Gadsden Branding County as a Top Affordable Vacation Destination

By: Gadsden County Tourism Development Council Release
By: Gadsden County Tourism Development Council Release

Quincy, Fla. – Today, the Gadsden County Tourism Development Council (TDC) is launching a new website and tourism campaign, highlighting the county’s top activities and attractions.

The newly designed website,, includes an extensive list of places to stay and things to do, an events calendar, an easy-to-use itinerary-builder and an interactive blog written by Gadsden residents spotlighting local attractions.

“I am really proud of, because it gives tourists a simple place to go online and find everything they need for visiting Gadsden,” said Jeff DuBree, chair of the Gadsden TDC. “It is updated constantly with new events or places to visit, so there’s always new things to experience.”

From a world-renowned arts center and music theater to family-friendly festivals, Gadsden has something to offer visitors with diverse interests who are seeking an authentic Florida experience.

For travelers looking for an outdoor adventure, Gadsden boasts unique topography and state parks with activities like hunting, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, swimming and skydiving.

The website is as a one-stop shop, featuring detailed information about Gadsden’s abundant natural, historical and cultural assets, allowing visitors to build customized itineraries that suit their individual needs or family interests.

“We want visitors to know that Gadsden is not only an authentic and affordable place to stop over as they are travelling through the state,” said Charles Chapman, Director of Gadsden County Public Works. “It’s also the ideal destination for a weekend getaway.

Unspoiled. Unexpected.

Along with the new website, the county is unveiling its new image: “Unspoiled. Unexpected.” Gadsden residents are encouraged to participate in the tourism campaign by submitting information about local events and their favorite attractions.

“Our new logo and brand evokes a sense of tradition and encourages people to take a closer look at Gadsden’s natural beauty and historic charm,” said Grace Maloy, executive director of the Gadsden Arts Center. “Gadsden is home to some of the leading art venues in the region and offers diverse opportunities to experience small-town southern hospitality.”

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  • by Anonymous Location: Tallahassee on Apr 30, 2011 at 05:15 AM
    Beside fishing on Lake Talquin I guess you can watch the trucks pull in and out of the Truckstops in Midway. Other than that?....
  • by Lucy on Apr 29, 2011 at 08:46 PM
    I have lived in this county for 30 years and think its a beautiful place to live. I did have to send the kids to private school but we have never been robbed or attacked. And I believe you can get robbed or shot in Tallahassee or Wakulla. There are good and bad people everywhere.
  • by Tommy Location: Dothan on Apr 29, 2011 at 02:45 PM
    If you go to Gadsden County, you can see filth, get robbed, and leave with AIDS! Awesome - sign me up.
  • by jmt Location: Havana on Apr 29, 2011 at 10:25 AM
    What is wrong with you people who live in Gadsden and would post negative comments about your County. Especially ones that are not accurate and only overshadow the strengths of this county. You make comments about the county commission not being a cohesive front. Have you ever heard of being an ambassador to your home. Think before you post on a public website!
  • by Rowdy Location: Wakulla on Apr 29, 2011 at 06:37 AM
    "Gadsden County, just like a third world country" - there's your slogan!
  • by Confused Location: Gadsden on Apr 29, 2011 at 05:59 AM
    I'm as skeptical as the next person when I read about how great something may or may not be, but I really don't understand all the hatred? Most of the negative comments regarding this post seem to stem from its own citizens. What are you afraid of? Your poisoning your own water. Why not try to thrive from some good news instead of continuing to swim in a sea of negativity. There's crime everywhere and bad things happen no matter where you live, who you are or where you come from. Control yourselves, stop and smell the roses and allow the beautiful warm sunlight to touch your hearts and minds. Hold your loved ones and pray that you, your family, neighbors and friends may prosper.
  • by Ed Location: Panacea on Apr 29, 2011 at 04:57 AM
    Gadsden County is a treasure that is increasingly being discovered even as it continues to be under-appreciated. It's not easy being the neighboring county to Leon, the state capital community that has government and three higher ed institutions, among other assets. But Gadsden has surprises -- all good ones -- for the visitor who wants to explore nature and the benefits of lower density, country culture in Florida's most diverse community, quaint architecture indigenous to old North Florida...and the wonders of a community trying to evolve and grow smartly while solving its problems and maintaining a natural state of grace and beauty. Gadsden IS worth seeing, exploring and returning to. Abusive comments posted anonymously here are clearly by some people whose lives are too empty -- but who would surely benefit by the kind of grace found in Gadsden. So, just Visit Gadsden -- for a new, real perspective.
  • by Ummmm? Location: Gadsden County on Apr 28, 2011 at 08:29 PM
    Well here we go again! Spending money that the county definitely doesn't have! Oh wait! Probably received a grant... Oh Yeah! The country is broke! Moving on! Anybody who visits this website ( sees everything that Gadsden County has to offer at least two to three times per week. From crack to meth to robbery to murder! We have got it all in Gadsden County! So come on down so we can share the southern hospitality with you! LOL! What a joke!
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      by Ed on Apr 29, 2011 at 06:17 AM in reply to Ummmm?
      TDS money is collected via a 2% bed tax collected by the hotels and campgrounds in Gadsden County. That money, by Florida state law can only be spent on projects that bring tourism to the county. Commisioners do not have authority to spend it or waste it elseware! More tourism, more bed tax collected and more to spend on projects that bring people here. Give it a chance to make it work!
  • by Telogia Crk on Apr 28, 2011 at 06:57 PM
    Is this serious? Our county commission is to segregated for this to happen. Jackson and Leon counties have developed their interstate exits while Gadsden sits on their hands because of the unwillingness to change. Someone might not get a piece of the pie so no one gets pie.
  • by Ed Location: Quincy, FL on Apr 28, 2011 at 06:57 PM
    Gadsden County has Lake Talquin! One of the very best lakes in all of Florida. A very best place for fishing and boating. Many swim off the boats in the summer time. The also water ski, kyak and canoe. Havana is also a great place to visit. If you have never see either locations your missing some of the best places in north Florida. The TDC is trying to make you aware of what you and many are missing!
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      by DM on Apr 28, 2011 at 08:07 PM in reply to Ed
      Ed, Gadsden only has half of the lake. The only reason to go to the Gadsden side, is to stop at Whipporwill.
      • reply
        by Ed on Apr 29, 2011 at 06:31 AM in reply to DM
        That maybe but the object is to bring people here who stay overnight in the motels, campgrounds and fish camps of Gadsden county so more bed tax is collected and more people spend in all the stores and places of business in the county.
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