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North Central Florida, the springs capital of the world!

The sunshine state calls, and there's no better place to explore than Columbia County, Florida. Located between Tallahassee and Jacksonville, Columbia County is a subtropical paradise of pine forest, blue springs, lively cities, and charming towns. Bisected by Interstate 75, Columbia County is one of the first places vacationers from the rest of the country arrive. It's the perfect spot for road-weary travelers to relax and breathe in the sweet southern air. 


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A Dog’s Best Vacation in Lake City, FL

As soon as I spot Katy hitching up the travel trailer, I know she is going someplace fun. I start my paw-bounce to show her I want to go along. Since I'm a 65-pound rescue lab/golden retriever mix, I'm kind of hard to miss. I include a few woofs to make sure she knows I want in. “Ye

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Flavors Of Lake City

For years I’ve traveled up and down the Interstate 75 corridor, passing Lake City along the way. This year, while visiting my grandchildr

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10 Fun Facts About Columbia County, Florida

Columbia County, Florida, is a destination that has something for everyone. From history around every corner to beautiful springs and lakes and miles of footpaths for outdoor and nature lovers, it’s a place that feels like it’s right where you belong as soon as you arrive. An area

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Top 10 Reasons to Visit Columbia County, Florida

When planning your next getaway, picture Columbia County—the gateway to Florida. Nature, history and culture abound in this picturesque oasis and the county has the best the Sunshine State has to offer. Here are the top 10 reasons to visit Columbia County.


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Dive into Florida's Spring Waters

Perhaps the most striking feature of Columbia County is the abundance of natural fresh water springs and crystalline spring-fed pools. The limestone-filtered water collects into surface ponds and streams that form a playground for swimmers, fishermen, and nature lovers. The springs of Columbia County are truly the crown jewel of Florida's gateway.

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Columbia County has soaked up an interesting mix of cultures over its colorful history. Visitors can take in the antebellum mansions and civil war battlefields around Olustee. Music lovers can visit a museum dedicated to the legendary 19th Century songwriter Stephen Foster, composer of American standards like 'Oh Susannah!' and 'Camptown Races.'

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Shop Boutiques & Your Favorite Brands

From national retailers such as, TJ Maxx, Hobby Lobby, JCPenny, and Artsy Abode, to locally owned stores like the Blue Goose Studio, Gateway Art Gallery, Treasures of Lake City, and many more. You are sure to discover something unique and one-of-a-kind from your visit in Florida's Gateway.



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