graphicThere are endless opportunities for fun as a resident in the Bradford County region. East coast beaches are within a 1 hour drive, while the pristine waters of the Gulf Coast are within a 1.5 hour drive. Boating, parasailing, swimming, water-skiing and simply relaxing in the warm sun are just a few of the activities that can be enjoyed on Florida’s coasts. Local fresh water lakes, popular havens for fisherman attracted by the "Lunker" black bass and a variety of other sports species, include Hampton, Bedford, Crosby, Crystal, Rowell, Sampson, Santa Fe and Silver.

Recreational facilities abound in the Bradford County region. Tennis courts, golf courses, city/state parks, country clubs, movie theaters and museums ensure that residents are never at a loss for something to do. Numerous local annual festivals attract visitors from all over Florida.

Bradford Regional Museums:

Appleton graphicMuseum, Ocala

Boatdrain Schoolhouse Museum, Starke

Camp Blanding Military Museum, Starke

Florida State Museum of Natural History, Gainesville

Fred Bear Museum, Gainesville

Gene Mathews Historical Museum, Starke

Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville

Jacksonville Museum of Art, Jacksonville

Sports Hall of Fame, Lake City

Wild Animal Museum, Hawthorne

graphicBradford Regional Festivals:

- Chamber of Commerce Community Banquet (January)

- Annual Strawberry Festival (March)

- Bradford-Union Co. Strawberry Pageant (March)

- The Woman’s Club Antique Show (March)

- The Bradford County Fair (April)

- Keystone Heights "Our Country Day" The Fourth of July Festival (July)

- Festival of the Lakes (September)

- Industry Appreciation Week (September)

- The Great Pumpkin Escape (October)

- The Starke Festival of the Arts (October)

- Bradford Homecoming Weekend (October)

- Starke Christmas Parade (December)

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