Things to Do In Florida Right Now!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Things to Do in Florida This Weekend - Friday, December 14th thru Sunday, December 16th, 2012

St. Augustine, Florida Downtown Lights - Photo by Vacation Rentals/St.Augustine

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, December 14th thru Sunday, December 16th, 2012









Snow Fest – Friday, December 14th thru Sunday, December 23rd
Sarasota, Florida
Sarasota County Fairgrounds
3000 Ringling Boulevard
Monday – Friday: 5PM to 10PM
Saturday & Sunday:  12PM to 10PM
(941) 365-0818



 70 tons of snow descend on Sarasota for this annual event.  There will be fun on giant snow slides, ice skating, pony rides, Santa’s Circus, a petty zoo, a 20-foot snow globe, snow mountain, rides and more.  Make sure you dress warm!





Lighted Boat Parade – Saturday, December 15th
Key West, Florida
8PM
(305) 292-3302







Anchors go up at 8PM for this year’s holiday themed parade.  Winners announced on Sunday, December 16th with more than $20,000 in prizes to be awarded.

For more info., please contact Schooner Wharf Bar at (305) 292-3302 or visit Schoonerwharf.com








6th Annual Winter Wonderland 2012 – Saturday, December 15th
Clewiston, Florida
5PM to 9PM
(863) 599-8698
Free





Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!   

Artificial snow will be brought into the city park for the kids.  There will be a snow slide set up sand ice skating to let kids experience a winter setting.  Bounce houses, music and food vendors will be here. 







Winter Solstice Celebration – Sunday, December 16th
Tallahassee, Florida
Mission San Luis
10AM to 8PM









Enjoy a new holiday tradition this season!   Shop for holiday gifts and support artisans selling their fine crafts.  Learn how to stomp dance, join a flute and drum circle, and hear presentations on astronomy and navigation.   Learn Native American stories, skills and traditions.  There will be childrens' make-and-take crafts, storytelling, carving and primitive weapon demonstrations, food vendors, and more!   In the evening, hear more storytelling and view the pre-solstice stars and planets with telescopes provided by the Tallahassee Astronomical Society.

From I-10 Eastbound:  Take I-10 E toward Tallahassee.  Exit onto FL-263 South / Capital Circle NW via Exit 196 right toward Regional Airport. Travel about 1 mile.  Turn left onto US-90 E / FL-10 E / W Tennessee Street. Travel about 3 miles.  Turn left into entrance at 2100 West Tennessee Street.

From I-10 Westbound:  Take I-10 W toward Tallahassee.  Exit onto N Monroe St/US-27 S/FL-63 S via Exit 199 left toward Tallahassee. Travel about 4 miles.  Turn right onto US-90 E / FL-10 E / W Tennessee Street. Travel about 2.5 miles.  Turn right into entrance at 2100 West Tennessee Street.







Barnacle Under Moonlight – Friday, December 14th
Coconut Grove, Florida (Miami)
The Barnacle Historic State Park
7PM - 9PM (Gates open at 6:00 PM)
$7 Ages 10 years and up; $3 for ages 6-9 years; 5 & under are free
(305) 442-6866





Bring a blanket, bring a picnic, and bring your friends for a night of roots rock and folk music as Sweet Wednesday performs under the moonlit skies of Coconut Grove. Singer/songwriters Dave Falk and Lisa Housman write and perform in the roots rock, folk, alt country genres, and combine elements of comedy, tragedy, and haunting beauty in their writing. Multi-instrumentalist Dave Falk plays the guitar, mandolin, harmonica, banjo, and violin, while Lisa plays guitar. Both sing, with harmonies laced throughout.

Chairs, blankets and coolers are welcome. Gates open at 6pm, music from 7-9pm, rain or shine. No pets please.

Fees: Admission: Over age 10 - $7; ages 6-9 - $3; under 6 are free.

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






Fishing For Beginners – Friday, December 14th
Flagler Beach, Florida
Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach
10AM to 11:30AM
Regular park entry fees apply
(386) 517-2086









Ranger Richard will teach the basics of fishing in the saltmarsh area by the Intracoastal Waterway. Participants are encouraged to bring their own fishing equipment, bait and supplies but this is not mandatory.

