There’s nothing better than relaxing in nature, except maybe the slight shock of returning to the hustle and bustle of a big city. Wouldn’t it be nice to spend your days outdoors and your evenings in a safe and charming small town? If you move to one these small towns, you can have it all:
1. Mount Dora
Mount Dora has many ways to explore the beauty of Lake County by air or water. You can choose whether you take an eco-tour on a pontoon boat with a dozen other people or take a self-guided tour on a CraigCat Boat with room for only you and one other person. Alternatively, you can book a seaplane adventure or even a hot air balloon. Picturesque Palm Island Park is a birdwatcher's dream.
Dunedin is not just a great, unique little town in Pinellas County, it's also the perfect place to unwind outdoors. Honeymoon Island and Caladesi Island are famous for their natural beauty, there are dozens of fishing and sailing charters to choose from, and the Pinellas Trail (seen here) runs right through town.
3. Crystal River
Crystal River transports you back in time to old timey Florida, with lots of boating, fishing and wildlife viewing opportunities. This is the only place you can legally book an encounter with one of our state mascots, the manatee.
4. Punta Gorda
This is the place to explore a different side of Florida, far removed from the theme parks. Take a swamp buggy tour through Babcock Wildnress Adventures, visit the Peace River Wildlife Center, or if you're really brave, try Skydive Southwest Florida. This town is like one big adventure.
5. High Springs
The opportunities for outdoor adventure in this town near Gainesville are endless. There are several nearby springs and state parks here, including Ginnie Springs and Blue Springs Park. There are several more natural attractions 30 minutes away in Gainesville. There you can explore the Devil's Millhopper (a giant sinkhole) and the wildlife-packed Paynes Prairie (in nearby Micanopy).
This small town in Northwest Florida has Florida's tallest waterfall at Falling Waters State Park. It's also home to the Seacrest Wolf Preserve, an equestrian park, and a park for offroad vehicles.
7. Grayton Beach
This community in Northwest Florida has one of the most beautiful beaches in the country, as well as numerous trails through picturesque Point Washington State Forest. The town is also famous for its fleet of fishing charters. You'll fall in love with this fun and funky little town.
8. Cedar Key
This slice of Old Florida about an hour from Gainesville is a very walkable town with lots of charm. There are many kayaking adventures and fishing charters to choose from. Cemetery Point Park may sound grim, but it's actually a lovely place for a stroll or bike ride when you're in Cedar Key.