Travel Itineraries - North Central Florida


The Tallahassee area appeals to a number of interests. With its state and local parks, museums and many diverse recreational and educational locations, the capital city aims to please everyone.

Cedar Key

Tourism is a major industry, and Cedar Key is a mecca for birders, boaters, paddlers and anglers. In spite of its popularity, the town has managed to keep its Old Florida feel and laid-back pace. There are numerous opportunities for the nature lover, so it takes more than one day to take it all in.

Slow down and truly savor the rich history and natural beauty of this coastline by enjoying land trails and exploring paddling trails.

Cedar Key is known as Florida’s clam capital, and local restaurants serve up plenty of tasty clam dishes.

White Springs

Suggestions to plan your own daylong adventure or make White Springs a comfortable home base for a three-day stay or longer. A good starting point is the Nature and Heritage Tourism Center in downtown White Springs, adjacent to the restored White Sulphur Springs Springhouse and Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park.

Manatee Springs State Park

Enjoy a three day "springs break" by sampling some of Florida’s crystal-clear watery gems sprinkled among the nine-county region known as the Nature Coast. You can make your base camp at Manatee Springs State Park’s full-service campground or the comfortable cabins at Fanning Springs State Park.

Take your time sauntering from spring to spring, dip a paddle in the majestic Suwannee River, bike the scenic Nature Coast State Trail, and enjoy the natural wonders and wildlife of the region.

Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

A true wildlife mecca, Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park became Florida's first state preserve in 1971 and is now designated as a National Natural Landmark. Paynes Prairie is biologically, geologically and historically unique.

Noted artist and naturalist William Bartram called it the great Alachua Savannah when he wrote about his visit to the prairie in 1774.

Silver Springs State Park

Silver Springs has been a huge attraction in Florida for more than 150 years, starting when 19th-century steamboats churned up the Ocklawaha and Silver rivers carrying throngs of visitors.

An 1855 poster advertised stagecoach rides to the springs from the Palatka area, and by the 1880s, trains were carrying passengers there.

Wakulla Springs State Park

Suggestions to plan your own daylong adventure or make historic Wakulla Springs State Park Lodge a comfortable home base for a three-day stay or longer. Savor the slow roads and visit Big Bend Scenic Byway Tour Itineraries for more options.

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