Water activities north of the Florida college town.
Gainesville, FL: Splashing Around
Credit: Jeff Greenberg / Alamy

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.

The Top

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.