There's really no better place to spend the weekend with your family than at Fleming Island Plantation CDD in Fleming Island.
Impress your friends and family with your kickboxing skills.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Laura S. Walker was an accomplished writer, teacher, civic leader, and naturalist who left an indelible mark on 19th-century Georgia. With such a diverse array of occupations, it's only fitting that the state park bearing her name should offer a similarly wide-ranging array of fresh-air pursuits.
The 626-acre park, which is situated just north of the enormous Okefenokee Swamp, boasts a 120-acre lake that's open to boaters, water-skiers, kayakers, and anglers. Visitors can also walk or bike around the lake's edge while keeping a lookout for the many creatures that call the park home, including gopher tortoise, warblers, and great blue herons. They might also spot carnivorous pitcher plants, which swallow up insects and old geometry tests. Golfers, meanwhile, can hunt the 18-hole Lakes course for the elusive triple eagle.
Dave Bee, the owner of Schwinn Shop, was practically born on the bicycle saddle—two of his uncles own cycling dealerships, and he remembers being able to ride before he could even walk. His first set of wheels, a 1968 Schwinn Pixie, now hangs on the store's wall, along with wooden-wheeled bikes and quirky items ranging from a Pee-Wee Herman doll collection to turn-of-the-century skis. Bee calls his enterprise a "museum of sorts," a testament to the freedom of spirit one can only discover from behind the handlebars. Indeed, the store's bevy of new and used bicycles entices potential owners to trade in their gas-guzzling horses and set out for new adventures.
From the modern Schwinn designs to an assortment of Giant mountain bikes, cruisers, and single-speed commuters, Schwinn Shop's inventory offers options to suit any riding style. For current owners, the full-service repair shop can cure any ailment, from misaligned wheels to graying tassels, and Bee and his team of cycling technicians can customize frames with colorful tires or parts and accessories from Shimano, Origin-8, and Odyssey. The staff also rent out hybrid bikes for leisurely rides around Gainesville, catering to customers unwilling to endure the sleepless nights of ringing bells associated with bike ownership.