Participants must meet fishing license requirements prior to attending the program.  RSVP Required.

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.





Santa Over the Rainbow – Friday, December 14th thru Sunday, December 16th
Dunnellon, Florida
Rainbow Springs State Park
6PM to 8:30PM
$1.00 admission fee
352-465-8555






Friends of Rainbow Springs will once again bring Santa Clause to Dunnellon.  Bring a child or become a child yourself for this one of a kind experience. Walk through the wonderland of lights that decorate the headsprings area of Rainbow Springs State Park. See Mr. and Mrs. Clause come up the Rainbow River on a lighted boat and head towards their cottage where pictures are taken. Visit with Santa’s elves and listen to carols. Visit the Friends of Rainbow Springs; see the real Mr. and Mrs. Clause during their Florida stay and feel the magic of the season! Gates re-open at 6:00 p.m. and close at 8:30 p.m.

SPECIAL admission: $1.00 after gates re-open at 6PM.

Rainbow Springs State Park day use area is located three miles north of Dunnellon on the east side of U.S. 41. From I-75, exit at the second Ocala exit onto State Road 40. Take State Road 40, west. Drive until it dead-ends at U.S. 41. Turn left; the park entrance is on the left-hand side of the road.

From Tampa, take U.S. 41, north. Drive through the town of Dunnellon. The Headsprings Entrance is located on the right-hand side of the road, approximately 2.5 miles north of Dunnellon.

From areas in the northwest, take U.S. 41 to the town of Williston. After passing through Williston, you will come to a traffic light where State Road 40 has come to a dead-end. Go through this light; the Headsprings Entrance is on the left-hand side of the road.

The Campground Entrance is separate from the headsprings day use area and is located 2.5 miles north of C.R. 484 off of S.W. 180th Avenue Road or 2.5 miles south of Highway 40 off of S.W. 180th Avenue Road.

The Tube Entrance is located 1.4 miles south of the Campground Entrance on SW 180th Avenue Road.






How to Fish Sebastian Inlet & Surrounding Water – Saturday, December 15th
Sebastian, Florida
Sebastian Inlet State Park
10AM to Noon
Regular Park Entry Fees Apply





Learn how to fish Sebastian Inlet and surrounding water, with Captain Nick Price.    Learn which bait to use, when and where to fish, fishing gear recommendations and fishing etiquette.  Meet at Pavilion #4 on the south side of Sebastian Inlet.

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.





Secrets of the Salt Marsh – Saturday, December 15th
East of Jacksonville, Florida
Fort George Island Cultural State Park
Ribault Club
2PM
Free
904-251-2320






Join a park ranger and discover the importance of estuarine systems that surround the inshore sides of barrier islands like those of the Talbot Islands State Parks complex.

This ranger-guided hike along the salt marsh will help point out why these areas are one of the most productive ecosystems on Earth, the many roles the salt marsh plays, the plant and animal life found in this natural community, and the impacts humans have on this system.

This program will take place at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island Cultural State Park. No reservations are necessary and the program is free.

Fort George Island Cultural State Park is located approximately 16 miles east of downtown Jacksonville on State Road A1A, or three miles south of Little Talbot Island State Park.




Campbell Lake Hike – Saturday, December 15th
Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
2PM to 3:30PM
Free after park admission
(850) 267-8332






Topsail Hill Preserve State Park invites you to a Coastal Dune Lakes presentation. Coast Dune Lakes are extremely unique and rare worldwide.  Come join the fun and hike through some of Topsail's best ecosystems culminating with a stop at Campbell Lake. The hike will leave from Tram Stop 1 in the day use parking area.

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.



 
Winterfest Boat Parade – Saturday, December 15th
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Hugh Taylor Birch State Park
3:30PM
(954) 767-0686








Come out and enjoy the "Party in the Park" atmosphere inside Hugh Taylor Birch State Park prior to one of the best boat parades in Florida.  Hugh Taylor Birch State Park has one of the largest parade viewing locations along the 12-mile route.

Food trucks, craft vendors, entertainment and more.

With each Grandstand Ticket purchased, you will receive a discount to the Miami City Ballet performance of the Nutcracker.

