Things to Do In Florida Right Now!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Things to Do in Florida This Weekend - Friday, January 4th thru Sunday, January 6th, 2013

Carrabelle, Florida


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, January 4th thru Sunday, January 6th, 2013




Up Past Bedtime Movie – Friday, January 4th
Coconut Grove, Florida (Miami)
The Barnacle Historic State Park
7PM - Gate opens at 6PM
$5 ages 6 and up; $3 ages 2-5; free under 2
(305) 442-6866


 Bring your blanket, popcorn, family and friends to the front lawn of The Barnacle as they present the movie “Balto”—the story of an outcast half-wolf who risks his life to prevent a deadly epidemic from ravaging Nome, Alaska.



Chairs, blankets, and coolers welcome. Flashlights are recommended and modest pajamas encouraged.


No pets, please, during evening events. Service animals are welcome in all areas at any event. Accessible facilities are available. Gate opens at 6pm. Movie starts at 7pm. No entry after 7:15pm.

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




Guided Nature Hike – Saturday, January 5th
Ocala, Florida
Silver River State Park
8AM
Regular park entry fees apply


Take a walk with a naturalist to learn about Central Florida flora and fauna. 

Hosts will be either David or Mickey.  David is a naturalist with a strong knowledge of plant life, exotic invasives, and ecosystems in our area.  Mickey has extensive knowledge of the history and culture of the Silver River area.  (Call the ranger station if you would like to know who is leading.) 

No pets, please.  Wear sturdy walking shoes.

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.







177th Anniversary Dade Massacre Reenactment – Saturday, January 5th and Sunday, January 6th
Bushnell, Florida
Dade Battlefield Historic State Park
9AM to 5PM - Battle Reenactment at 2PM each day
$5 per person, children under 6 free, parking $2 per vehicle



 
Visit period soldier, Seminole Indian and civilian camps, Sutler Trade Fair, historic arts and crafts demonstrations, full scale cannon firing, tree cutting, barricade building, musket shooting, tomahawk throwing, and primitive archery.

Dade Battlefield Historic State Park is located in Bushnell, Florida just off I-75 and state Road 48, west of Highway 301.




Camp Helen History Tour – Saturday, January 5th
Panama City, Florida
Camp Helen State Park
10AM to 10:45AM
Free after paid park admission
(850) 233-5059

Camp Helen State Park invites you to their monthly history walk at Camp Helen State Park. 

Come learn about the early history of the park and local area while wandering on a guided tour around Camp Helen's restored historical buildings.

The walks take place the first Saturday of each month at 10AM and last about 45 minutes.

Camp Helen State Park is located west of Panama City Beach on U.S. 98 at the west end of the Phillips Inlet bridge, just inside Bay County. The entrance is South of U.S. Hwy 98 and approximately six miles west of State Road 79.




Coffee with a Ranger – Saturday, January 5th
Lake Louisa State Park
9AM
Regular park entry fees apply


Learn more about Lake Louisa State Park while meeting fellow campers.  

 Join a Ranger for casual conversation around a cup of coffee or hot chocolate at the Hammond Lake Pavilion in the campground. 

Feel free to bring any additional treats or sweets that you’d like to share.

Lake Louisa State Park is located in Clermont, Florida on US 27, seven miles south of State Road 50.






Fire: Friend or Foe?  - Saturday, January 5th
East of Jacksonville, Florida
Fort George Island Cultural State Park
Ribault Club
2PM
Free
904-251-2320

Come see how fire impacts the environment. 

Discover the benefits of prescribed burning for managing healthy ecosystems and exactly what tools rangers use to control a prescribed burn.

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.



Family Birding – Saturday, January 5th
Micanopy, Florida
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
9AM to 11AM
Free after regular park admission
(352) 466-4100







This is the second of 5 sessions in a new Beginning Birding series at Paynes Prairie!  Session will be held on the first Saturday of each month from December through April.  Join the group for one session, or join for more.

January’s session will focus on Cranes and Winter Birds on the Prairie!  Meet at the LaChua Trailhead located off Camp Ranch Road.

All ages are encouraged to participate—including children.  Bring the whole family!  All sessions will be formatted with introductory information suitable for all ages.    

Topics will include Bird Habitat, Winter Bird Residents at Paynes Prairie, How to Identify Birds and their Songs, Migration, and Keeping a Birding Checklist.

No high-tech gear is required.  Bring them if you have them, but we have several pairs of binoculars to share and will provide basic instruction in their operation.  We will also have a variety of guides and other tools.  This program is designed for anyone with an interest in birding – with or without experience – and to provide families with the knowledge and tools necessary to share a birding experience.

Reservations are requested.  Please provide the ages of all children that will be participating so activities can be planned.   


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).




"Light, Wings and Other Things" Exhibition – Saturday, January 5th thru Thursday, January 31st
Hobe Sound, Florida
Jonathan Dickinson State Park
9AM to 5PM
Free with park admission
(561) 745-5551






The "Light, Wings, and Other Things" exhibition features the photography of Geoff Coe and is dedicated to "Capturing the Beauty and Behaviors of Florida's Birds."

