Located in the heart of Florida, the cities of Alachua and High Springs (Combined Santa Fe Babe Ruth) are prepared to host the first ever 2014 Boys Cal Ripken 46’ - 60’ 12U Baseball World Series and the 2014 Girls 12U Softball World Series both in the same year. Santa Fe Babe Ruth previously hosted the first ever Bambino World Series in the state of Florida in 1992, as well as the 2010 12U Softball World Series. Also, Santa Fe Babe Ruth had the opportunity to host the 2012 & 2013 12U Softball World Series.
Situated just minutes north of Gainesville, Alachua and High Springs are located just 90 minutes from Jacksonville and Orlando, and just two hours from Tallahassee and Tampa. The gulf coast is less than an hour away, and St. Augustine is just a 90 minute trip, St. Augustine is home to some of the world’s most famous beaches. St. Augustine offers visitors the opportunity to visit the oldest city in the United States and many other historic sites.
Alachua and High Springs’ central location to some of the states well-populated regions provides cross section of commerce and travel with the serene landscapes of the area’s springs and river system. Alachua has a population of 9,500 and High Springs has a population of 5,000.
Both cities offer unique experiences for visitors. Alachua, which is home to the largest Small-Town Fireworks Display in America every Fourth of July, has recreation opportunities to suit all sports enthusiasts. In addition to multiple ball fields, tennis courts, basketball courts and parks, the City of Alachua recently purchased 105 acres of property for future lacrosse fields, and additional multipurpose fields, as well as baseball and softball fields. Also, Alachua is home to the San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park. The Park encompasses over 7,000 acres where visitors will find winding bicycle and horse trails.
High Springs is home to some of the most pristine springs in the world. These springs feature crystal clear fresh water that provides visitors with the opportunity to cool off in the warm summer months. High Springs is home to multiple sports fields, courts, parks and a BMX track.
Both Alachua and High Springs are proud to be located in Alachua County, home of the University of Florida and some of the country’s most cutting-edge research and technology. Alachua and High Springs are the leaders in youth recreation in North Central Florida and proudly welcome Babe Ruth World Series once again.