Treat yourself to the casual tempo of High Springs, a historic town and lively destination just 20 minutes north of Gainesville. Visiting High Springs is the perfect opportunity to slow down and enjoy a quaint, beautiful community.
Explore the downtown shops, and enjoy unique antique stores, artisan edibles and wares, delicious bites and treats and even a local craft brewery.
High Springs has a variety of tasty eateries, a few are listed below and we encourage you to try the many other establishments. The day doesn’t get much better when it begins with an excellent coffee and homemade cinnamon bun from The Talented Cookie and ends with a light, crisp craft beer from High Springs Brewing Company!
Make sure to build in time to experience what High Springs is famous for – the year-round 72 degree waters of the area’s crystal-blue springs, the original Florida State Park, O’ Leno, and canoeing, kayaking, and paddleboarding on the Santa Fe River. All three vessels are available for rent from the Santa Fe Canoe Outpost, or bring your own and let them handle the rest.
When you are finished enjoying the springs, stop by the Pink Flamingo Diner and Mini-Golf Course. The professionally designed course has 18-holes that each represents a Florida spring, complete with educational signs. The course features water features, photo ops and benches to relax and soak up the sun.
Consider extending your day trip to a weekend and stay at a downtown cottage or a nearby cabin on the river, or The Grady House Bed and Breakfast or a local motel like the High Springs Country Inn or Cadillac Motel. You will want to make sure you make time to prose through the produce and goods at the weekly Farmer’s Market, get a history lesson at the Historical Society Museum, or take in a play at the High Springs Playhouse.
Bambi’s Cafe prepares local organic farm-fresh produce, meals, soups, sandwiches on fresh baked breads, salads, cheese, salsa, chips, vegetarian, organic and gluten free foods.
The Bird Nest: Vintage Market
Shop filled with unique gifts, antiques and collectibles.
Retail store with home decor and furniture.
Good News Art
A small community arts space in High Springs that brings together artists and the community in an effort to engage in creative and cultural output while working towards a more equitable and just society.
A New American Diner concept serving some of the best sandwiches, plates, desserts, and beverages.
Lanza Gallery and Art Supplies
An exciting, new concept, art store with quality, art supplies and handcrafted, fine art by local artists in a completely relaxed, gallery setting.
Spins: Sweet and Savory
Offers a fresh “spin” on an ancient Hungarian street food known as Chimney Cakes. Enjoy them by themselves, or filled with our amazing Chicken or Shrimp salad.
Great Outdoors Restaurant
This restaurant serves award-winning food: hand-selected steaks, fresh seafood, fresh salads, homemade soups and desserts.
The Mantle Furnishings
Select a perfect piece from our eclectic array of furniture and home decor, or treat yourself to a new outfit.
An eclectic market in the heart of downtown High Springs, featuring local art, herbal apothecary, small batch soy candles and vintage wares.
MINI-GOLF AT THE PINK FLAMINGO DINER
Located behind the polished stainless steel diner in High Springs, an 18-hole mini-golf course tees up family fun perfect for the kids to burn up extra energy. Each hole represents a Florida spring, complete with educational signs. The course features water features, photo ops and benches to relax and soak up the sun.