When you ask people what they know about the state of Florida, most will say something about their theme parks, like Bush 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 to Florida. One of the most historic places in Florida 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 and a lot to see and do. Read on to learn about the top ten things to do in Old Town, Florida.
1. Capt. Ron's Awesome Suwanee Adventures
“Way down upon the Swanee River, far, far away. That’s where my heart is yearning ever, home where the old folks stay.” This old folk 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 see the beautiful Suwanee River -you might even get to see some dolphins along the way. Capt. Ron’s 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
2. Island Time Charter
Do you love fishing, scuba diving and looking for underwater wildlife? Then Island Time Charter is the place to call, to charter a boat for all your aquatic touring needs. These guys know the ins and outs of all of the waterways in Old Town, Florida and are more than willing to take you on an unforgettable waterway adventure! Sightseeing, sunset cruises and tiki bar hopping, along with fishing tours and even landscape painting trips, these guys cover it all.
Island Time Charter
Address: 202 William Street, Old Town, FL
Website: Island Time Charter
3. Grande Ridge Winery
Are you a wine connoisseur? Head down to the Grande Ridge Winery, where the wine tasting is free! The winery is locally owned and offers made to order baskets and gift bags.
Grande Ridge Winery
Address: 7028 NE Highway 349 Old Town, Florida, FL 32680
Website: Grande Ridge Winery
4. Manatee Springs State Park
Manatee Springs State Park is a gorgeous park that has been designated a World Heritage Site. If you love nature and clear blue water, this park is for you! There are trails for hiking and biking, playgrounds for children and picnic areas to enjoy. Not to mention, you can encounter one of the friendliest animals on the planet, the manatee.
Manatee Springs State Park
Address: 11650 NW 115 St, Chiefland, FL 32626, USA
Website: Manatee Springs State Park
5. Blue Springs Park
Blue Springs Park is a designated manatee refuge where you can see thousands of manatees, even on a cold day. Swimming with the manatees is forbidden but is allowed during the designated time period. This national park gets extremely busy and often reaches maximum capacity, during the day. If you are planning on visiting this park you should plan to get there early to avoid being turned away.
Blue Springs Park
Address: 2100 W. French Avenue Orange City, FL 32763
Website: Blue Springs Park
Manatee Encounter - Kayaking Tour at Blue Springs State Park
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
6. Ichetucknee Head Springs State Park
Ichetucknee Head Springs State Park is a U.S. National Natural Landmark and the predominant activity here is tubing down the river. There is also snorkeling and scuba diving, canoeing, hiking and wildlife viewing, all within this area. The river runs for over six miles (9.6 kilometers), before it joins the Santa Fe River.
Ichetucknee Head Springs State Park
Address: 12087 SW U.S. Highway 27 Fort White, FL 32038
Website: Ichetucknee Head Springs State Park
7. Ginnie Springs Outdoors
Ginnie Springs Outdoors is connected to the Santa Fe River. At this park, you can picnic as well as camp overnight. There are wilderness camping sites with or without electricity and you can come to the park to enjoy water activities. There is no need to worry about bringing water sports equipment, as it can be rented, on site.
Ginnie Springs Outdoors
Address: 5000 NE 60th Avenue High Springs, Florida 32643
Website: Ginnie Springs Outdoors
8. Big Bend Seagrasses Aquatic Preserve
Come to the Big Bend Seagrasses Aquatic Preserve to observe wildlife in their natural habitat. Go paddling down the paddle trail, with your family, or enjoy fishing, canoeing, boating and even swimming. This area of the Suwannee River region houses the most viable population of gulf sturgeon, which are at threat of becoming endangered. .
Big Bend Seagrasses Aquatic Preserve
Address: 3266 North Sailboat Avenue Crystal River, FL 34428
Website: Big Bend Seagrasses Aquatic Preserve
9. The Marina in Horseshoe Beach
The Marina in Horseshoe Beach is one of the best fishing spots in Florida. Horseshoe Beach is a small fishing and boating community, located in the Gulf of Mexico. The town is small and there is a lot of good fishing here, so if you are interested, head down to the Marina in Horseshoe Beach and get fishing!
The Marina in Horseshoe Beach
Address: 262 3rd St. Horseshoe Beach, Florida, 32648
Website: The Marina in Horseshoe Beach
10. Nature Coast State Trail
The Nature Coast State Trail is a part of Florida’s Greenways and Trails System and has also been named a National Recreation Trail. When traveling down this trail, you can see the Historic Suwannee River Railroad Bridge. The trail stems from a time when the railroad was taking over for the steam ships. A long and historic railway runs alongside the trail, which is perfect 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
No better place
Florida is a great place to enjoy the sun and wildlife and there is no better place to do this, than in Old Town, Florida. The various state parks and recreational areas make Old Town the best place in Florida to enjoy recreational activities, especially if you want to run into 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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