Floating Down a Dream at Ichetucknee Springs

Were you aware that there is a magical spring near Gainesville, Florida where the water is crystal clear and too cold for alligators?!
Floating down the Ichetucknee River is an absolutely magical experience ($5 per person to enter the park). The crystalline Ichetucknee River flows six miles through shaded hammocks and wetlands. You’ll want to stay in a hotel nearby, and arrive at 8am in order to do the full 4-hour float. I stayed at a Quality Inn about 20 miles away to save $$$. If you arrive late, even the 2 hour float is great! Rent a tube for $20 for the day, and relax in beautiful nature ~ melt stress! Out of all of the places to eat, you need to try True Blue Cafe in the quaint, neighboring town of High Springs. I especially love their fresh, hand-crafted Cuban sandwich and iced Cafe Bustelo. I live near Miami, and can tell you that this is the best Cuban sandwich I have EVER had. The owner makes everything fresh, and buys from a nearby farmers market. They close in the afternoon so be sure to catch them at breakfast and lunchtime! Eat there twice a day if you can because the other places nearby are either snooty ripoffs or just plain low-quality.

While you’re in torn, stop by the nearby Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park, a large sinkhole in which the vegetation has created a micro ecosystem. Very nice stratification of different species of plants!

Check out my photos and create your own adventure!

If you want to learn about more places, check out The Five Treasures of Florida, Volume I, on the iTunes Store.

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