Heavenly High Springs

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Cool off tubing near High Springs in Northeast Florida.

High Springs is in Northeast Florida, midway between Gainesville and Lake City. Time spent in High Springs bed and breakfasts would do anyone good; the town is peaceful, the land around it stunningly beautiful, and the people friendly.

Visit River Rise Preserve State Park, just out of town. The Santa Fe River re-emerges here in a quiet, circular pool after a brief hiatus underground. This is an ideal place to escape summer heat – the trees are huge and the shade is deep. Anglers, spend a day fishing the Santa Fe River here. Hikers, choose from over 20 miles of trails. Birdwatchers, bring your binoculars.

A bit farther from town is Ichetucknee Springs State Park, where the Ichetucknee River passes through wetlands and shaded hammocks before joining the Santa Fe River. At this time of year, you’ll want to stop outside the park and rent tubes and snorkeling equipment, for tubing is extremely popular and fun. Come on – live a little! Look for great blue herons, wild turkeys and wood ducks as you float down the river. Or enjoy the view of life under the crystal clear waters with your snorkel.

Back in town, stop by the Farmers Market on Thursday afternoons from 2pm to 6pm. Find fresh caught shrimp, freshly baked breads, organic produce and crafts. On the third Thursday of each month there is Art at the Market.

Fantastic Fridays take place the first Friday of the month from 6 to 8pm. Shops stay open late, street vendors fill the streets with food and eclectic items, and there is always live music.

Spend a morning viewing the over 2 dozen historic buildings in High Springs. Visit the Chamber of Commerce for a list of these buildings, and take a self-guided tour. While enjoying old things, hunt for treasures in the town’s several antique shops.

Be sure to spend some time relaxing at High Springs Florida bed and breakfasts. Sleep late. Enjoy a refreshing drink on the shaded porch. Eat well. Now that’s a good vacation!

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