A World of Woods and Waters

Anyone who doesn’t live in Florida may not understand that there is more than one Florida. Cosmopolitan Miami is vastly different than rural Minneola just as the bright white beaches of Cocoa and Clearwater are distinctly different than the cool, shaded springs found in Florida’s Big Bend. It was this degre... Read more

Discover the Art and Culture of Columbia County, Florida

Beating the heat doesn’t always mean taking a dip in the pool. During the summer months in Florida, Columbia County’s museums and cultural centers become hot spots (no pun intended) for locals and visitors to cool off and take in a history lesson. These cultural and interpretive centers provide great outlets to learn about the area. Get ready to get a dose of Old Florida, here is your art and culture guide to Columbia County.


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Free Things to Do With the Family in Columbia County, Florida

Crystal clear, cool freshwater springs, a Civil War battlefield and one of Florida’s first tourist destinations all await you in Columbia County.

Millions of visitors touring the Sunshine State travel on Interstate 10 and 75 that both intersect about an hour’s drive west of Jacksonville and less than an hour north of Gainesville. If your family is seeking outdoor adventures and cultural experiences, Columbia County offers all that and more—and many of them are fr... Read more

The Crown Jewel of Columbia County

We didn’t know exactly what the day would bring as we checked in at Paddling Adventures at Ichetucknee Springs State Park in rural Fort White, Florida. But we knew we were in for a heck of an adventure that included lots of time in and on the water at one of the state’s most iconic rivers. It was just my wife, our 15-year-old daughter, our 13-year-old son and me.

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