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.

While many parts of the country head inside during the cold winter months, residents of Weeki Wachee, Florida are blessed with warm weather year round. If you’re lucky enough to be spending the holiday season on the Adventure Coast, here are a few can’t miss activities:

Winter Waterland 2016
December 9-10 & 16-17

The Friends of Weeki Wachee Springs State Park are proud to present, Winter Waterland 2016. This popular annual Christmas event will be held December 9-10 & 16-17, 2016. The event is from 6 PM-10 PM each night. Admission is only $6 for adults, and $4 for kids ages 6-12. Kids five and under are FREE. Park passes are not accepted for this special event. Advanced tickets will go on-sale beginning December 3. They can only be purchased at the gate during business hours.

The event will include holiday themed shows from the World-Famous Weeki Wachee Mermaids. In addition, the event will include holiday lights, other holiday themed performances, a live nativity scene, petting zoo (extra fee), and of course, a photo opportunity with Santa Claus and his mermaid-elf helpers. A great inexpensive way to enjoy the holiday season with the family.

 Breakfast with Santa
December 13th

This is the perfect event for residents of GlenLakes to bring the family from out of town to. The grandchildren can meet the man himself, Santa Claus! This holiday filled breakfast will include an omelet station, French toast, whipped buttermilk biscuits, and many more delicious items.

Candy Cane Acres
Every Fri/Sat of December

Gather your family and friends to enjoy the holiday light display and Christmas Village at Hernando County Fairgrounds. Visit Mrs. Claus’ kitchen and decorate your own cookie, see the Parade of Trees, stop by Santa’s workshop and make a craft to take home, and cuddle up for an old Florida-style sleigh ride.

New Year’s Eve Celebration
December 31st

Residents of GlenLakes are invited to spend a special New Year Eve with your neighbors! An 8:00 p.m. reception will feature cocktails and delicious hors d’oeuvres followed by a Ballroom Dinner with many fine dining options including espresso seared sea scallop skewer, seared New Zealand lamb lollipop, Maine Lobster, roasted tenderloin and chocolate covered strawberries, ice cream and other petit deserts.

Reservations are required please call Sheila at (352) 597-9200.

The Adventure Coast is ready to spread holiday cheer this winter season! The community of GlenLakes spreads cheer all year long offering an outstanding portfolio of homes designed for easy living and gracious entertaining. Tour a model home and then choose the perfect site for your new home. 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 views. Click here for a GlenLakes homebuyer’s guide.