The excitement begins at 3:30 pm when the gates open to the Grandstand Viewing Area. Come early and bring the family (No pets please) to enjoy all of the amenities associated with your reserved and assigned seats.

The Boat Parade gets underway at 6:30 pm along Downtown Fort Lauderdale and should arrive at this area at approximately 8:00 pm.


Hugh Taylor Birch State Park is located on East Sunrise Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale, off A1A.




An Evening of Stargazing – Saturday, December 15th
Tallahassee, Florida
Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park
5PM to 8PM
Free – Donations welcomed
(850) 487-4115






Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park and the Tallahassee Astronomical Society invite the public to an evening of star gazing in the Park. Telescopes will be available for use by attendees and we’ve scheduled a meteor shower.

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.






Lights on the Bay Holiday Flotilla – Saturday, December 15th
Key Biscayne, Florida  (Miami)
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park
5PM to 8PM
Free with Park Admission
(305) 361-9171




The Key Biscayne Yacht Club's "Lights on the Bay" Holiday Flotilla will take place on December 15th from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. The reviewing stand will be at No Name Harbor in Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park.

Judges will select the Best Decorated winner of the "2012 KBYC Christmas Cup" and other awards.

Please contact Scott Sharp at ssharp@smartsecuritygroup.com or the Key Biscayne Yacht Club Office (305-361-9171) for more information.

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park is located on Key Biscayne.

From Miami, take I-95 to the Rickenbacker Causeway, all the way to the end. The park is located at the southern end of Key Biscayne, off the Rickenbacker Causeway, south of downtown Miami.





Candlelight Tour – Saturday, December 15th
Port Washington, Florida
Eden Gardens State Park
5:30PM to 8:30PM
Free
(850) 267-8320






Eden Gardens State Park and the Friends of Eden State Gardens, Inc. invite you to a holiday tour.

Enjoy the traditional walk through the luminaries to the Historic Wesley House and its seasonally decorated rooms.

Inside, visitors will be greeted by Civil War reenactors in period garb acting as your hosts for each room. The reenactors will welcome you to their small encampment by the house as well.

After the tour, the Friends of Eden will be providing refreshments in the pavilion. Donations to the Friends are welcome and appreciated. It is an evening meant to be enjoyed by all who attend.

To volunteer or for additional information call (850) 267-8322.

Eden Gardens State Park is located in Point Washington, off U.S. 98 on C.R. 395.




 

Chacala on Horseback – Saturday, December 15th
Micanopy, Florida
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
Park admission of $4.00 per person / $6.00 per vehicle
352-466-4966








Enjoy a nice 4 - 6 mile ranger-guided tour on horseback down the lovely Chacala Trail. 

Bring your own horse.  All persons are required to have proof of their horse’s negative Coggins test on their person or in their saddlebag.  Riders under 16 years of age are required to wear safety approved helmets.

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

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).





Redfish Revue Theatre Presents: The Bellboy – Saturday, December 15th
Crystal River, Florida
Crystal River Preserve State Park – Visitors Center
3266 N. Sailboat Ave
7PM
Free




Movies on the big screen in our conference room.  Features focus on movies made in Florida.  This month The Bellboy (1960) is featured.  Family friendly – all are welcomed.  Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.  Free popcorn.

Maximum number of participants is 40 people. 

Crystal River Preserve is located west of U.S. 19 in Crystal River.  Take U.S. Hwy 19 3/4 mile north of the Crystal River Mall. Turn left onto State Park Drive. Follow State Park Drive until it dead ends at the Crystal River.  This brings you to the Preserve Visitor Center and the trailheads of 7-mile Loop and Crystal Cove.




Eco-Walk is located at 5990 North Tallahassee Road. Take U.S. Hwy 19 north to just before Seven Rivers Hospital. Turn left onto Curtis Tool Road. The intersection of Curtis Tool and Tallahassee Road is the Eco-walk trail head.


Churchhouse Hammock is across from the Crystal River Mall.

Dixie Shores is located off Hwy 19 on CR 44/W Fort Island Trail.  After about 2 1/2 miles, take a left at W Dixie Shores Drive.  The trailhead is on your left.

Redfish Hole fishing area is located on CR 44/W Fort Island Trail, a few miles past Dixie Shores Trail.  The trailhead for Redfish will be off the road on your left.



