Restaurants We Like 'In Dunnellon'

Dinner Bell Restaurant & Motel
12084 S Williams St Dunnellon
PH# 352-489-2550

(This is the restaurant you can walk to just 100 yards away from the condo on Highway 41. It has good & consistent food all the time and is very reasonable in cost. We eat breakfast & lunch here, but is also good for inexpensive dinners)

Front Porch Restaurant & Pie shop
12039 N. Florida Avenue Dunnellon
PH# 352-489-4708

(The front porch is about a 2 minute drive from the condo. Go out to highway 41 in front of the Dinner Bell and Make a right turn. Follow Highway 41 as it curves to the left and over a bridge (1/8 mi.) as you come down the bridge the Front Porch is on the left. This is a simple restaurant with good southern cooking, large portions and great homemade pies! I always get the ‘Cuban Sandwich’ and a bowl of Spanish Bean soup here. The Greek salads are good also.)

Mackie’s Restaurant
20049 E. Pennsylvania Avenue Dunnellon
PH# 352-489-6225

(Mackies is about 4 minutes away. At Highway 41 turn left and go to the light (Penn. Ave, make a right and Mackies is on the left about 1/3 or so down the road. Mackies is where we sometimes eat dinner when we want to stay very local and serves cocktails, no reservations required)

Victorian Rose Tea Room & Gifts
20744 W. Pennsylvania Avenue Dunnellon
PH# 352-489-1628

( We haven’t eaten here but friends like it for lunch)

Restaurants We Like 'Outside Dunnellon'

Cracker's Bar & Grill, Crystal River
502 NW 6th St
Crystal River, FL
PH# 352-795-3999

Crackers is located 20 minutes away in Crystal River on the north end of town on Highway 19 (ask anyone where it is, very popular!) and has waterfront views. The food is good, fast and reasonably priced. Full Bar. Good for Lunch or simple Dinner.

Charlie's Fish House, Crystal River
PH# 352-795-3949

Charlie’s is just South of Crackers, also has some water views and is where a lot of people go to get local seafood

Decembers Fine Dining, Inglis
PH# 352-447-3451

(Decembers is in Inglis on Highway 19. To get to Inglis take highway 40 out of Dunnellon and go West to Inglis, about 15 miles, and turn left (south) at light at Highway 19. Decembers is on your left just down the road. This is more expensive and you should call for reservations, Good Food, no views.)

(And of course, in Ocala is everything you find in any significant city: Chili’s, Outback, Olive Garden, etc…)


A Small Sample Of Near-By Day Trips

Cedar Key

Cedar Key is a quiet island community nestled among many tiny keys on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Long admired for it's natural beauty and abundant supply of seafood, it is a tranquil village, rich with the almost forgotten history of old Florida. Cedar Key is one of the oldest ports in the state, and when Florida's first railroad connected it to the east coast, it became a major supplier of seafood and timber products to the northeast. Today it has become a haven for artists and writers who find the unspoiled environment inspirational to their work. Many people visit each year to walk the historic streets browse the shops and galleries, explore the back bayous and enjoy the world-famous restaurants featuring seafood fresh from local waters. Annually, thousands of visitors come to enjoy the "Sidewalk Art Festival" in April.

Historic City of Saint Augustine

St. Augustine is the perfect place to visit. Its Spanish-styled architecture, its outstanding natural surroundings and its perfect climate makes St. Augustine a favorite of visitors.

Henry M. Flagler saw the city's enormous potential and purchased a railroad to bring passengers from New York to St. Augustine. The ride took less than 24 hours. His two grand hotels, the Ponce de León Hotel and the Alcazar, were grand enough to attract the rich and famous. St. Augustine was definitely on the map!

Today, St. Augustine is one of the most favored Florida destinations. Its charm, its history and its beautiful surroundings all make it a place to discover and explore. St. Augustine and the surrounding area have an amazingly varied and rich fine arts environment. Working in every medium imaginable-pastel, oils, sculpture, leather, glass, wood, cloth, pottery, stone and many other materials — the community of St. Augustine and the Beaches turns out first-rate pieces destined to become prized possessions. History buffs, sports enthusiasts and nature lovers will find St. Augustine and its beaches a natural place to discover La Florida.

Silver Springs (East Side of Ocala)

Silver Springs has appeared in countless movies, TV shows and commercials. The park's credits include six "Tarzan" movies, the "Sea Hunt" TV series and the horror classic "Creature from the Black Lagoon."

Productions continue at the 350-acre nature park, but that doesn't prevent crowds of tourists from enjoying the famous Glass Bottom Boats and Jungle Cruise, Lost River Cruise, Jeep Safari and Doolittle's Petting Zoo. A major new exhibit, the Silver Springs World of Bears, opened last year.

Wild Waters (In Ocala)

Save a few hours for an action-packed time at this six-acre water-fun park. Enjoy a cool swim in the giant man-made wave pool. Shoot down thrilling flume rides and plunge into the blue waters below. There is also a special Water Bonanza playground for tots, miniature golf, a picnic area and more.

Homosassa Springs State Park (in Homosassa)

Great for kids!! See the Manatee & lots of alligators!! Visitors can stroll along unspoiled nature trails and see deer, bear, bobcats, otters and cougars at close range. Many varieties of birds, from colorful wood ducks, and flamingos to birds of prey, herons and egrets, also make Homosassa Springs their home. See the famous underwater fish bowl!

Weeki Wachee Springs Waterpark & Buccaneer Bay Beach:
(Intersection of Hwys. 19 & 50 Weeki Wachee)

Weeki Wachee: Great for Kids!! For more than 50 years, the enchanting Weeki Wachee Mermaids have been entertaining thousands upon thousands of people with their beautifully choreographed fairy tales in front of the world's only 400 seat underwater artesian spring theater.

Currently showing is an original production based on Hans Christian Andersen's classic tale of the "Little Mermaid". Capture a lifetime of memories with the legendary Weeki Wachee Mermaids.

Two shows daily

Buccaneer Bay: Take a refreshing dip in the cool crystal-clear waters of Weeki Wachee Spring. Relax or make sand castles on a pure, white sand beach. Challenge the exciting Thunderbolt flume or navigate the twists and turns of the Pirate's Revenge waterslide. Then, plummet down three stories in the dark, through the Cannonball flume... if you dare! Relax on the lazy River Ride or play some beach volleyball while the kids enjoy Li'l Mates Caribbean Cove. Pack a picnic and drop anchor for a day at Weeki Wachee Springs Waterpark!

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