Things to Do In Florida Right Now!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Things to Do This Weekend in Florida - Friday, November 16th thru Sunday, November 18th, 2012

Florida…Just For Fun!
Things to Do in Florida Right Now

Want to do something interesting in Florida this weekend?     
 Here are some suggestions!

Friday, November 16th thru Sunday, November 18th, 2012

Holly Jolly Sale – Saturday, November 17th
Punta Gorda, Florida
9AM to 4PM

The Holly Jolly Sale is often called the Granddaddy of all local holiday gift sales.  This year’s event features everything from holiday decorations to greeting cards.  Door prizes offered ever hour from 10AM to 3PM.

Nights of Lights – Saturday, November 17th
St. Augustine, Florida

Running throughout the holiday season, Nights of Lights kicks off with a Light-UP Celebration featuring the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree.

Sarasota Bay Water Festival – Saturday, November 17th
Sarasota Bay, Florida

Celebrate the beautiful Sarasota Bay with displays and demonstrations raning from kayaking to scuba diving, birding to boating.  Also features a 4PM show by the award-winning Ski-A-Rees Water Ski Show Team.

St. Johns River Blues Festival – Saturday, November 17th and Sunday, November 18th
Palatka, Florida

This regional blues competition raises funds for scholarships awarded to fine arts students in Putnam County, Florida.  Come enjoy the music and support a good cause.

2012 Big O Hike – Saturday, November 17th thru Sunday, November 25th
Lake Okeechobee

The 21st annual Big O Hike sponsored by the Loxahatchee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association begins Saturday, November 17th.  Hikers assemble at 8AM at the Pahokee Marina in Pahokee, Florida.  

The hike is a series of 1-day hikes.  Hikers may walk 1 day and a few miles or hike the entire 110 miles in 9 days.   

On Thanksgiving Day, hikers will be in Clewiston, Florida and will celebrate with a buffet dinner at the Clewiston Inn. 

You may register ahead or register the day you are hiking.  There is no fee for the hike, although small fees for shuttles and snacks apply.  

For more information contact Paul Cummings at

Outdoor Ice Skating – Tampa on Ice – Friday, November 16th thru Wednesday, January 2nd

Tampa, Florida
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Daily (except Thanksgiving)
Extended Hours on Weekends

Ice skate on Tampa’s only authentic outdoor rink.  The rink will be open from 11AM to 8PM Mondays through Thursdays,  10AM to 10PM Fridays and Saturdays, and Noon to 8PM Sundays.  It will be closed all day Thanksgiving, will close at 4PM. Dec. 24 and re-open at 4PM on Dec. 25.

Cost is $10 for 90 minutes which includes skate rentals.

The rink is available for private rentals and parties.

Sponsored by the Friends of Tampa Recreation. 

Coastal Dune Lakes – Friday, November 16th

Destin, Florida
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Free after park admission fee
(850) 267-8332

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park invites you to a Coastal Dune Lakes presentation. These rare lakes are found only in a few places worldwide, including right here in Florida at Topsail Hill.   Learn what makes these lakes so special and what is being done to protect them.

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is located in Santa Rosa Beach, 10 miles east of Destin, FL. Take I-10 to Exit 85 (Defuniak Springs) and follow U.S. Highway 331 south. Travel 27 miles to U.S. Highway 98. Turn right and travel approximately five miles west to scenic Highway 30A. Turn left and go one quarter mile to the entrance on the right.  Park at the day use area and take the short hike to the clubhouse.

Mad Hatter Movie – Alice in Wonderland – Saturday, November 17th
Coconut Grove, Florida (Miami area)
The Barnacle Historic State Park
7:00 PM (Gates open at 6:00 PM)
Movie begins at 7:00 PM - No admission after 7:15 PM
(305) 442-6866

The Mad Hatter Arts Festival continues at The Barnacle on Saturday evening when the gates open at 6pm for a showing of the Walt Disney classic, Alice in Wonderland. Movie begins at 7pm with no entry after 7:15.

Movie tickets are $5 per person for ages 6 and over; $3 for ages 2-5; and free for those under age 2. Chairs, blankets, and coolers welcome. Pajamas encouraged. No pets, please.

The Barnacle is located in Coconut Grove (Miami) at 3485 Main Highway.

