Explore Central Florida

Spend time at Payne’s Prairie in Gainesville or explore a wildlife refuge at Cedar Key.

There’s more to this rural area than Gator Country.

Believe it or not, there are plenty of outdoor things to do in central Florida! Beyond the university town of Gainesville, vacationers and locals love exploring the flat lands of Payne’s Prairie, where there is always wildlife to spot. Ocala National Forest draws hikers from around the state to explore trails or enjoy primitive camping.

Out on the Gulf coast, Cedar Key is a destination for fishing and watersports enthusiasts. You can camp out on Clark Island, hike the coastline, or fish for species like Black Drum, Cobia, Flounder, Jack, Redfish, Shark, Speckled Sea Trout, and Triple Tail.

Outdoor Activities in Central Florida

  • Shark Fishing Experience
  • Bay Fishing

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