Silver Springs

For a day of fun in the sun, while learning about the beautiful state of Florida, one place you should be sure to check out is Silver Springs. The park can be accessed from two entrances, 1425 N.E. 58th Avenue, Ocala, Florida or 5656 E. Silver Springs Blvd. Silver Springs, Florida. Being the oldest tourist attraction in Florida, the park has a lot of historical information to offer and a museum where you can learn about wildlife and vegetation. There is a riverside restaurant for you to get your grub on, kayak and canoe rentals, and their famous glass bottom boat rides. The park even holds special events and concerts. Open everyday, all year-round, be sure to check out their website to find out what day you want to get on over to get a taste of Florida’s history.

http://www.floridastateparks.org/silversprings/default.cfm

Hawthorne State Trail

Whether you want to take your bike and go cycling, you want to go for a long, enduring jog, or you even want to go for a relaxing hike, the Gainesville- Hawthorne State trial is a scenic trail that will give you the beautiful sites and fresh air that we all need every once in a while.  Located at 3400 SE 15 Street, the trail can be accessed through four different entrances, so you can look up the website to see which entrance is closest to you. The trail goes on for 16 miles, from Gainesville’s Boulware Springs Park through Payne’s Prairie State Park. You can enjoy the day getting exercise by yourself, or even hiking with friends while taking pictures of the beautiful, lush scenery. Hours vary according to month, but the trail is open 365 days a year, so check out the website to find out when you will be going on your walk in nature.

http://www.floridastateparks.org/gainesville-hawthorne/