Coffee with the Birds – Saturday, December 15th
Ocala, Florida
Silver River State Park
9AM
Free after Regular Park Fee








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.



Star Party – Saturday, December 15th
Sebastian, Florida
Sebastian Inlet State Park
6PM
Regular park entry fees apply









Star Party hosted by the Indian River Astronomical Society, at the Day Use Area, located 1/2 mile south of the Sebastian Inlet bridge, on the east side of A1A.  Powerful telescopes provided or bring your own. 

Note:  This event will be held weather and clouds permitting.

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.




Old Time Dance – Sunday, December 16th
Coconut Grove, Florida  (Miami)
The Barnacle Historic State Park
6:30PM - 10PM (Gates open at 6PM)
Admission: $10.00 - 10 years and older
(305) 442-6866


Come dance like it's 1891!

Kick up your heels and dance circles, squares, contras, and waltzes to traditional American music.

Lou Dow calls the steps. Gates open at 6pm; music and dancing from 6:30-10pm. No pets please.

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






Guided Bird Walk – Sunday, December 16th
St. Augustine, Florida
Fort Mose Historic State Park
8:30AM to 10AM









Fort Mose State Historic Park invites you to meet the birds!

Led by a park volunteer, this fun, informative walk is open to the public and to birders of all levels. 

Walk the park’s boardwalk, see the rookery, and explore the visitor’s center, all while learning more about the park’s many different birds.

Please dress appropriately for the weather. Enhance your experience by bringing binoculars and a field guide, if you have one.

$2 per person museum entrance fee. Museum entry is not required to participate in this program.

From St. Augustine: From downtown St. Augustine, drive north on A1A. At the carousel (you read it correctly), continue straight north on San Marco. (A1A turns right towards Vilano Beach. Don't go that way.) San Marco merges with Hwy 1. Shortly after the merge, look for a bronze statue on the right and a sign for Fort Mose. Turn right on Fort Mose Trail. Fort Mose Trail dead ends into Fort Mose picnic area and parking lot.

OR: From Hwy 1 in St. Augustine, drive north past Hwy 16. Look for a bronze statue on the right and a sign for Fort Mose. Turn right on Fort Mose Trail. Fort Mose Trail dead ends into Fort Mose picnic area and parking lot.

From Jacksonville: Drive south on Hwy 1. Turn left on Fort Mose Trail. (If you pass Hwy 16 you've missed Fort Mose Trail.) Fort Mose Trail dead ends into Fort Mose picnic area and parking lot.











Three Rivers State Park Christmas Light Show – Friday, December 14th thru Sunday, December 16th

Sneads, Florida
Three Rivers State Park
6PM to 8PM
(850) 482-9006








Three Rivers State Park invites you to join us for a scenic drive through the park to enjoy all the beautiful light displays.

Park entrance fees are being waived during the designated times for the event but donations are appreciated.  Canned goods are also accepted to benefit local food drives.

Three Rivers State Park is located two miles north of Sneads on State Road 271 (River Road).







Winter Waterland – Friday, December 14th and Saturday, December 15th
Spring Hill, Florida
Weeki Wachee Springs State Park
6PM to 10PM
$8.00 for adults and $4.00 for children with anyone 5 years and under free
(352) 592-5656





The event includes a special Holiday themed Mermaid show, a special Holiday themed show performed at the Riverside Theater by the Wildlife Department, a special Holiday themed show performed at the Amphitheater by AK Dance Away.

Other activities include Santa Clause, kid’s games and activities, lots of holiday lights and music.

Weeki Wachee Springs is located at the intersection of State Road 50 and Hwy 19 just north of Homosassa Springs and south of Spring Hill, Florida.







Holiday Cruise and Dinner – Saturday, December 15th
Wakulla Springs, Florida
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park
5PM - Boat Tour, Dinner Following
$35 Adults, $25 Children 12 and under
(850) 561-7285



The Wakulla Springs State Park and the Wakulla Springs Lodge invite you to take advantage of this first opportunity to enjoy a holiday tradition. Take an evening out for a cruise on the Wakulla River followed by dinner in the historic lodge. Follow your dessert with an old-fashioned sing-a-long in the lobby by the Christmas tree.

