs Outdoors

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Posted by Ginnie Springs on Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Ginnie Springs Outdoors is connected to the Santa Fe River. At this park, you can picnic as well as camp overnight. There are camping sites with or without electricity, or you can come to the park simply to enjoy water activities such as swimming, tubing, kayaking, and more. There is no need to worry about bringing water sports equipment, as they can be rented on-site.

Ginnie Springs Outdoors

Address: 5000 NE 60th Avenue High Springs, Florida 32643

Website: Ginnie Springs Outdoors

9. Blue Springs State Park (from USD 65.0)

Blue Springs State Park is a designated manatee refuge as this is the spring where manatees shelter during the winter. This park gets extremely busy and often reaches maximum capacity during the day, so if you are planning on visiting this park, plan to get there early or book a tour ahead of time. This 3.5-hour-long guided kayaking tour is a great way to encounter manatees up close. Learn about these gentle giants on your Florida trip when you book this Viator tour.

Blue Spring Park Small-Group Guided Manatee Kayak Tour

Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes

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Florida is a great place to enjoy activities under the sun. The various state parks and recreational areas near Old Town make it a great spot to enjoy water sports, especially if you want to encounter a manatee, which is Florida state’s marine mammal. Come down to Old Town, Florida, for a glimpse of historic USA.

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Alisa Atkinson is a Freelance Technical Writer. Alisa is a Canadian born author that lives in Orlando, Florida. She is from Guyanese Indian decent and loves to learn about her culture every chance...Read more

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