Discover Family-friendly Things to Do in Lake City
Make the Country Inn & Suites, Lake City your home base while you explore all that northern Florida has to offer, from tubing and scuba diving at Ginnie Springs to hiking and fishing at Osceola National Forest. You can look for deals at Lake City Mall, visit the site of Florida's largest Civil War battle at Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park or cheer on dirt-track racers at the North Florida Speedway. If you’re here to visit a Saint Leo University student or faculty member, the Lake City Education Center is only seven miles from our hotel.
- Osceola National Forest (18.9 miles)
Surround yourself with pine flatwoods and cypress-hardwood swamps when you journey to Osceola National Forest for swimming, fishing, hiking and hunting.
Phone: +1 (386) 752-2577
- Ginnie Springs (24 miles)
Dive beneath the surface to explore one of the cleanest springs in northern Florida at Ginnie Springs. This 200-acre park is home to seven freshwater springs, and the 72-degree water is perfect for tubing, snorkeling and scuba diving.
Phone: +1 (386) 454-7188
Museums and Historic Sites:
- Lake City Columbia County Historical Museum (3.2 miles)
Housed in an 1870s-era building, this museum offers a comprehensive look at the history of northern Florida. Owned by the Vinzant family, the house also includes a section solely dedicated to the family's history.
Phone: +1 (386) 755-9096
- Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park (16 miles)
Learn about Florida's largest Civil War battle with a stop at this state park. Walk a mile-long trail marked with descriptions of the battle, and then examine artifacts and exhibits at the Visitor's Center.
Phone: +1 (386) 758-0400
Shopping, Sports and Entertainment:
- Lake City Mall (0.9 miles)
With anchor stores that include Belk, JCPenney and TJ Maxx, this nearby shopping destination provides a great way to spend the afternoon.
Phone: +1 (386) 337-8794
- The Country Club at Lake City (1 mile)
This par-72, 18-hole championship golf course is a pleasure to play, with well-manicured greens and a beautiful natural setting. Stock up on gear at the pro shop, or stop by the dining room for a delicious meal and a refreshing cocktail.
Phone: +1 (386) 752-2266
- North Florida Speedway (8.3 miles)
Spend an exciting Saturday night in the stands watching drivers race around this 3/8-mile, semi-banked dirt track.
Phone: +1 (386) 754-8800
- Saint Leo University Lake City Education Center (7.2 miles)
At the Lake City Education Center, students can start their Saint Leo University careers or finish a degree close to home. This branch of Saint Leo offers the university’s signature high-quality Catholic education with a student-to-faculty ratio of 25 to one.
Phone: +1 (386) 752-6866
- Florida Gateway College (9.1 miles)
Formerly Lake City Community College, this institution is a part of the Florida College System and offers a variety of academic programs to more than 2,700 students.
Phone: +1 (386) 752-1822
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