It turns out Hernando County is branded as the Nature Coast (and the Adventure Coast) for a reason.

Outdoor enthusiast Michael McCarthy was canoeing near the Weeki Wachee River on Wednesday when a young dolphin took an interest in him.

“He spent almost an hour swimming around the canoe playfully while mom was hunting nearby,” wrote McCarthy in an email.

According to McCarthy, who’s connected with See Through Canoes in Hillsborough County, the dolphin-mom checked out his watercraft carefully before letting her calf investigate the vessel for itself.
Excited Dolphin Calf Captivated by the See Through Canoe

These types of encounters happen every day on Florida’s Adventure Coast. Here are a few more locations to experience Florida’s unique wildlife.

Weeki Wachee Springs
12 miles from the Gulf of Mexico the Weeki Wachee River traverses to the springs. Every year thousands flock to this picturesque destination to catch a glimpse of the legendary mermaids of Weeki Wachee. For those who want to get out on the water, canoeing and kayaking are permitted. When the family visits, Weeki Wachee Springs State Park is also home to Florida’s only spring fed waterpark, Buccaneer Bay.

Homosassa Springs
Tour this beautiful park and enjoy all the wildlife surrounding you. A variety of Florida natives might cross your path: black bears, bobcats, white-tailed deer, alligators and river otters! Take the grandchildren to the education center and let their minds discover the hands on experience of Florida’s environment. You can also arrive by boat, dock at the visitor center and pack a picnic!

Crystal River
Spring is scalloping season in Crystal River. Take a cruise out on the Gulf of Mexico where the scenery is beautiful and the scallops are plentiful. Upon your return, take a swim with the manatees. Citrus County is the only place in America that you can legally enter the water with these gentle giants. On land, Crystal River is an archaeological site, it also houses Native American burial grounds.

Cedar Key
The tiny enclave of Cedar Key is a quaint, old-fashioned, old Florida vacation spot – one that offers lovely beaches, productive fishing opportunities and lush natural preserves. It’s a place that’s short on traffic lights and long on relaxation. It’s easy to find a tasty clam chowder and a cold brew.

Every day brings a new adventure and an appreciation for Florida’s beautiful natural scenery, and GlenLakes is in the heart of it all. Wake up each day enjoying your cup of coffee and take note of your natural neighbors. At GlenLakes, life truly borders on the wild. To explore our scenic location, please click here to view our interaction map.