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Home to an abundance of natural resources, including the world-famous dive springs of Devil’s Den and Blue Grotto, Williston combines its rich history and lush wilderness with small-town charm and hospitality.
Nestled near Ocala and just 30 minutes outside of Gainesville, this underrated destination offers a lot in terms of family-friendly attractions and outdoor adventures. Considered the gateway to Florida’s “Nature Coast,” its unspoiled landscapes and miles of scenic country roads offer a tranquil escape from traffic jams, shopping centers, and the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
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Divers will delight in the variety of underwater adventures available in Williston. Visit Blue Grotto to discover one of the deepest cavern springs in Florida, with 100-feet of clear water that is ideal for divers of all skill levels. Having remained in pristine condition, spend an afternoon exploring this crescent shaped cavern and explore its unique fossils and colorful aquatic life.
One of the most unique diving spots in the Sunshine State, Devil’s Den gives visitors a chance to either dive or snorkel through a mesmerizing 60-foot prehistoric spring. Considered a geological wonder, this must-see attraction feels like an otherworldly destination with its inverted mushroom shape and crystal clear waters. It’s here that you will be exposed to 33 million-year-old stalactites, ancient rock formations, and fossil beds, offering a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Those who prefer to keep their feet firmly on the ground can head to Cedar Lakes Woods & Gardens in Williston. Set in a 100-year-old lime rock quarry, this beautiful botanical garden has over 50 gardens, highlighted by waterfalls, bridges and picture-perfect landscapes found on various overlooks. Soak in the gardens lush landscapes and take a moment to relax at a picnic table and observe the birds of prey, owls, doves, songbirds, and butterflies that call this place their home.
If you time your visit to Williston right, you can have the chance to sample delicious blueberries at Red White & Blues Farm. With a harvest season from early spring to summer, this family-friendly attraction lets you hand pick your own berries. Perfect for one of Florida’s sunny days, sit under one of the towering oak trees and enjoy a sweet treat from the on-site farm store, where you can choose from a range of blueberry delights, from blueberry lemonade to a blueberry milkshake, scone or slice of cheesecake.
A crossroads for travelers, here you’ll find it in an excellent location to travel onwards in any direction, from Tallahassee to Miami. Williston’s mix of peaceful surroundings and range of hidden treasures make it an ideal place it a perfect road trip destination.