THINGS TO DO
IN HIGH SPRINGS
High Springs Historical Society Museum
The High Springs Historical Society Museum provides a window into pioneer life as it was during the late 1800s – early 1900s steam train era.
Located in beautiful downtown High Springs, Florida directly behind City Hall, inside the Old Schoolhouse! Enjoy traveling back in time learning about our local history, envision the day and the way people lived, worked and played! Our museum is very kid friendly!
High Springs was largely a company town for the Plant System rail yard. On prominent display in the Museum is a 6′ x 20′ authentic diorama of the 50-acre Plant System rail yard. The model “HO” gauge display includes an accurate to scale depiction of the rail yard with a roundhouse, turntable, shops, supporting buildings and running trains.
Tour the “Walk of Remembrance” bricks engraved with the names of men and women who were involved with the railroad. The original High Springs 1924 Brockway-LaFrance fire truck is on display and is in the process of being restored. Also displayed are fire nozzles, hoses, fire axe, hats, gas masks and a hand-pull fire hose reel on wheels.
View photos, antiques, and preserved artifacts of our local history along with railroad equipment, tools, bells and whistles. Model railroad displays are also available for enjoyment by all ages.
The Museum is within walking distance to historic downtown with notable restaurants, antique shops and stores, and the Priest Theater. Come spend the day with us in High Springs..
O’Leno State Park
O’Leno State Park is located on U.S. Highway 441, six miles north of High Springs along the banks of the scenic Santa Fe River. The park features sinkholes, hardwood hammocks, river swamps and sandhills. As the river courses through the park, it disappears underground and reemerges over three miles away in River Rise Preserve State Park.
A day at the park offers visitors the opportunity to unwind in a natural setting. Visitors can enjoy a day of hiking or biking on the park’s shaded trails. The Santa Fe River is a beautiful spot to launch a canoe or try your hand at fishing along its banks. Pavilions are located along the river’s edge, providing a serene backdrop for picnicking and relaxing. The shady, full-facility campground is the perfect place for a relaxing overnight stay.
O’Leno State Park is a part of the Great Florida Birding Trail and offers visitors ample opportunity to bird watch throughout the park. Bird enthusiasts might expect to see a variety of migrant songbirds, Northern Bobwhite, Eastern Wild Turkey, Barred Owl, Red-headed Woodpecker, Bachman’s Sparrows and many more.
Poe Springs Park
28800 NW 182nd Ave, High Springs, FL 32643
Poe Springs Park is located 3 miles west of High Springs on County Road 340.
The spring basin is accessible either from the Santa Fe River, or from a boardwalk 1,000 feet from the parking area. The basin is up to 25 feet deep. The vent entrance is about 2 feet by 3 feet, and the cave is about 13 feet long.
The park boasts 202 acres filled with scenic woodlands and rolling fields, located along the banks of the Santa Fe River. The well-maintained park features a playground, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, tubing, swimming, hiking, picnicking, volleyball courts, softball/kickball/soccer field, nature trails and its own spring.
Poe Springs is one of the least crowded springs in the area and the shallow water makes it kid-friendly.
NEAR HIGH SPRINGS
Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park
7450 NE 60th St, High Springs, FL 32643
The park contains a collection of natural springs, including a large second magnitude spring that produces an average of 44 million gallons of water per day. This spring, known as Gilchrist Blue, has outstanding water clarity and discharges water through a shallow spring run about one-quarter mile to the Santa Fe River.
The other named springs on-site are Little Blue Spring, Naked Spring, Kiefer Spring and Johnson Spring, which provide scenic vistas and photographic opportunities.
The most significant ecological habitats include the spring run stream and floodplain communities. The main spring run is renowned for its support of a diversity of wildlife species including turtles, fish and invertebrates. Redbreast and spotted sunfish, largemouth bass, bluegill and channel catfish in can be observed in waters with unparalleled visibility.
Paddling, snorkeling and swimming are all popular at the park. Pavilions are available, and a concession stand provides food and beverage service, and paddling equipment rentals. Other popular activities include camping, hiking, nature study and picnicking.
Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park is located in Gilchrist County about five miles to the west of High Springs off NW 182nd Ave. (CR340) in the north central part of the state along the Santa Fe River.
The park is located 25 miles south of Lake City and about 20 miles to the northwest of Gainesville.
Great Outdoors Restaurant
18587 High Springs Main Street, High Springs, FL, 32643
Housed in an historic building in downtown High Springs, Great Outdoors Restaurant features American favorites like New York Strip, Rack of Ribs, and BBQ Pulled Pork. The Great Outdoors Restaurant serves award-winning food: hand-selected steaks, fresh seafood, signature entrée salads, homemade soups/desserts. We also house the Springhouse Tavern and the Patio River Bar. The Great Outdoors Restaurant also hosts live music, so you can plan your trip here by taking a look at their events schedule. Children friendly. Reservations accepted. Good for groups or parties.
18562 NW 237 Street, High Springs, Florida, USA, 32643
High Springs Brewing is a family friendly craft beer destination. There are handcrafted sodas to enjoy along with an array of perfectly crafted beers.
Many nights delicious food trucks service the brewery check the Facebook page for the latest schedule.
Bringing exceptional musical artists to the Historic Downtown High Springs area the High Springs Music in the Park provides a platform for (all original or public domain music) local, regional and national touring artists to perform for the general public. Increasing awareness and appreciation for the arts in and around our Historic Downtown High Springs, in multiple venues. They work with others like societies and share knowledge to provide the best in entertainment. Giving back to the community and share our passion.
A Florida 501 (c) (3) Non-Profit Corporation, all volunteer Florida Corporation dedicated to promoting local, regional and national touring acoustic based artists. We do not charge for any of our events, although we do ask for donations. 100% of the donations goes back to the charity to further our quest.
Funded in part by Visit Gainesville / Alachua County, a grant from the the City of High Springs, local businesses & your donations.
23416 W US Hwy 27, High Springs, FL, USA, 32643352-642-2312
The theatre, like the fresco, is art fitted to its place. And therefore it is above all else the human art, the living art.
— Roman Rolland (1866-1944)
High Springs Playhouse is a private, nonprofit corporation whose mission is to stage high quality family entertainment through amateur theater productions using the donated talents of residents of High Springs and surrounding communities. From its inception in 1993 through 2001, HSP staged shows at the New Century Woman’s Club. In 2002, through the generosity of the community, our sponsors, and dedicated audience support, HSCT realized the dream of owning our own theater.
Participation in HSP is open to anyone, regardless of experience or residence. Volunteers perform all aspects of operations at High Springs Playhouse including mounting stage productions, theater administration, and support activities such as selecting plays and planning improvement projects.
HSP produces five main stage productions each year, plus a Summer Youth Theater Program. Auditions are open to everyone.
Funding is provided by our operating budget which comes primarily from donations from business partners, sponsors, and individuals like you, as well as some from show revenues.
All our board members, directors, cast, and crew are unpaid volunteers who donate their time at HSP. With the exception of musicians during some musical productions, all participants are volunteers. An average of 1,500 volunteer hours are required to stage a community theater production.
If you have any questions about HSP, or if you would like to volunteer your talent or become a business partner, please contact us.