While many parts of the country are heading inside to brave the cold winter storms, residents of Florida’s Nature Coast, are blessed with beautiful weather and an active lifestyle year round. There is a treasure trove of ways to enjoy the pristine setting for nature lovers; here is a sampling of how you can enjoy your days:

Celebrate Hippo Lu’s Birthday! – January 26

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will celebrate Lu, the hippopotamus’ 56th birthday with a birthday party. Lu is Florida’s only resident hippopotamus and has fans around the world. Visitors will be able to sing him songs and watch him eat his birthday cake as well as sample cupcakes of their own.

Kumquat Festival – January 30

Come enjoy music, food, family fun and those little gold gems of the citrus industry in Historic Downtown Dade City! There will be arts & crafts, a car show, children’s activities, a farmer’s market and live entertainment for the whole family. This is a Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event!

The Florida Bluegrass Classic – February 24-28

Five days of incredible bluegrass music and great activities for everyone. Spend the week square dancing, attending workshops, listening to live music, and much more. The entertainment includes Blue Highway, Nothin Fancy, Gary Waldrep, Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road, Sideline, Greg Bird, Wry Whiskey, & more.

Bird Walk on Pepper Creek Trail – February 27

Novice and experienced birders are invited to take a guided bird tour on Pepper Creek Trail. Leaders from Citrus County Audubon take birders on a handicapped accessible trail that winds through a hydric hammock. Don’t forget to bring binoculars!

When you live at the community of GlenLakes on the Nature Coast all of these fun activities are at your fingertips. Nestled in the heart of GlenLakes is the newest neighborhood of estate home sites. Located between the 10th, 11th and 12th fairways and sparkling Cypress Lake, each estate home site offers outstanding nature views. Click here for a GlenLakes homebuyer’s guide.