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Boat Launches and Recreational Lakes Near Starke FL

October 13, 2018 by Corey A Edwards

Hampton Lake - Lakes Near Starke FL

Hampton Lake – the view from our B&B

Our north central Florida B&B is surrounded by an abundance of lakes – in fact, our B&B is located on the shore of one! But not all of these lakes are publicly accessible for fishing, swimming, or boating. Thus we’ve compiled this short list of recreational lakes near Starke FL.

Florida’s natural attractions have been wowing visitors since the 1800s. Whether it’s the wildlife, sightseeing, or some of the best freshwater fishing in the world, Florida never fails to impress. The only real problem is narrowing down what you want to do and see while you’re here!

If getting out on local lakes is your idea of fun, you’re in luck!

First of all, our B&B, Hampton Lake Bed & Breakfast, was not ironically named. We are actually located on the shores of a natural, cypress lake: Hampton Lake (natch).

Hampton Lake

6982 SW 101 St, Hampton, FL 32044
Hampton Lake is a beautiful, 822-acre, natural cypress lake located between Gainesville and Jacksonville. Hampton lake Bed & amp; Breakfast offers 180 feet of Hampton Lake waterfront to share with our guests. Several of our guestrooms boast scenic lake views and everyone loves watching sunsets from the back porch rocking chairs.

Hampton Lake’s cool, spring-fed waters are perfect for a refreshing swim on a hot day. Anglers will be happy to hear that the lake has ample bass and bream communities and that our property includes a pier to fish off. Further, a public boat launch makes getting a craft out on the lake’s surface a snap.

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2018 Florida Gators Football Schedule – Home Game Lodging

August 17, 2018 by Corey A Edwards

2018 Florida Gators Football ScheduleFootball season is right around the corner and the 2018 Florida Gators football schedule is out. If you’re looking for Gators home game lodging for the 2018 season, look no farther than Hampton Lake Bed & Breakfast!

Catching these exciting Southeastern Conference games in person is a great experience and Ben Hill Griffin Stadium is a great venue. “The Swamp,” as the stadium is also affectionately known, is Florida’s largest stadium. There isn’t a single bad seat in the state-of-the-art facility, though visiting teams know it as one of the toughest college football environments around.

7 of the 13 games in the 2018 Florida Gators football schedule are home games that will be played at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. September 1st, 8th, 15th, October 6th, November 3rd, 10th, and 17th are all Gators home games. Add in Gator Growl (November 2-8) and you have a whole host of reasons to visit North Central Florida this fall!

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Experience the Santa Fe Zoo in Gainesville Florida

June 15, 2018 by Corey A Edwards

Santa Fe Zoo at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, FLThe Santa Fe Zoo is a small, AZA-accredited, teaching zoo on the Santa Fe College campus in Gainesville, FL. It is the only college zookeeper training facility in the country with its own AZA-accredited zoo on grounds.

The Santa Fe Zoo may sound like it belongs in New Mexico but no, it’s here in North Central Florida at Gainesville’s Santa Fe College. The facility’s full name is “The Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo” and it has been AZA accredited since 2000.

The 10 acre zoo is part of the Santa Fe College campus and home to over 200 animals representing more than 75 species. The zoo is almost completely operated by students, overseen by a small staff.

For many years one could only see the zoo via guided tour appointment. Though tours are still offered (and recommended) they are no longer needed to visit the zoo.

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Bradford Sportsmen’s Farm NWTF Sporting Clays Challenge

April 13, 2018 by Corey A Edwards

Bradford Sportsmen’s Farm NWTF Sporting Clays Challenge May 2018Bradford Sportsmen’s Farm is hosting the NWTF Sporting Clays Challenge May 4th through the 6th, 2018. This sporting clay tournament is NSCA registered and will help raise money for the National Wild Turkey Federation.

Bradford Sportsmen’s Farm is a family owned shooting facility, located just ten minutes down the road from our North Central Florida B&B, in Graham, FL. Bradford Sportsmen’s Farm hosts NSCA registered sporting clays tournaments each month. They also offer classes, a pro shop, and a club house with refreshments.

The NWTF Sporting Clays Challenge scheduled for May 4th through the 6th, 2018 is a 200-target, sporting clays championship. The event is open to NSCA and Hunter Classes, with 5-stand, sub-gauge, FITASC, Pump, and SXS events. 12 gauge, preliminary.

The shoot will help raise money for the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF). The National Wild Turkey Federation was founded in 1973 with a mission to save the wild turkey and support hunter’s rights using science-based conservation. Attending this shoot is both a vote for conservation AND hunting. A win win, in other words.

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You’ll Have A Blast At M2 Battlesports Tactical Outdoor Laser Tag!

August 28, 2017 by Corey A Edwards

M2 Battlesports in Waldo, FLM2 Battlesports is a state of the art laser tag facility that offers military-grade, battlefield simulation, mission-based game play near Starke, FL.

Who doesn’t remember playing cops and robbers as a kid? Running around the neighborhood, yelling “bang!” and generally having a great time? You can still have that same kind of fun as an adult at places like M2 Battlesports Tactical Outdoor Laser Tag.

M2 Battlesports offers a variety of combat simulation experiences similar to paintball and airsoft. With laser tag, however, you can avoid all the the mess and potential pain associated with airsoft and paintball. Plus you don’t need all that bulky, hot protective clothing to play. You also don’t have to worry about someone cheating by wiping off the paint or ignoring hits.

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Waldo’s Antique Village, Farmers Market, and Flea Market

July 24, 2017 by Corey A Edwards

Waldo's Antique Village, Farmers Market, and Flea MarketIf you enjoy antiquing and fresh farm to table food, then you’ll love Waldo’s Antique Village, Farmers Market, and Flea Market. It’s the largest market of its kind in North Central Florida!

Waldo’s Antique Village is a huge mall filled with quality antiques and collectibles. And when I say huge, I mean huge. 20,000 square feet and two stories of shopping opportunities. Believe me, those two stories hold a huge selection of items. You’ll see jewelry, curios, furnishings, apparel, art, and so much more.

If you’re looking for something more modern and less antiquey, check out the Waldo Flea Market, which is part of the Antique Village complex. This “old fashioned flea market” is open every Saturday and Sunday and boasts over 900 dealers!

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