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Cedar Lakes Woods and Gardens

August 9, 2020 by Corey A Edwards

overhead view of Cedar Lakes Woods and GardensVisit Cedar Lakes Woods and Gardens only if you’re not opposed to having your breath taken away. This incredible North Florida attraction includes more than 50 separate gardens with cascading waterfalls, koi ponds, swans, and endless stunning views.

Had you visited the site of Cedar Lakes Woods and Gardens as recently as 1990, you would have found not a series of gorgeous botanical gardens but a polluted swamp in the remains of an abandoned lime rock quarry. That’s what Dr. Raymond Webber found when he discovered the property.

Luckily for all of us, however, Webber could imagine beyond the 110-year old abandoned quarry. Over two decades of hard work followed. Quarry walls were lined with concrete and rock planters, stones were stacked for walkways and walls. Islands, pools, and cascading waterfalls were created. Pavilions, gazebos, concrete walkways, and bridges of Brazilian walnut.

Though his vision evolved as he made it reality, in 2014 the gates opened on a space transformed.

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Subterranean Diving at Devil’s Den Prehistoric Spring

July 16, 2020 by Corey A Edwards

Devils Den Prehistoric SpringLooking for new and unique experiences during your Florida getaway? Visit Devil’s Den Prehistoric Spring and snorkel or scuba dive in the translucent blue, underground waters of a natural karst cave!

As anyone who knows Florida can tell you, there is simply no end to the fun and fantastic experiences that can be had here. The Sunshine State is a cornucopia of stunning natural attractions, vibrant wildlife, and friendly communities bursting with things to see, do, and experience.

Even amidst all this variety, however, Devil’s Den Prehistoric Spring stands out as a unique and unusual opportunity.

A Prehistoric Swimming Hole

Devil’s Den Spring is a karst window, or sinkhole, leading to a natural stone chamber filled with water from a subterranean river. Part of the cave’s ceiling collapsed millions of years ago, exposing the pool below.

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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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