Introduction to Lake City, Florida
Lake City History
Lake City was originally a Seminole village known as Alpata Telophka, which meant "Alligator Town." In 1830, a white American town named Alligator was established near the Seminole town. The city was incorporated in 1859, and changed its name to Lake City. It is said that the mayor's wife was responsible for it being christened by its present name because she supposedly "refused to hang her lace curtains" in a town named Alligator. In 1864, the American Civil War Battle of Olustee was fought near the city.
Lake City and Nearby Attractions
- Olustee Battlefield State Monument.
- Big Shoals State Park.
- Stephen Foster State Folk Culture Center.
- Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park.
- Olustee Beach.
Things To Do In Lake City
Lake City offers a variety of recreational opportunities and has many rivers and lakes offering scenic views. Wildlife and birds can be observed by the riverside and people can find opportunities for swimming, water skiing and tubing. The Olustee Battlefield State Monument is a popular historical site nearby. Several parks are also located nearby, such as Big Shoals State Park, Ichetucknee Springs State Park and O'Lena State Park. There are soccer fields, tennis courts, semi-private golf courses, auto race tracks and a variety of other recreational facilities available in Lake City as well.
Lake City Transportation
Gainesville Regional Airport is nearby.
Lake City Higher Education
The closest colleges to Lake City include Lake City Community College, Santa Fe Community College and The University of Florida.