Showcasing the best of Florida’s yesteryear charm, there are a handful of cities found throughout the Sunshine State that pre-date our big-ticket attractions. It’s in these places that you can avoid the crowds and soak up the natural beauty of Florida with a day of hiking, biking, kayaking, snorkeling and fishing. From small-town gems to unspoiled landscapes, here are the best places you can still experience Old Florida.
Nicknamed “The Little Town That Time Forgot”, Micanopy is one of Florida’s most underrated small-town gems, where visitors can experience the beauty of Old Florida through its quaint mix of charming shops and beautiful natural wonders. Meander along the downtown area to stroll past sidewalk cafes and boutiques, then make a pit stop at Pearl’s Country Store for some of the best barbecue in the state, located inside a gas station. Day trips to nearby Paynes Prairie State Park are encouraged, where you can get the chance to see wild bison and horses roaming its lands from a 50-foot observation tower.