Voted as one of “the cutest towns in America” by the Huffington Post, Micanopy is a charming town chock-full of quaint antique stores, small cafes and gorgeous nature attractions. Just a little south of Gainesville, the 187-year-old town is home to around 600 people. The recorded history began when Spanish explorer Hernando De Soto noted a Timucuan Indian Village on the site of the present-day Micanopy. The town was founded in 1821, the year that Spain ceded its Florida land to the United States, and it is believed to be the oldest inland town in Florida, the Florida Historical Society reports. People come from all over to see the shops along Cholokka Boulevard. Antiquers come to search for treasures in the antique stores that line the downtown streets such as Delectable Collectibles Antiques or the used bookstore, O Brisky Books. If antiquing is not your cup of tea, Micanopy has many outdoor activities to offer visitors. Lake Wauberg, which is owned by the University of Florida, is a great place to spend a beautiful day. With paddle boarding, rock climbing and disc golf, there is never an opportunity to be bored. North of Micanopy lies the Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park. Nature trails or lookouts at Paynes Prairie are some of the best places to watch a sunrise or sunset in Alachua County. The historic Herlong Mansion serves as a bed and breakfast and as an event venue. To celebrate the arrival of autumn, Micanopy hosts an annual fall festival that attracts visitors from across Central Florida. Vendors from fashion to crafts set up shop to sell their wares to those who venture out to downtown Micanopy that day. The town’s unique character attracts many visitors each year and has been captured in several movies, including “Doc Hollywood”, “Cross Creek” and “Miracle Child”. Micanopy is located between U.S. 411 and I-75 in the southern part of Alachua County. Micanopy is an antiquer’s dream with antique shops lining the downtown streets.
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