The exhibition is located in the Kimbell Education Center and runs through January 31.

Directions to Jonathan Dickinson State Park from the south
On I-95 - take Exit 87A - go east on Indiantown Road to US 1. Turn left (north) on US 1. Jonathan Dickinson is 5 miles on your left.

On Florida Turnpike - take Exit 116 (Jupiter). Go east on Indiantown Road to US 1. Turn left (north) on US 1. Jonathan Dickinson is 5 miles on your left.

To Jonathan Dickinson State Park from the north
On I-95 - take Exit 96 - go east on Bridge Road to US 1. Turn right (south) on US 1. Jonathan Dickinson is 3 miles on your right.

On Florida Turnpike - take Exit 116 (Jupiter). Go east on Indiantown Road to US 1. Turn left (north) on US 1. Jonathan Dickinson is 5 miles on your left.




Native Plant Presentation by Gene Joyner – Saturday, January 5th
North Palm Beach, Florida
John D. MacArthur Beach State Park
11AM
$5 per person – Reservation required
(561) 776-7449, ext. 104

Longtime Palm Beach County Extension Agent, resident and plant expert, Gene Joyner, will be speaking on Florida Native Plants.

The cost for the program is $5 per person and reservations are required.

Please call Janice Kerber, Director of Education, at (561) 776-7449, ext. 104 for reservations and more information.

John D. MacArthur Beach State Park is located 2.8 miles south of the intersection of U.S.1 and PGA Blvd. on A1A in North Palm Beach.




Backpack with a Ranger Overnight Hike – Saturday, January 5th
Micanopy, Florida
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
10AM Saturday thru Noon on Sunday
$10 per person - Reservations are required
(352) 466-4100



 
If you’re interested in taking your next camping venture beyond the campground, but you’re not ready to make the trip on your own, then join one of our rangers on a group overnight hike just off the beaten prairie path. 

Journey along biologically and historically unique areas, and learn about the Prairie’s relationship to people of the past, present and future.

This overnight trip is a moderately strenuous hike of approximately 6.5 miles over level to slightly rolling terrain. 

The pack in, pack out hike begins Saturday morning with a 4.5 mile hike, and concludes on Sunday with a 2 mile hike along the picturesque north rim of the prairie basin. 

The hike is limited to 20 people; reservations are required! 

This hike is not recommended for children under 10.  No pets permitted.

Meet at the La Chua Trail. 

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).


Learn to Kayak – Sunday, January 6th
North Palm Beach, Florida
John D. MacArthur Beach State Park
10AM to 11AM
Free with paid park admission
(561) 624-6952

Representatives from Adventure Times Kayaks will teach a land-based course that gives beginners the skills necessary for kayaking.

Reservations are recommended. The program is free with park admission. For information and reservations call the Nature Center at (561) 624-6952.

John D. MacArthur Beach State Park is located 2.8 miles south of the intersection of U.S.1 and PGA Blvd. on A1A in North Palm Beach.




Treasure Coast ESA Surf Contest – Sunday, January 6th
Fort Pierce, Florida
Fort Pierce Inlet State Park
8AM to 5PM

For more information, please contact the Eastern Surfing Association Treasure Coast District at http://tcst.surfesa.org/index.htm.

Fort Pierce Inlet State Park is located four miles east of Fort Pierce, via North Causeway.









Journey Stores – Wednesday, January 2nd thru Saturday, January 19th
Sebring, Florida
Highlands Museum of the Arts
Alan Altvater Cultural Center
Historic Downtown Sebring / Lake Jackson
351 West Center Ave.
863-385-6682
863-385-6682

 
The Journeys exhibit examines the intersection between modes of travel and Americans' desire to feel free to move.  The story is diverse and focused on immigration, migration, innovation, and freedom.  It is accounts of immigrants coming in search of promise in a new country; stories of individuals and families relocating in search of fortune, their own homestead, or employment; the harrowing journeys of Africans and Native Americans forced to move; and, of course, fun and frolic on the open road.


Also on display with the Journey Stories exhibit are local stories of Marvin Kahn and his family's journey from Lithuania to Sebring, and John Skipper's family's trek through the heartland of Florida during the Indian wars.  Sebring Centennial history has been loaned by Carole Goad and the Sebring Historical Society.

Highlands MOTA is a sponsor of a companion exhibition at the Museum of Florida Art & Culture (MOFAC) at South Florida State College, featuring local journey stories and the artwork of Owen Jolly, running concurrently with exhibition at MOTA. 

Also of note is an exhibition currently at the Avon Park Depot Museum featuring "Tin Can Tourists", a group who were among the first campers who drove down from the North in vehicles modified for sleeping.  Many were Model T Fords (Tin Lizzies) which, with the tin cans of stored food they carried, gave the group their name.







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.













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.





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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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