Estero Concert Series at Koreshan – Saturday, November 17th
Estero, Florida
Koreshan State Historic Site
Art Hall

The Art Hall in the Historic Settlement comes alive with professional classical music.  Today’s concert is part of Chamber Music I – Music of J. Brahms and R. Schumann.
Tickets for the Chamber Music Series are $30.00 each.   Holiday Concert with Reception on 12/30 $45.00 each.   Subscriptions to the Chamber Music Series are 3 concerts $84.00 and 4 concerts $108.00, this does not include the Holiday Concert and Reception.  All tickets include park entry fee, space is limited and advance purchase is necessary.

For more information or to purchase tickets call 239-596-8404.

I-75 Exit 123 Corkscrew Road, head west 2 miles, cross U.S. 41 and continue on Corkscrew Road approximately 1000 yards to entrance of park.  If traveling U.S. 41 (Tamiami Trail) Koreshan is located at the intersection of U.S. 41 and Corkscrew Road at Estero.

Travel Advisory:

Due to construction commencing in Mid January 2011 and continuing until Late March 2013 to widen US Highway 41 from Corkscrew Road to San Carlos Blvd. visitors to the park should plan for delays when traveling north or south along US 41. Coming from I75 there may also be delays in crossing US 41 at Corkscrew Road. For more information or comments about this work please contact Kris Cella, Cella Molnar & Associates, Inc. 239-337-1071, or Debbie Tower/JoAnn May, FDOT: 239-461-4300,

Tai Chi by the Sea – Saturday, November 17th
Flagler Beach, Florida
Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach
10:00 - 11:30AM .

Tai Chi instructor Bill Stone will be teaching Tai Chi by the Sea.  Participants should check in at the ranger station for parking and course instructions.  All ages and experience levels are welcome!

RSVP is required.  Park entry fees are included in the class cost.

Proceeds benefit the Friends of Gamble Rogers State Park. Checks should be made payable to the Friends of Gamble Rogers State Park. Classes can be paid for by mail or in person at the ranger station.

The classes will be $40 per month or $15 per class.  You can RSVP calling 386-517-2086.

Directions: From I-95: Whether you are traveling north or south on I-95, take exit 284 (State Road 100). Turn east onto State Road 100 and travel approximately 3 miles till you reach A1A (and the ocean). At the light turn right (south) and travel approximately another 3 miles. The Ranger Station will be located on the drive to your right and our day use beach facilities will be on the left.

From Daytona: Take A1A north to approximately 1 mile north of the Flagler/Volusia County line (approximately 18 miles)The Ranger Station will be located on the drive to your left and our day use beach facilities will be to your right.

From Ormond Beach: Take West Granada (40) east, across the Halifax River, to A1A. Turn left (north) on A1A and travel approximately 11 miles (1 mile north of the Flagler/Volusia County line). The Ranger Station will be located on the drive to your left and our day use beach facilities will be to your right.

From Palm Coast: Take Palm Coast Parkway east across the Intercoastal Waterway (toll bridge) to A1A. Turn left (south) on A1A and travel approximately 11 miles. The park is located on A1A. The Ranger Station will be on the drive to your right and our day use beach facilities will be to your left.
Avoid the toll: Take Palm Coast parkway east to Colbert Lane. Turn right (south) on Colbert Lane and travel approximately 7 miles to SR 100. Turn left (east) on SR 100 and travel approximately 1.5 miles to A1A. Turn right on A1A and travel about 3 miles. The Ranger Station will be located on the drive to your right and our day use beach facilities will be to your left.

From St. Augustine: Take A1A south for approximately 32 miles to SR 100. Continue straight through the light and travel approximately another 3 miles to the park. The Ranger Station will be located on the drive on your right and our day use beach facilities will be located on your left.

Dune to Lagoon – Cross Barrier Island Plant ID Stroll – Saturday, November 17th
Melbourne, Florida
Sebastian Inlet State Park
Free after park entrance fee

Join the rangers of Sebastian Inlet State Park for a leisurely stroll and learn about our sub-tropical, coastal plants.  Find out which plants are edible, which have medical uses and which are attractive for landscaping.

Meet at Hammock Trail one mile north of bridge at parking on west side of A1A at 1:00 p.m.

For more information or call 321-984-4852 or 772-589-9659.

From Indian River County: From Interstate 95, take the Fellsmere/Sebastian exit and go east (towards Sebastian) on County Road 512. After a short distance, turn right on County Road 510. This road will intersect with U.S. Highway 1. Continue east, over the Indian River, to State Road A1A. Turn left (north) and go 7 miles on State Road A1A, you will have arrived at Sebastian Inlet.From Brevard County: From Interstate 95, take the U.S. 192 exit and go east until you reach State Road A1A in Indialantic. Turn right (south) on State Road A1A and go 18 miles to get to Sebastian Inlet.

