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Stay With Us & Catch the 2017 Florida Gators Home Games!

August 4, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

2017 Florida Gators Home GamesThe 2017 UF football season is just around the corner, so now is the time to reserve your lodging for the Florida Gators home games. Let Hampton Lake Bed & Breakfast serve as your Florida lakeside home away from home.

There’s nothing quite like the thrill of seeing Florida Gators home games and Ben Hill Griffin Stadium is a great venue. University of Florida’s Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, or “The Swamp” as many affectionately call it, is Florida’s largest stadium. Visiting teams consider the state-of-the-art facility one of the toughest college football environments around. Visiting fans, on the other hand, soon discover that there is not a bad seat in the house!

The same could be said for our North Central Florida B&B, Hampton Lake Bed & Breakfast.

Our contemporary modified A-frame home sits on the shore of natural cypress lake surrounded by 60 acres of open field. Each of our seven rooms has an en suite bathroom and access to the more than 180 feet of waterfront we call home. Relax before or after the game with a swim or some fishing. Take the canoe out or simply enjoy a sunset from the porch rocking chair.

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Explore The Florida Museum of Natural History

April 28, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

The Florida Museum of Natural HistoryThere are always a ton of fun and fresh things to do in Northern Florida. One attraction in the Starke area that seems to have something for everyone is The Florida Museum of Natural History.

The Florida Museum of Natural History, located on the University of Florida campus, treats visitors to a variety of permanent and rotating exhibits. The museum contains more than 34 million specimens and artifacts, including one of the world’s largest collections of butterflies and moths.

In a bit of synchronicity, one of the most popular attractions at the museum is the Butterfly Rainforest exhibit.

The Butterfly Rainforest contains upwards of 80 different species of live moths and butterflies. The exhibit contains around 1,000 live moths and butterflies in an enclosed, outdoor space attached to the museum. Plants, landscaping and flowing water cause the exhibit to seamlessly mimic rainforest habitat. The space also contains a variety of other live creatures, including fish and turtles. A variety of Indoor Butterfly Exhibits further bring this fascinating group of insects to life.

The Butterfly Rainforest qualifies as a must-see for anyone visiting the museum or even just the area!

The museum’s internationally acclaimed fossil collection is another big attraction. Florida Fossils: Evolution of Life and Land utilizes this collection to illustrate the last 65 million years of Florida’s natural history.

Other permanent exhibits include:

Northwest Florida: Waterways & Wildlife – This exhibit follows the path taken by Florida’s most precious resource — water – as it flows from northwest Florida down to the Gulf of Mexico.

South Florida People & Environments – Discover South Florida estuaries and the societies they have supported throughout history. Particularly fascinating is the history of the Calusa, who once ruled all of South Florida.

Exploring Our World – This exhibit celebrates the history of the Museum and world-class collections through images, discovery drawers, and video. The exhibit also highlights current studies and research projects at the University of Florida.

The museum always has a number of traveling or rotating exhibits, as well as hosting events throughout the year. The grounds around the museum include a Fossil Plant Garden and a Florida Wildflower & Butterfly Garden.

General Admission to The Florida Museum of Natural History is free. There is a cover charge for admission to featured exhibits and the Butterfly Rainforest. The museum is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.

The Florida Museum of Natural History

University of Florida, 3215 Hull Rd, Gainesville, FL 32611
Open year ’round, 7 days a week. 10 am to 5 pm, Monday through Saturday, 1 pm to 5 pm Sundays.
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.
See what’s happening right now at the museum by visiting The Florida Museum of Natural History website!

Gainesville Area Lodging
Our North Florida B&B is located on the shores of a beautiful, natural cypress lake, yet is just a half-hour’s drive from the University of Florida. Our convenient location puts Gators’ games, the Gainesville Regional Airport, and much more at your fingertips. Hampton Lake Bed & Breakfast offers 180 feet of waterfront and a dock that’s perfect for fishing, swimming, and soaking up spectacular sunsets. Book your stay at Hampton Lake Bed & Breakfast today!

Let Us Be Your Florida Gators Home Game Lodging

September 23, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Florida Gators Home Game LodgingLooking for home game accommodations for the remaining 2016 UF football season? Hampton Lake Bed & Breakfast in Starke, FL is your answer to all your Florida Gators home game lodging needs.

Coming to watch the upcoming Southeastern Conference games at University of Florida’s Ben Hill Griffin Stadium? Great idea! The remaining schedule has 3 such games scheduled and they should be well worth seeing! The Swamp will be rocking when these teams face off against each other on Steve Spurrier-Florida Field. You know you are going to want to be there!

Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, also affectionately referred to as “The Swamp,” is the largest stadium in the state of Florida. The state-of-the-art facility is also considered one of the toughest, if not THE toughest, college football environment for a visiting team. There’s not a bad seat in the house, making it one of the best places to catch the Gators in action.

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