Cost is $35 Adults, $25 Children 12 and under.   Please call 850-421-2000 for reservations.

Travel East on I-10 to Exit 196. Take State Road 263 (Capitol Circle) south 12 miles. Turn right (South) onto U.S. 319/State Road 61 (Crawfordville Highway) for two miles. Bear left onto State Road 61(Wakulla Springs Rd) for six miles. Turn left onto State Road 267 at flashing stop light. Turn right into Park entrance. From West I-10, use Exit 203. Take State Road 61 (Thomasville Road) south. Continue on State Road 61 through Tallahassee for 10 miles. Take U.S. 319/State Road 61 (Crawfordville Highway) south for two miles. Bear left onto State Road 61 (Wakulla Springs Road) for six miles. Turn left onto State Road 267 at flashing stop light. Turn right into the park.






Gamble Jam – Saturday, December 15th
Flagler Beach, Florida
Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach
3PM
Regular park admission fees apply
(386) 517-2086




Jam out at Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area for our the Gamble Jam Session in the Park!

Musicians of all levels are encouraged to bring your instruments and a chair to join the circle for a casual acoustic jam session. It’s a great time to meet other musicians, practice or and just have fun listening! Instruments of all types are welcome; however no power is available near the pavilions.

Feel free to bring snacks and non-alcoholic drinks. Come pick, play or just watch, but be sure to join us!

Pre-registration is requested. Please contact Lauren Swanson at (386) 517-2086 or at Lauren.swanson@dep.state.fl.us to RSVP.

Event is subject to cancellation due to weather conditions. Those that RSVP will be notified in the event of a cancellation.




Holiday in the Gardens – Saturday, December 15th
Palm Coast, Florida
Washington Oaks Gardens State Park
10AM to 4PM
386-446-6783



The gardens are beautiful this time of year and come alive with Holiday decorations.   

Children will enjoy the Holidays around the World Playground, which will include hands-on arts and crafts, face painting, games from different cultures and prizes. Children may also share their holiday wish list with Santa at the Visitor Center and get their photo taken for a nominal charge.

New to the event this year, the Friends of Washington Oaks, will be hosting the Holiday Tea Party with Mrs. Claus the same day as Holiday in the Gardens!  Children can join one of three tea sessions throughout the day at 11am, 12:30pm, and 2:00pm.  Each session will be $5 and will include tea, reindeer sandwiches, craft time, and story-telling with Mrs. Claus.  You can pre-register by calling 386-446-6783 spaces are limited!

Visitors can also do their holiday shopping with a wide variety of arts and crafts vendors in the events field. Other activities include the Friends Second Saturday Holiday plant sale, an exciting chance drawing and live entertainment throughout the day. Food vendors will be available including the Friends Bake Sale, Kettle Corn and more.

In lieu of regular park entrance fees, admission will be the donation of a toy or one non-perishable food item per person. The toys collected will be distributed by the Flagler County Marine Corp Toys for Tots program. The Church Women United Foundation will create food baskets with the food items and distribute to those in need throughout Flagler County.

Fees: One toy or canned good item per car

Washington Oaks Gardens State Park is located two miles south of Marineland, off A1A.






Festival of Lights – Throughout December
White Springs, Florida
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
11016 Lillian Saunders DriveLillian Saunders Drive
Throughout December
$2.00 per person, children 3 and under free 
386-397-4478. 





Come celebrate the Festival of Lights at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park as they decorate the park with more than 4.5 million lights.  This first day of the event includes a Christmas Parade and a marshmallow roast.



Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park will host the annual Festival of Lights, displaying more than five million lights throughout the park, November 30 through December 30, 2012.  The park will be open each evening until 9 p.m., except Christmas Night, Dec. 25.

Named a Top 20 Event in the southeastern United States, visitors can enjoy award-winning holiday sights and sounds throughout the park. Unique holiday light displays include majestic oak trees decorated with thousands of lights, an antebellum Museum dressed in full holiday splendor, a gingerbread village, a candy cane forest, Santa’s runway and much more. The park’s centerpiece is the 200 foot tall Carillon Tower, which illuminates the night sky as holiday music rings from its bells.

