It seems like everyone in Florida visits the same few places, and all of our amazing little towns can fall by the wayside. So we decided to round up some of the coolest, most historic extra-small towns in Florida just for you. Let’s all give these charming small towns the attention they deserve.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
Williston, located near Gainesville, is a small town with some pretty big attractions. People travel from all over the country to visit the beautiful Devil's Den and Blue Grotto. The Two Tails Ranch and the Kirby Family Farm are other notable local attractions.
This city of around 2,800 people is in Franklin County in the Panhandle. For many years, Carrabelle was was famous for having the world's smallest police station, located in a phone booth.
This small town in the Panhandle is as famous for its small town charm as it is for its delicious seafood.
This town of fewer than 1,000 people in Central Florida is famous for a favorite Floridian pastime, an awesome flea market.
5. White Springs
White Springs is a town of around 800 in northeast Florida. This town on the Suwanee River has a great historic district and remains of a bath house that was Florida's first tourist attraction. There's also Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, which is especially popular in May during the Florida Folk Festival.
Christmas may be a small town, but it's home to the world's largest gator, Swampy. This huge building is part of the Jungle Adventures Nature Animal Park. Other attractions include Fort Christmas Historical Park and the Fort Christmas Folk School, a nonprofit dedicated to teaching folk art.
This brightly colored town (technically a census-designated place) is one of the five communities of greater Pine Island. This charming Old Florida town of fewer than 700 people has unique boutiques, seafood restaurants, and art galleries to delight visitors of all ages.
This town located south of Gainesville has around 600 people. It's well known in the area for its historic buildings and antique stores.
This city in Wakulla County started out as Lockchoppe, from the Muskogee words meaning acorn stem, somehow became Sopchoppy, and never looked back. In 2004, the population was 465, and it's home to the annual Worm Grunting Festival.
This town of under 900 in the Panhandle has its own Garden of Eden. Elvy E. Callaway, a baptist preacher in the '50s, studied the scripture and decided that there were so many similarities between Bristol and the Biblical Garden of Eden that this must be the place. It's not that hard to believe for anyone who has seen Florida's natural beauty.
This is a little town with just over 1,000 people in Lafayette County.
Spuds, in Northeast Florida, is named for the potato crops the area depends on. The town once held a camp for German prisoners of war in WWII.
This town in
Washington County may be small, but it's big on attractions. Don't miss Falling Waters State Park or Seacrest Wolf Preserve while you're in town.
This tiny town of fewer than 700 people has several antebellum historical sites that can be viewed from Highway 71. Most are private, but the historic Pender's Store is open to the public and is one of Florida's oldest operating stores.
This tiny town is lucky to be close enough to enjoy the Orlando area without the hustle and bustle. Plus they can claim the gorgeous oasis of Rock Springs Run State Preserve seen here.
16. San Antonio
San Antonio, also known as San Ann, located in Pasco County, was established as the center of a Catholic colony in 1881. Other nearby communities include St. Joseph and St. Leo.
This small town of fewer than 500 people between Gainesville and Ocala has a lovely historic district. Keep history alive and visit their 1890s festival on October 24th.
Though Welaka has fewer than 700 people, it has a fascinating history, from the Timicuan Indians of nearby Mount Royal to the settlers of the 1850s. With its near extinction during the Civil War, and its rebuilding, Welaka has stood the test of time. It's located on the St. John's River in Putnam County.
Reddick is a tiny town of around 500 in north Central Florida that has been a around since 1882. Visitors rave about the local Hope Hall Farm Bed & Breakfast.
20. Two Egg
This unincorporated community in Jackson County, FL, is said to have gotten its name during the Great Depression, when residents didn't have money but would often trade for "two eggs."
Do you have any other favorite super small towns in Florida? Please share them with us!