If you think all there is to the Suwanee River is an old song with problematic lyrics, you’re missing out on one of Florida’s greatest kayaking, canoeing and camping rivers.
This state park has superior cabins and is a great base for kayaking the Suwanee and hiking. It’s also home to an oddly dated museum on Stephen Foster. (We considered it a funky Florida find.)
It’s a long way from just about anywhere — and that’s part of its appeal. But it’s also a great place to bicycle, kayak, hike, watch sunsets and spot birds. The 1859 hotel, now a charming B&B, is reason enough to go.
The tribes gather on Oct. 13 at the Spirit of Suwanee Music Park near Live Oak in preparation for an exhilarating 123-mile paddle down Florida’s legendary Suwannee River to Manatee Springs State Park. The expedition is one of five sponsored over the next year by PaddleFlorida.org.
Cedar Key is cool. So says Budget Travel magazine, which announced its 10 Coolest Small Towns in America. The only Florida town among them is this charming island in an out-of-the-way location 60 miles west of Ocala.
All those “lazy river” water attractions at hotels and parks are just trying to recreate the exhilarating experience of tubing the Ichetucknee River in north central Florida. Try the real thing, where you’ll float past pristine cypress forests and look into water so clear you can see a pebble on the river’s bottom through six or seven feet of water.