When a city’s limits include seven bodies of water, you think of packing your swimsuit. But when you learn that at its inception the town was named “Alligator” before it was eventually christened “Lake City,” you think again. Have no fear, nomadic friend, because all of the area’s regal reptiles have been rounded up and now spend their days in Alligator Lake Recreation Area.
Although your inquisitive side will encourage you to test the waters, your inner rationalist will persuade you to stay on the shorelines. Observe the aquatic animals in all their glory by staying at one of the hotels near Lake City.
Picture this scene: The gnashing of a great many teeth, the rippling of water as a muscular tail moves through it, and the cooing of white birds as they take off, fearful of great reptilian beasts emerging from cool green waters.
Wildlife has always fascinated you, from the common bluebirds that used to sing in your front yard to the great, towering elephants you saw on safari many years ago, and the alligators that inhabit Alligator Lake are no exception. Dominating over 1,000 acres of Floridian land, the preserve also features scenic rest areas where you can observe the waters for signs of snapping life, and 12 miles of hiking trails for leisurely strolls. Rest assured that there are no scaly beasts to be found inside hotels in Lake City, FL, where you can indulge in a nice long bath and a cold glass of whiskey.
Admit it: It feels exceptional to enjoy your wild side for a short period of time. The staff at Lake City hotels undoubtedly appreciated your flair for being both rugged and refined, just as you appreciated being within an arm’s length of some of nature’s most terrifying creations. But the travel bug is calling again, and you’re not one to deny it. Book one of our rental cars in Lake City and cruise through Florida, seeking new adventures. As you explore the Sunshine State, spend some time at Jacksonville hotels, swapping stories with travelers who have also stuck their heads inside the jaws of travel bliss and lived to tell the tale.