We are working hard to develop a number of self-guided tours that will help visitors efficiently navigate all there is to see and do in Gadsden County. In the meantime, we want to at least provide you with our top “must see and do” recommendations while you are visiting this wonderful historic destination.
So many ways to enjoy Lake Talquin, and what a perfect place for residents and visitors alike to enjoy the great outdoors. Whether you want to boat, fish, bird, hike, camp, horseback ride, bike ride, sit on the shore and experience the most spectacular sunset, or have the most amazing dining experience on the water, this is a top recommendation. Some of the Lake Talquin touch-points you’ll want to consider:
- Lake Talquin State Park
- Bear Creek Educational Forest
- Joe Budd Wildlife Management Area
- The Whip Waterfront Pub n Grub
- The Whippoorwill Sportsman Lodge
- Lake Talquin Lodge
- Ingrams Marina
THE QUINCY FLORIDA HISTORIC DISTRICT
The history in Quincy Florida is beyond amazing and you could spend days exploring all there is to see in this thirty-six block area covering the entire downtown and surrounding area. Spend a night in one of the alluring bed and breakfasts and then take a leisurely walking tour of the Historic District and enjoy the rich heritage and hospitality of this special place. The charm and elegance of “Old Quincy” makes this a unique and wonderful place to spend an hour or two or a few days. A few of the highlights include:
- The Quincy Courthouse Square - 1827
- The McFarlin House Inn & Breakfast – 1895
- The Pat Munroe House – Quincy Garden Center – 1893
- Eastern Cemetery – 1820’s
- J.E.A Davidson/C.W. Thomas House – 1859
- Shade Leaf Building – Owl Cigar Company (1891)
- Centenary United Methodist Church –Historic Tiffany Glass (1918)
- A.K. Allison House – Allison House Bed & Breakfast – 1843
WHITE DOG PLANTATION
If you truly want to experience something original and unique, come stay and play at the White Dog Plantation. This is an amazingly unique 60-acre retreat for lovers of nature, history and yes, dogs; not only a natural setting steeped in Florida history, but the perfect place for a wedding, meeting, or relaxing getaway. White Dog is a village of historical buildings including the c.1828 Nicholson farmhouse, which is on the National Historic Register, as well as several historic buildings that were moved to the site by Paul Nicholson, a former owner of the property and developer of the much beloved but now closed Nicholson Farmhouse Restaurant.
Behind the village is a gorgeous ravine with a large spring, huge trees, and a nature trail open to the guests of White Dog Plantation. The uplands in front of the village are managed as gopher tortoise, bluebird and native wildflower habitat. You’ve got to experience this.
DOWNTOWN HAVANA – SHOPPING
This historic little town, a few miles north of Tallahassee, is often referred to as North Florida's eclectic shopping capital. With so many shops offering art, custom-made and new furniture, books, jewelry, collectibles, clothing, gifts and even pets, Havana is a haven for visitors who are tired of malls and big chain stores. In between the shops, you'll find quaint eateries and coffee shops, where you'll be sure to find something that will please everyone. Vacationing or visiting Gadsden County? You must spend a day in Havana.
Off the beaten path of Hwy 27, you will find the hidden gem of Havana offering Southern Hospitality and so much personal service that we earned the title of Florida's Friendliest Small Town!
When many hear of Chattahoochee they immediately think of the historic state hospital, but there is so much more to see and do as you consider this town's rich history along the Apalachicola River and Lake Seminole. Do you like canoeing, kayaking, fishing, hiking, eating, history? If you do, this has to be a stop off while you are vacationing/visiting Gadsden County Florida. You’ll want to consider:
- Kayaking and canoeing on the Apalachicola River or Lake Seminole
- Sunken Boats along the shore of the Apalachicola like The Barbara Hunt
- The U.S. Arsenal at Florida State Hospital
- Chattahoochee Landing
- Jim Woodruff Dam & Lock
- Rutabagas – a restaurant you’ve got to experience
GADSDEN ARTS CENTER
Take a break from Coke Millionaires, Shade Tobacco and historic Victorian homes in Quincy to enjoy a thriving arts center which exhibits the work of local artists and is a favorite spot on the North Florida Arts Trail. This is an amazingly thriving arts center that offers a broad range of interpretive and studio art programs centered upon an exhibition calendar of top regional to major national and historically important art exhibitions. If you are going to visit and/or vacation in Gadsden County Florida, don’t miss this.
TORREYA STATE PARK
Named for a rare species of Torreya tree which only grows on the river bluffs, this is the place for birding, hiking and history buffs. With river swamps and high pinelands, extensive ravines and high bluffs along the river, the park has one of the most variable terrains of any in Florida.
Not only do some consider Lake Torreya one of the best state parks in Florida for hiking, the birding also gets rave reviews as birders watch for northern birds like winter wren, Louisiana waterthrush, golden-crowned kinglets and brown creepers. Brown-headed nuthatch and Bachman’s sparrows are possible in the sand hills. Of course at the historic Gregory House, you can get a personal tour of the house that was moved across the river to its current location In 1849. The stories of war and survival are captivating.