North Central Florida offers plenty of things to do to pass through the summer doldrums. Taking a trip to some of Florida's best wineries and waterfalls may be just what the doctor ordered to break up the monotony over the next few months!
In about six and a half hours, travelers can hit seven specific stops across North Central Florida. While that definitely means you can visit these award-winning wineries and natural habitats in one day, the trip can also be extended to make the perfect long weekend.
The first place to stop at is the Copp Winer & Brewery near Crystal River. They have beer and wine that is made on-site as well as some great deals.
Try a wine flight of four wines for $4 or a beer flight of four beers for $6. If you're starting the trip at Copp Winery, they open at noon Wednesday through Saturday and at 1 p.m. on Sundays.
The next place not to be missed is Rainbow Springs State Park in Dunnellon. The man-made waterfall is one of the most beautiful around and has been a hit among sightseers since its construction in the 1930s.
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This alternating winery-waterfall journey stops next in Gainesville at Bluefield Estate Winery. They particularly specialize in sweet muscadine and blueberry wines, and the winery does all of their bottling on-site.
Hop across town to take in a series of natural wonders at Devils Millhopper Geological State Park. Since the 1880s, people have enjoyed wandering through the area to take in the beautiful scenery.
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Dakota Vineyards & Winery is next up on the itinerary and is a true hidden gem. One of the highlights of the winery is that they allow you to sample all nine of their wines for free!
They're perhaps best known for their semi-sweet red wines but have something that all connoisseurs will enjoy. Outside of the winery, they have a koi pond that is home to a population of endearing wood ducks.
Back-to-back waterfalls lead into the final stop on the trip. Steinhatchee Falls features Florida's broadest waterfall nestled among 1,700 acres of wonderful land tracts. Visitors at Steinhatchee Falls also enjoy biking, hiking, and horseback riding along the three-mile trail.
After a great walk with nature at Steinhatchee Falls, head up to Lake City to take in the ten-foot waterfall at Falling Creek Falls.
The great natural landscapes of North Central Florida attract droves of people to the region. The area also has several highly-regarded wineries. Pairing the two together creates a great Florida day trip visiting some of the state's top waterfalls and wineries.
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