Sunrise Canoe Tour – Saturday, November 17th
Fort White, Florida
Ichetucknee Springs State Park
6AM to 9AM

Experience the incredible wildlife of the Ichetucknee River as the mist rises off the warm spring waters! 

This special interpretive program is space-limited and by reservation only.  Spots fill up fast.  Check out all canoe programs for alternative dates.

Participants do not need to bring personal canoes or kayaks, as all equipment and PFD’s will be provided.  The tour will meet at the North Entrance, off Elim Church Road (County Road 238). 

Launch time will be as close to 6:30 a.m. as possible (sunrise is at 6:57 a.m.).  The tour will end at the Last Take-Out at the south end of the park, and transportation will be provided back to the North Entrance. 

Participants should dress warmly, as dictated by the weather.  Flashlights during the launching time are recommended.

Fees: Park entrance fee: $5.00 per person.

Call 386-497-4690 to reserve a space and for additional details.

Ichetucknee Springs State Park is located four miles northwest of Fort White, off State Roads 47 and 238. From the south, take I-75 north to exit 399. Take US 441 north to the city of High Springs. Take US 27 north to Ft. White, stay on US 27 north approximately 4 miles to the South Park Entrance.

Please Note:   Dogs are only permitted on the Trestle Point and Pine Ridge Trails located at the North End.
Dogs are not permitted on the trails to the springs or river or in the springs or river.

Early Bird Walk – Saturday, November 17th
Gainesville, Florida
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
Meet at the LaChua trailhead at 8AM
$2.00 per person

Wake up and join the birds at Paynes Prairie!  Designated as one of the "gateways" on the Great Florida Birding Trail, Paynes Prairie is a hotspot for novice and experienced bird watchers alike.  Learn more at the Great Florida Birding Trail.

Contact Amber Roux at 352-466-4966 for more information and to RSVP.

Directions: Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park is located 10 miles south of Gainesville, in Micanopy, on the east side of US 441.

Coming from the north on I-75: Take exit 374, the Micanopy exit, and turn left at the end of the exit ramp. You will then be traveling east on CR 234. Stay on this road 1.4 miles until it intersects with US 441. Turn left onto 441 and go 0.6 miles to Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park (on the right).

Coming from the south on I-75: Take exit 374, the Micanopy exit, and turn right at the end of the exit ramp. You will then be traveling east on CR 234. Stay on this road 1.4 miles until it intersects with US 441. Turn left onto 441 and go about 0.6 miles to Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park (on the right).

Coffee with the Birds – Saturday, November 17th
Ocala, Florida
Silver River State Park
Park entrance fees apply

Join an experienced birder for a gentle hike through Central Florida woodlands identifying birds by sight and sound.  Wear sturdy shoes; insect repellent suggested.  Bring your coffee cup – Friends of Silver River provides coffee and condiments.  Event is weather permitting.  No pets, please.

Silver River State Park is located east of Ocala, 1 mile south of S.R. 40 on S.R. 35. From Interstate 75, take exit 352 onto SR 40 east, about 9 miles to SR 35. From Interstate 95 take exit 268 to Route 40 west, about 60 miles to SR 35.

Kayak the Pellicer Creek Aquatic Preserve – Sunday, November 18th
St. Augustine, Florida
Faver-Dykes State Park
Noon to 3PM
$55 per adult/$45 for youth 15 and younger

The Friends of Washington Oaks sponsor wonderful kayak expeditions along the still waters of Pellicer Creek.  Faver-Dykes State Park forms the northern boundary of Pellicer Creek and remains undeveloped with amazing natural beauty.  Come and see why the Pellicer Creek is considered one of the cleanest, most pristine waterways in all of Florida.

Certified Master Naturalist guides, using expedition sea kayaks, will take you on a crucial and breathtaking leg of that journey.  From river to sea, follow the path of dolphins, sea turtles, fish and eagles during this natural expedition from Faver-Dykes State Park.  Safety is of the highest importance and all levels of kayaking experience will find enjoyment, including first time kayaking adventurers.  Bring along your friends and family as our interpretive naturalist provides this array of natural fascination!

A portion of the fee goes directly to the Friends of Washington Oaks for park improvement projects. To ensure a high quality  experience.  Call (904)347-1565 or use the “Kayak Calendar":  Space is limited.

