I enjoy art and shopping, while my hubby Jim prefers natural surroundings and outdoor activities. One thing we both enjoy is the beauty and serenity of peaceful places. When we planned a romantic getaway from our normal lives, we discovered the perfect blend of culture and nature in Columbia Coun
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Florida is pretty much designed for great cycling. With perfect weather year-round, flat trails and gorgeous landscapes wherever you turn, it is a dream for serious cyclists and casual weekenders alike.
Although some parts of the Sunshine State are over-developed when it comes to roads
Florida is one of the best places in the world to enjoy the water, whether you’re into swimming and kayaking or just like to be up close and personal with nature. Many of the state’s white springs and hiking trails are full of wildlife and perfect for photographers, often ending with
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Stay Longer, Reconnect with Family
If you plan on staying overnight, there are numerous options for where to get a good night’s sleep and prepare for the next day’s adventure. Many national hotel chains, including Hilton, Choice Hotels, and Marriot are conveniently located in Lake City, Florida. If you're traveling in a recreational vehicle, you can choose from one of our many clean and comfortable campgrounds.STAY
From Craft Beer to Local Staples
Columbia County boasts an eclectic mix of southern-style restaurants, international cuisine, and America’s favorites to suit every palette. Whether you’re looking for a diner with an at-home feel or a trendy restaurant, Columbia County has it all, including craft breweries.DINE
Events You Can't Miss
Folks in Columbia County love to have a good time, and that means festivals, concerts, sporting events, and loads of other things to mark on your calendar. Be sure to take a look at our event calendar for information on all upcoming events and to contact us at Visit Columbia County Florida for more information.CALENDAR
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.SPRINGS
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.'CULTURE & HISTORY
From national retailers such as, TJ Maxx, Hobby Lobby, JCPenny, 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.WHERE TO SHOP