Tranquil neighborhoods, expansive valleys, green surroundings, and not-so-bustling main streets, thinking of Florida’s small towns will encompass the mind with these fascinating images. Check out Florida’s 6 most amazing towns that are no less fascinating than the metropolitan cities.
Once inhabited by the Timucuan Indian tribe, Fernandina Beach, located on Amelia Island, is a quaint little town with upscale dining and shopping. The town in Nassau Country is one of the principal municipalities consisting of Greater Jacksonville. With a population of 11,487 (as per 2010 census), Fernandina Beach doesn’t mind welcoming visitors with wide open arms. Stroll along the promenade of the beaches, appreciate the graceful architecture of the historical structures, or prefer a horse-drawn carriage ride through the popular Center Street.
USA Today termed Boca Grande “one of the Best Coastal Small Towns”. When you look for a friendly neighborhood, Boca Grande seems to be a perfect choice. An upscale location, Boca Grande has magnificent historic downtown. The stunning beaches offer plenty of fishing opportunities for outdoor lovers. The small residential community, in southwest Florida, is situated on Gasparilla Island, which is a part of both Lee Counties and Charlotte. If time permits, take a tour of the lighthouse museum, stroll through the Gasparilla Inn & Club, explore bike trails, and soak in the sun on the secluded barrier-island beach.
A few kilometers away from the maddening crowd of Orlando are the stylish Winter Park condo rentals. Conveniently located, these accommodation options offer easy access to the major attractions in the area. Families with kids will resort to abundant outdoor spaces in Winter Park. Central Park is a popular eleventh-acre park in the heart of the downtown dotted with beautiful fountains, oak tree canopy, and an awe-inspiring Rosegarden. Dogs are not permitted in the park. Amongst other important places to see in Winter Park are Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens, and Cornell Fine Arts Museum.
An “off-the-beaten-path” in the United States, the population of Cedar Key shrinks to less than 1,000 during the low season. Often called as “Old Florida”, Cedar Key is definitely an enchanting enclave offering stunning beaches, nature preserves, fishing spots and plenty of other things. Besides the untouched beaches, the island city of Cedar Key is also recognized for Cedar Key National Wildlife Refuge (for rich birdlife and natural trails), Cedar Key Museum State Park (trails and artifacts), and Cedar Key Historical Museum (down the memory lane).
When you are in the United States and still want a slice of Europe, head to Tarpon Spring. This beautiful small town in Florida will give you everything that has a European taste. From awe-inspiring architecture to mouthwatering cuisines, Greek influence can be felt everywhere. Located on the Gulf Coast of Florida, visitors will have plenty of eateries to choose from for a romantic dinner. Rekindle love for your better half as you choose to dine at the waterfront restaurant. Zip around the Sponge Docks, which is known as “Sponge Capital of the World” or get a flavor of an eclectic mix of antique stores and art galleries.
Gourmet restaurants, outdoor cafes, antique shops, colorful festivals, and rich history, Mount Dora is a lakefront town founded in 1874 by homesteaders. Though it has shied away from the hustle and bustle of the metro cities, this does not refrain vacationers from reaching out popular spots like Disney World. The Mount Dora History Museum is a prime attraction, which documents local history.
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Since small towns are known for their tranquil settings and breathtaking backdrops, DeFuniak Springs will not disappoint you at all. This beautiful city is nicely tucked away from the hustle and bustle. Visitors to this city will enjoy its lovely Victorian vibe. The Victorian structures are the prime attractions. Apart from that DeFuniak Springs hosts other significant attractions including Lake Stanley Park and Circle Dive Historic Centre. Amongst other ways to explore the tiny city are boat tours, fishing, and hiking.
Getting around Apalachicola promises one thing that travelers will have a whale of a time. One of the important charming small towns, Apalachicola lures food lovers (particularly, seafood lovers) from various corners of the world. Also called the “Oyster Capital of the World”, it knows how to pamper its visitors. Make sure you have a gorgeous vacation home rental to stay and explore its 900 structures dating back to the early 19th-century. Apart from food, you will love to immerse yourself in its rich history.
Comprised of just above 1,100 people, Christmas is a census-designated place, part of the Orlando-Kissimmee Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is located 16 miles west of the Space Coast and Kennedy Space Center and 24 miles east of Orlando. The small town is well-known for its Swampy. It is the largest manmade alligator on earth
Established by J.M. Willis, the small town of Williston today is an important spring hotspot in Levy County. Devil’s Den Prehistoric Spring is a must-visit site in the town where you will love to take a plunge along with your buddies. Blue Grotto is a diving site that attracts expert divers from all over the country. Visit Williston in October to participate in the Annual Peanut Festival.
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