Top Things to Do in the Spring in Levy County
Levy County is one of Florida’s best destinations for nature lovers who want to get a taste for Old Florida. The spring is a particularly popular time to visit Levy County. The waters begin warming and the calendar of events starts to heat up. Here’s a look at some of the top things to do during spring in Levy County, Florida.
Each spring in Levy County, the area starts bustling with tons of exciting events and festivals. The biggest event of the year, Levy County Fair at Williston Horseman’s Park features traditional carnival rides and games along with an equestrian show and live petting zoo. Don’t miss some of the pageants and competitions, including the best karaoke singers. Another exciting event includes the Wild Hog Canoe and Kayak Race on the Waccasassa River. During the race, paddlers in kayaks will bypass some of the best natural wildlife in Florida. Anglers may want to check out the Nature Coast Challenge Tournament in Yankeetown to compete for the largest catch off the Withlacoochee River. Prizes, trophies, and gift cards will be given out to winners.
History buffs will have a field day at the annual Nature Coast Civil War Reenactment at Kirby Farm in Williston. Levy County is known for its roles during the Civil War protecting Florida’s largest private railroad. Guests can watch a battle unfold before their eyes and hop aboard a train ride through battlefields and other Civil War landmarks. Another train-themed event called Rock n’ Roll Train takes place on Easter weekend. Families ride on the vintage locomotive and search for Easter eggs, play games and meet livestock animals at the petting zoo.
To learn about the local flora and fauna of Levy County, the Spring into Spring at Manatee Springs State Park allows attendees to join several workshops to learn about the wildlife. Various craft booths will be available for guests to get their ‘manatee passport” stamped after accomplishing each activity. Creative people will want to flaunt their talents at the Old Florida Celebration of the Arts in Cedar Key. Over 120 art vendors will be on display, showing off their best works for sale. Guests can browse through the various mediums of arts like paintings, sculptures, potteries, jewelries and glassworks. While there, take advantage of some of the best Floridian food available like crab cakes and local clams. Lastly, the Cedar Lakes Woods and Gardens Spring Festival is a popular spring event for locals and guest to check out over 50 gardens outfitted with waterfalls, koi ponds and more. Find out specific dates for all these springtime events on our calendar of events.
During spring, millions of birds start to make their way north, many stopping in Levy County. With hundreds of species in the area, birding is a popular activity in some of its many nature parks. Protected parks that are ideal for birding are Devil’s Hammock Wildlife Management Area, Henry Beck Park, Goethe State Forest, Blue Springs Park, Bird Creek Park and more. Luckily, Levy County is home to different landscapes including rivers, dense wilderness, marshlands, and oceanfront for birders to try multiple locations to see the birds on their list.
Diving, Swimming, and Snorkeling
As the weather starts to warm up, thousands of visitors make their way to Levy County to take advantage of its water activities. The Devil’s Den is a hidden gem among locals where there’s an underground cave offering diving and snorkeling areas and million-year-old fossils. On top of its geographical marvels, the spring remains a refreshing 72-degree temperature throughout the year. Visitors can rent diving gear on the premises to explore the underwater spring and look for fossils. The Blue Grotto in Williston is another ideal place to go diving and snorkeling, as it is the largest clear-water cavern in Florida and has its own impressive collection of fossils imbedded in its walls. Animal lovers may want to opt for Manatee Springs State Park in Chiefland to get great views of the underwater giants.
Airplane Rides in Cedar Key
Why explore Levy County on foot or by car when you can see it all from a plane? In Cedar Key, visitors can take a 20-minute airplane ride to get aerial views of the surrounding islands in the area with island tours. The small Cessna 70 plane will allow up to 3 guests to ride at a time. Riders can snap pictures and take videos along the way. The plane ride will be operated by a certified pilot who will narrate the route upon request.
Among the manatees, unspoiled wilderness, and fantastic weather lies another hidden secret of Levy County. With dozens of antique shops in the area, the county is an oasis for lovers of all things vintage and retro. Multiple shops like Manatee Antiques, Dixie’s Antiques, and Cedar Chest sell mint condition items like typewriters from the ‘50s, Victorian jewelry, Civil War memorabilia and much more. Whatever antique items are on your wish list, Levy County is a good bet for unique discoveries.
Dakotah Winery in Chiefland is Levy County’s most well-known winery for free wine sampling. Wine lovers will try out various flavors like cabernet sauvignon, blush and blueberry. The winery is located in a historical building that is adjacent to some of the best nature spots in the region. Its wildlife refuge pond is filled with fish and fowl for wine lovers to observe while sipping their drinks. Visitors can also request a tour around its 20-acre vineyard to see the behind-the-scene process of growing grapes and winemaking.
Fishing Charter Trips
Whether you want freshwater or saltwater, multiple private fishing charters are available in Levy County. Many fishing boat rentals come with a skilled captain who can navigate through the waters for guests to lounge while enjoying the scenic route. However, guests can rent kayaks or canoes and fish from some of the area’s shallow waters. All fishing items can easily be rented or purchased in the county.
Eco and Nature Boat Tours
Tidewater Tours in Cedar Key will lead visitors through some of the most gorgeous untouched scenery in the county from the comforts of a tour boat. Guests will be taken to various locations like Cedar Key islands to catch glimpses of dolphins, sea turtles, birds and rich foliage. Other iconic locations include the Suwanee River (six-miles of freshwater river) and the Coastal Marsh (perfect for checking out migratory birds). During the tours, a captain will tell visitors how the local plants and wildlife contribute to the eco-system.
Horseback riding in the spring is the best way to get up and close with nature. Visitors can bring their horses to several stables like Levy County Horse Club and Black Prong Equestrian Center to embark on scenic trails. At North Star Acres, beginner’s lessons are available where visitors will be matched with gentle horses. Several stables, like Amik Run Equestrian Center in Morriston, will offer additional seminars to learn the art of horseback riding, horse caretaking, and overcoming horse riding obstacles.
Bronson Speedway Activities
Lovers of speed will want to check out Bronson Speedway to watch drag racing. With several scheduled races in the spring, guests can reserve their tickets online or in person and root for their favorite drivers from the safety of the seats. The racetrack is known for having some of the best drivers in the South to compete in its one-third-mile racetrack. Food vendors are available on the premises.