Amidst moss-draped oak trees, and shady pine tree forests, north-central Florida transcends you to the old south. With many small turn-of-the-century towns, countryside’s, lakes and rivers running through it, this region is steeped in charm as well as plenty of outdoor recreation.
Whether you’re planning a visit in winter or summer, experience a wealth of things to do in any season. From Tallahassee to Gainesville, a trek through north central Florida should include college sports tailgating as you enter Gator Nation at the University of Florida, or Florida State University, home of the Seminoles.
Visit Florida’s state capital, stroll through a southern plantation, kayak backcountry lakes, tube down the Santa Fe River, and go antiquing in Micanopy for fun ways to spend your days while passing through north central Florida.
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Stop and smell the flowers and fauna around Tallahassee as you discover some of the most impressive gardens and landscapes in the county. Take a step back in time at the historic Goodwood Museum and Gardens and walk through the 2,400-acre plantation to get a sense of old Florida’s charm and splendor. Stroll through 1,176 acres of flawlessly manicured gardens at Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park and marvel at the floral architecture, gardens, and endless recreational activities.
With history and culture as Tallahassee’s cornerstones, visitors appreciate the variety and versatility of museums offered. Located on Museum Drive, the Tallahassee Museum of History and Natural Science is one of the top area attractions. Consisting of an environmental science center and a natural habitat zoo, you can spend an entire day exploring this structure. For those looking to see some impressive works of modern art, visit the Museum of Fine Arts on the FSU campus.
Outdoor adventures abound, as Tallahassee and its surrounding areas are swimming with rivers, lakes, and springs worth exploring. Set sail Lake Ella by boat, tube, kayak or canoe and discover scenic trails and a diverse plant and wildlife of Florida’s backyard. Just outside of Tallahassee, the Wakulla River and freshwater springs is the perfect place to spend the day on and in the water.
For some speed and thrills, head to the Capital City RC Raceway and go off-roading at Tallahassee’s off-road RC track, located next to the BMX track. Just two hours to Gainesville Raceway, get your adrenaline pumping at this is quarter-mile long drag strip famous for hosting the NHRA's prestigious Gatornationals event since 1970. The Raceway also has a separate road course for vehicle testing and driving schools, as well as host to many social events.