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Eco Tours North Central Florida, Gainesville, Alachua County, Springs, Rivers


The Best of Both Worlds Tour Company

Tour guide Virginia Seacrist offers North Central Florida visitors an historical and environmental approach to Gainesville and its natural surroundings. With over a quarter century of exploration to uncover the best of both worlds, your guide escorts newcomers to their secret treasures. Travel writer Virginia knows the people and the places to enhance your visit to the real Florida.

Choose from an array of opportunities to acquaint yourself with nearby springs, rivers, parks, trails, and historic towns and homes. Select a variety of activities from snorkeling crystal clear waters to browsing the area's many antique shops.

Your guide will escort you to the Santa Fe River for canoeing or to the world's most beautiful clear blue river, the Ichetucknee, for a day of snorkeling, floating, or canoeing. Or, travel just a few miles south to overlook what was once a lake, now is Paynes Prairie, and on to one of Florida's oldest towns., Micanopy, for antiquing.

I can lead visitors to the small town of Windsor into a century-old plantation currently under restoration by the resident family. I can include such little-known events as a Marjorie Rawlings luncheon, which serves recipes from the world famous author's Cross Creek Cookbook, or a gourmet lunch at one of our elegant, historic bed and breakfasts.

For the more active tourist, I can arrange guided bicycle tours of Oleno State Park, or a guided kayak tour down the Santa Fe River. Hydro Bikes have been recently introduced to our area, available at the confluence of the Ichetucknee and Santa Fe Rivers.; Hydro Bikes are stable bicycles on pontoons, which allow a rider to exercise above the water and peer down into it like a stalking bird.

Opt to lunch at the end of a half-day tour or to break your day-long tour. Guides select restaurants catering to gourmet and vegetarian palates.

I will be happy to serve you and your clients and guests. Request customized tours through my e-mail address, telephone, or mail.

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