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Visit Both Nature and the Past at Morningside Nature Center

June 14, 2020 by Corey A Edwards

Morningside Nature Center boardwalkCome soak up some of Florida’s natural beauty while simultaneously stepping back in time at Gainesville’s premier nature park, Morningside Nature Center.

Morningside Nature Center, located in Gainesville, FL, is a 268 acre preserve protecting the city’s largest remaining stand of longleaf pine. The center is crisscrossed with more than six miles of hiking trails leading through a variety of ecosystems. It’s also home to a popular, seasonal, Living History Farm that brings the 1870s to life today.

Best of all, it’s only a 20 minute drive from our Gainesville area inn, Hampton Lake Bed & Breakfast!

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Kanapaha Botanical Gardens – the Southeast’s Largest Herb Garden

November 22, 2019 by Corey A Edwards

Bamboo Grove Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

Looking up in the bamboo grove at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens.

If you, like so many visitors to Florida, are fascinated by the local vegetation and what can be grown here, you owe it to yourself to visit Gainesville’s Kanapaha Botanical Gardens! Kanapaha is not only home to the biggest herb garden in the southeast, it also has Florida’s largest public display of live bamboo!

Perhaps we here at Hampton Lake Bed & Breakfast are biased. Our Gainesville area inn is surrounded by 60 acres of open field and the shores of a natural cypress lake – Hampton Lake.

We feel lucky, surrounded by so much natural beauty. Many of our guests seem to feel the same, spending much of their time enjoying the lake and open fields around our B&B.

If this sounds like you, you’re going to have a great time in Florida  – and we recommend making some time for a visit to Kanapaha Botanical Gardens.

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