Gainesville, FL: Splashing Around
Water activities north of the Florida college town.
The landscape north of Gainesville is full of freshwater springs and streams. The clutch of private and public parks are flowing with sparklingly fresh water: swim, scuba, snorkel, float on inner tubes, or even rent a canoe (around $20/day).
Poe Springs Park
The 200-acre springs’ shallow waters are especially family friendly.
This low-lit indie coffee shop-cafe has an edgy vibe and menu that dances from crawfish étouffée to crispy corn nuggets.
High Springs Country Inn
On a grassy campus, the inn has large rooms with cherrywood furniture, some that sleep four. The shady picnic area’s a great place for breakfast outdoors.