For more information contact: Chris Kelley at 904.347.1565

Directions: Take Interstate 95 to exit #298 which is US 1. Go north on US 1 for 300 yards and turn right on Faver-Dykes Road. Go 1.5 miles on Faver-Dykes Road to Faver-Dykes State Park.

Build a Bird House – Sunday, November 18th
Lake Alfred, Florida
Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park
2PM to 4PM
(850) 487-4115

Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park and the Friends of Maclay Gardens, Inc. would like to invite children ages 5 and up along with an adult helper to come out to the park and build their own bird house.
Instruction and all materials will be provided.

Class size is limited and pre-registration, along with a $10.00 check made payable to the Friends of Maclay Gardens, Inc., is required

Park admission is waived for those who are registered.

Alfred B. Maclay Gardens is located .5 miles north on I-10 on U.S. 319/Thomasville Road. Turn west on Maclay Road. The park is a short distance on the right.

Gainesville Cell Phone Tours 
Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs
Various - see website, Gainesville, FL 32601

Use your cell phone for a Free tour of Gainesville's nature, arts and historical attractions. You control what you hear and when. The tour is Free. (cell phone minutes do apply)

Print out a guide and start your adventure. Pick from one of the tours available.

Tours include Historic Downtown Gainesville, Historic Thomas Center, Matheson Museum, Paynes Prairie, Evinston, Dudley Farm and Oleno State Park.

Tour the Botanic Gardens at Kona Kai 
Key Largo, FLORIDA
Kona Kai Resort, Gallery and Botanic Gardens
97802 Overseas Hwy., MM 97.8, Key Largo, FL 33037
Fee: 15.00

Enjoy a guided visit to the only sub-tropical botanic garden between Miami and Key West. A memorable 90 minute interactive tour with their ethno-botanist. 

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Saturday Farmers Markets

Wildwood Growers' Market
Saturdays- Year 'Round
Wildwood, Florida
City Hall Grounds - 100 N. Main Street
9AM to 1PM

 Wildwood Growers' Market is a community market sponsored by the City of Wildwood in partnership with UF/IFAS Sumter County Extension.

The market is open 9:00 AM - 1:00PM every Saturday year round.

The Wildwood Growers' Market has been going strong since October 2009 and features only homegrown and homemade foods and products.

The market is located on the beautiful grounds of Wildwood City Hall on 301 in downtown Wildwood.  The street address is 100 North Main Street.   

There is easy access from I-75 or the Florida Turnpike.  The Market is only a few miles from the retirement community, The Villages.

They are always seeking local growers and artisans, within a 100 mile radius of Wildwood.

Contact Market Manager, Jerry Townsend at (352) 330-1330 x122 for a vendor application.

St. Andrews Waterfront Market 
Saturdays and Sundays
Panama City, Florida
Thru November 24, 2012
St. Andrews Marina

St. Andrews Waterfront Farmers Market first began as a seasonal market in 2004. Later that year, the community erected a pavilion to house the Market. 

In September, 2010 a group of dedicated volunteers took the Market on as a challenge and transformed it into the current vibrant, bustling year-round market with a unique Make-It-or-Grow-It atmosphere.   

In April, 2011 the market became host to St. Andrews Community Garden and together they work to promote our local agriculture, inspire healthy living and improve our regional economy. 

The first market expansion occurred on September 10, 2011 and put the market on BOTH sides of the water - at St. Andrews Marina and at Smith's Yacht Basin on Beck Ave. 

For $1.00 each way, shoppers enjoy  3-minute ferry service between the two market sites on beautiful St. Andrew Bay.  The  Market is proud to be America's only farmers market to offer ferry service to its shoppers!

On April 15, 2012, the market expanded to include the Grand Lagoon at Pirate's Cove operating on Sundays.

Saturday from 8am to 1pm in St. Andrews and every Sunday at Grand Lagoon from 1 to 6pm. 

Ocala Farmers Market
Ocala, Florida
Downtown - Ocala Square
8 AM - 1 PM

Chiefland Farmers and Flea Market 
Chiefland, Florida

Fresh produce, cool stuff. Come on out!

Boynton Beach Community Farmers Market
Saturdays through December 22nd
Boynton Beach, FL
9AM to 2 PM

Fresh produce, plants, unique food & artisanal goodies. Corner of Boynton Beach Blvd and Federal Hwy - Vendor Info: Call Jerry at 561-714-2745

Sopchoppy Harvest Grower’s Market
Every Saturday
Sopchoppy, Florida
Corner of Rose Street & Winthrop Avenue
Downtown Sopchoppy
11 AM – 3 PM

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