Cousin Thelma Boltin’s Gift Shop will be open everyday from noon until 9 p.m.  Complimentary hot cocoa and popcorn are served nightly as the Craft Square comes alive with craft demonstrations, a bonfire, marshmallow roasting and holiday singing for everyone.  

Visitors can experience a “flurry” of fun in our winter wonderland which includes holiday music at the park nightly from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. 

Weather reports predict a chance of snow flurries every evening on the hour and giant snow families have been spotted in the area!  You may even get to meet Santa!

$2.00 per person. Children under 3 are free.

For more information, call 386-397-4478.

Located on U.S. 41 in White Springs. From I-75 to S.R. 136 (Milepost Exit 439 - Old Exit 84), travel east on S.R. 136 for 3 miles. Turn left on U.S. 41. Park entrance is on the left.

From I-10 to U.S. 41 North (Milepost Exit 301 - Old Exit 43), travel 9 miles to White Springs. Park entrance is on the left.






What’s That Bird? – Throughout December 2012
Sarasota, Florida
Myakka River State Park
9AM thru 1PM Daily
(941) 361-6512


Volunteer bird interpreters at Myakka River State Park share their expertise on bird identification, behavior of raptors, shorebirds, waterfowl and other avian visitors at the park.  Volunteer birders will be setting up scopes at the birdwalk and will help people identify birds between 9AM and 1PM daily.







Christmas in Allentown – Throughout December 2012
Allentown, Florida
Forest Hills Lane off Highway 89
5PM nightly
(850) 218-3285












Time to visit Allentown during this month-long celebration.   

Santa visits each Friday and Saturday from 6PM to 8PM through Christmas Eve.  

 More than 300,000 lights can be seen decorating the area nightly from 5PM to 9PM throughout December.







Sculpture in Key West – Saturday, December 1st through Saturday, March 23rd
Key West, Florida


Each year contemporary outdoor sculptures come to Key West.  This year artists include Nellie Appleby, Bill Wood and Ursula Clark.













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.






Gainesville Cell Phone Tours 
Daily 
Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs
Various - see website, Gainesville, FL 32601
352-393-8540
WEBSITE    
Free






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 
 Fridays
Key Largo, FLORIDA
Kona Kai Resort, Gallery and Botanic Gardens
97802 Overseas Hwy., MM 97.8, Key Largo, FL 33037
305-852-7200
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. 














Learn Something New - Take A Class!  
Current Offerings from Your County Extension Agent









Saturday Farmers Markets



Lake Desoto Farmers Market 
Saturdays
Lake City, Florida
778 NE Lake Desoto Circle 
(Between Columbia County Courthouse and Shands Lakeshore Hospital
8AM to Noon





The Lake DeSoto Farmers' Market is open every Saturday from 8am to 12pm in Wilson Park, 778 NE Lake DeSoto Circle, located along Lake DeSoto between the Columbia County Courthouse and Shands Lakeshore Hospital.

The market's weekly offerings include a bounty of Florida-grown fruits and vegetables along with honey, goat milk, cheese, free range eggs, herbs, and organic arugula and mixed greens for salads. There are also fruit tree's, grape vines, herb and native plants available for your garden. Local artists also share space with local farmers, beekeepers, and downtown merchants like Ruppert’s Bakery.



Jacksonville's King Street Farmers Market 
Wednesday 
Jacksonville, Florida
1021 King Street
11AM to 2PM 









The King Street Farmers Market is a weekly Wednesday local food and farmers market in the Riverside neighborhood of Jacksonville, FL.   They’re located in the vacant lot next to Riverside Market Antiques & Interiors at 1021 King Street.   Hours are from 11AM to 2PM.

Shoppers will find fresh and organic fruits and vegetables straight from the farm, artisan breads and baked goods, food trucks, plant and tree vendors.

To contact: email kingstreetfarmersmarket@gmail.com.

Market managers:

    Cari Sanchez-Potter, Intuition Ale Works

    Melaine Taylor, Riverside Market Antiques & Interiors

    Amie Keslar, The Veggie Bin









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
Saturdays
Ocala, Florida
Downtown - Ocala Square
8 AM - 1 PM











Chiefland Farmers and Flea Market 
Saturdays
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
561-737-3256

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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