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Columbia County is overflowing with natural beauty, cultural treasures, and exciting events. There are so many things to do in Columbia County that folks just passing through miss out on. From crystal blue springs, scenic state parks, eclectic shops, and historic sites. Visit Florida’s Gateway and stay to experience all it has to offer.

DIVE IN TO FLORIDA SPRING WATERS

Perhaps the most striking feature of Columbia County is the abundance of natural fresh water springs and crystalline spring-fed pools. The limestone-filtered water collects into surface ponds and streams that form a playground for swimmers, fishermen, and nature lovers. The springs of Columbia County are truly the crown jewel of Florida's gateway.

WATER PLACES
Columbia County has soaked up an interesting mix of cultures over its colorful history. Visitors can take in the antebellum mansions and civil war battlefields around Olustee. Music lovers can visit a museum dedicated to the legendary 19th Century songwriter Stephen Foster, composer of American standards like 'Oh Susannah!' and 'Camptown Races.'

DISCOVER OUR HISTORY

CULTURE & HISTORY

DISCOVER OUR HISTORY

Columbia County has soaked up an interesting mix of cultures over its colorful history. Visitors can take in the antebellum mansions and civil war battlefields around Olustee. Music lovers can visit a museum dedicated to the legendary 19th Century songwriter Stephen Foster, composer of American standards like 'Oh Susannah!' and 'Camptown Races.'

CULTURE & HISTORY

SHOP TIL’ YOU DROP

There is no shortage of shopping in Columbia County. From national retailers such as, TJ Maxx, Hobby Lobby, JCPenny, and Artsy Abode, to locally owned stores like the Blue Goose Studio, Gateway Art Gallery, Treasures of Lake City, and many more. You are sure to discover something unique and one-of-a-kind from your visit in Florida's Gateway.

WHERE TO SHOP
Columbia County has more than just water sports to offer nature lovers. Columbia County includes about half of Osceola National Forest, a sprawling 200,000-acre preserve of cypress swamp and pineland. Throughout the rest of the county and surrounding area, nine different state parks dot the land at sites of natural and historical significance.

EXPLORE OUR PARKS

PARKS

EXPLORE OUR PARKS

Columbia County has more than just water sports to offer nature lovers. Columbia County includes about half of Osceola National Forest, a sprawling 200,000-acre preserve of cypress swamp and pineland. Throughout the rest of the county and surrounding area, nine different state parks dot the land at sites of natural and historical significance.

PARKS

LAKES

Columbia County features many fresh water lakes. Fishing is a popular sport here and there is certainly plenty of places to try your luck. Boating, paddling, and just enjoying a relaxing day on the water are all popular activities for visitors and residents. Click below for a complete listing of lakes in our area.

LAKES
Looking for a great place to play a round of golf? How about renting a canoe or paddle board and setting out on one of our historic rivers? We have many options when it comes to recreation in Columbia County. No matter if you are looking for something outdoors or prefer something indoors, we have you covered.

RETHINK RECREATION

RECREATION

RETHINK RECREATION

Looking for a great place to play a round of golf? How about renting a canoe or paddle board and setting out on one of our historic rivers? We have many options when it comes to recreation in Columbia County. No matter if you are looking for something outdoors or prefer something indoors, we have you covered.

RECREATION

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Here in Florida's Gateway, we specialize in outdoor fun. Snorkeling, tubing, fishing, camping, biking, and so much more await you in our pristine part of natural Florida. With 9 state sparks, a national forest, the Suwannee and Santa Fe rivers, fresh water springs, and an abundance of campgrounds, the adventures you take will leave you wanting more.

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES