A walk through the Downtown Historic District will give you a feel for the character of this area, known as "The City on the Circle." The cozy streets are packed with boutique shops, art galleries, cafes, a flea market, and an ice cream parlor. Throughout the year, the district hosts an array of events such as craft fairs, car shows, and concerts.
Looking for a bite to eat? Walk over to Faded Bistro & Beer Garden, a casual café serving lunch and dinner with delectable options ranging from fresh seafood and cheese boards to gourmet quiche. Outdoor dining provides a chance to bask in the Florida sunshine, or stay cool inside at the pre-civil war bar, which was originally featured in a traditional tavern in Washington state.
Ideal for observing the flora and fauna of the Sunshine State, Highlands Hammock State Park offers 9,000 acres of outdoor wilderness adorned with thousand-year-old oaks, old-growth hammocks, lush ferns, and a cypress swamp. Try taking one of the ranger-narrated tram tours, which offer glimpses of the abundant wildlife that includes egrets, herons, alligators, and more. Catch-and-release fishing is available at select sites, and be sure to stop by the museum, which showcases the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps.
Find quiet beauty at Buttonwood Bay, where cottages and full hookup RV sites are set against a serene setting of tall trees. Stroll along three miles of tranquil nature trails, offering views of Lake Josephine, or delve deeper into the trees for a glimpse of the southern birds that call this park home.
Fishing is the name of the game here with amenities that include a boat ramp, cleaning station, fishing pier, boat storage, and competitive fishing tournaments that are perfect for master anglers. Two heated outdoor pools provide space to lounge in the sun, while bocce ball, pickleball, tennis, shuffleboard, and a roomy fitness center make it easy to stay active.
The stunning clubhouse is the center of the action for planned activities, hosting dances, dinners, game nights, and more. Woodworking and stained glass classes are available at the hobby shop, and you can always gather your friends for a game of miniature golf. Start planning your stay today!