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See The World’s Largest Bat House – The University of Florida Bat House

June 5, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

University of Florida Bat HouseThe world’s largest occupied bat houses hold hundreds of thousands of the flying mammals – and they’re located in Gainesville, FL! Come see them at the University of Florida Bat House!

Bats have a bit of a image issue, it’s true. People think of them as filthy, disease-ridden, blood-sucking little monsters of the night. In fact, 70% of bats eat insects alone, serving as an excellent form of pest control. Many bats are also pollinators, like bees, helping crops to thrive. Interactions with humans have been over-hyped and are much more frightening for the little bats than the big person!

Unfortunately, like so many of nature’s creatures, bats are having a harder time finding safe habitat. Disease and encroachment have displaced and decimated many bat colonies across the globe. If only there were more bat houses like the ones at University of Florida!

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Get Wild At Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation!

April 14, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation in Gainesville, FlCarson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation is an exotic animal refuge in Gainesville, Florida. Take a tour of their facility and meet more than 70 different exotic animals all in one amazing place!

Christine and Barry Janks founded the Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation in 2003. Their mission was a simple one: they wanted to house and rehabilitate abandoned, abused, and/or endangered exotic and native animals. Further, they hoped to help educate their visitors about these wonderful animals and the role they play.

From the looks of things, it would seem they succeeded!

Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation currently houses over 70 animals representing 25 different species. Unlike many facilities, here they go above and beyond the minimum standards set by the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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Discover Florida’s Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park!

February 27, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Devil's Millhopper Geological State ParkDevil’s Millhopper Geological State Park is a 120 feet deep, prehistoric, limestone sinkhole containing a miniature rain forest and fossils of extinct animals.

There’s a gigantic, funnel-shaped hole in the ground just two miles northwest of Gainesville, Florida. This natural wonder measures an astonishing 500 feet across, 120 feet deep, and a circumference of almost a half-mile! This is the Devil’s Millhopper, a limestone sinkhole that has yielded fossilized shark teeth, seashells, and extinct land animals.

The Devil’s Millhopper is one of only two geological state parks in Florida. Prior to that lofty designation, it was described in a number of colorful ways. As the name suggests, there are many weird, old stories about this sinkhole. Native Americans, explorers, and settlers have all held their own, unsettling beliefs about the hole.

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Attend the 2016 Gainesville Downtown Festival and Art Show!

October 21, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Gainesville Downtown Festival and Art Show 2016Planning on attending the 35th annual Gainesville Downtown Festival and Art Show, November 5th and 6th, 2016? Great idea! The festival is a great place to discover new art and artists, as well as enjoy live music and mouthwatering eats!

The 35th annual Gainesville Downtown Festival and Art Show promises to once again transform downtown Gainesville into a celebration of art and creativity.

This beloved festival is bringing 240 artists from around the country to Northern Florida for an opportunity to display and sell their original works. Painting, sculpture, wood, glass, jewelry, ceramics, photography, fiber art, and more will be on display for the over 100,000 art lovers expected to attend.

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Discover Relaxation and Recreation At Hampton Lake Florida

August 22, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Relax and recreate at Hampton Lake FloridaHampton Lake, located between between Gainesville and Jacksonville, Florida, is an 822-acre, natural cypress lake. Its cool, spring-fed waters are perfect for all kinds of recreating and relaxing.

Just 7 miles south of Starke, Fl on Highway 301, Hampton Lake is an oasis for those looking to cool off and relax. Fishing, swimming, and spectacular sunsets are just the beginning. Beyond exciting fishing retreats for bass and bream, the public boat ramp gives access to the lake’s surface.

Our Florida lakefront B&B, Hampton Lake Bed & Breakfast, is here, nestled on 60 acres of open field with 180 feet of waterfront and a dock. A stay with us opens up opportunities to stroll through the fields, fish off the dock, take a swim, or just relax to the sounds of nature.

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