A Perfect Day in Gainesville

Manatee Springs State Park: Spring Head

Manatee Springs State Park

Summers can be warm in Florida, which is of course why many people like to travel here. The tropical conditions give rise to opulent flowers and perfumed air. Travelers find themselves wanting to rise early, take a mid-day siesta, and stay up late. Florida Bed and Breakfasts are an ideal lodging choice for just such a vacation.

Rise with the sun and get in a few rounds of golf at one of the four courses on the outskirts of town. The tree-lined fairways, hills, and running streams of Meadowbrook Golf Course will have you using every club in the bag. Clumps of old, large pine trees and numerous lakes dot Ironwood Golf Course, which make it a fun and challenging course to play. Be sure to discuss breakfast with the innkeepers of your Gainesville Florida Bed and Breakfast before you leave without it, so you know whether to tuck into a gourmet meal before or after your round of golf.

After a siesta in the quiet of your inn, consider an afternoon on the water. Gainesville, in Northeast Florida, sits about midway between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Coastal beaches are about an hour’s drive from town, but there are many great spots just outside of Gainesville that help folks stay cool in the heat of a summer day.

Clear water flows from the springs at Poe Springs Park at a rate of 45 million gallonsĀ  a day. The shallow waters are ideal for swimming, paddling, and even fishing, and the trails through the surrounding woods offer a shady place to walk on sunny days.

Fanning Springs State Park produces about 60 million gallons of water each day. A boardwalk overlooks the Suwannee River, but the best way to experience the springs is swimming. Snorkeling is popular here, as is scuba diving.

100 gallons of clear water bubble up from Manatee Springs State Park each day. In the springs you’ll find West Indian Manatees here, but they head to larger waters during the summer. Kayaks and canoes may be rented May through September, and snorkeling, scuba diving, and swimming are popular.

Ask the innkeepers of your Bed and Breakfast Florida for a restaurant recommendation, and finish your perfect day with a wonderful meal in Gainesville.

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