The Nature Coast is full of natural springs, lakes, rivers, the Gulf of Mexico, thousands of acres of nature preserve, — and plenty of other year-round opportunities where outdoor enthusiasts can hike and explore. Check out these five day trips where the fun remains wild and natural:

 

Weeki Wachee Springs

Each day more than 117 million gallons of fresh 74-degree water bubbles up out of subterranean caverns. From the springs, the Weeki Wachee River flows over 12 miles to the Gulf of Mexico. The translucent water and shallow sandy bottom of the river create a dazzling experience. Visitors can take a riverboat cruise, watch an underwater mermaid show, and check out Buccaneer Bay, Florida’s only spring fed water park.

 

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

Visitors can see West Indian manatees every day of the year from the park’s underwater observatory in the main spring and visit with black bears, bobcats, white-tailed deer, American alligators, American crocodiles, and river otters. Recreational opportunities include picnicking, nature study, and bird watching.

 

Homosassa Butterfly

Flutter over to Homosassa Butterfly, the largest butterfly attraction and educational facility on the Nature Coast. Stroll through the natural butterfly habitat filled with hundreds of colorful winged wonders feeding on flowering nectar plants while hearing the peaceful sounds of nature.

 

Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge

The Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge encompasses over 31,000 acres of saltwater bays, estuaries and brackish marshes at the mouth of the Chassahowitzka River. Perfect of bird watching, the park is home to over 250 species of birds as well as 50 species of reptiles and amphibians and at least 25 different species of mammals including the endangered West Indian Manatee.

 

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. On land, Crystal River is an archaeological site that houses Native American burial grounds.

 

GlenLakes

Every day brings a new adventure and an appreciation for Florida’s ecosystem, and GlenLakes is in located the heart of it all. Wake up each day enjoying your cup of coffee and take note of your natural neighbors. Adjoining the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge, which borders the Gulf of Mexico, GlenLakes literally borders on wild. Nature lovers, fitness aficionados, golfers and those who love an action-packed social life—GlenLakes is it! 

 

To explore our scenic location, please click here to view our interaction map.

 

Fourth of July is just around the corner!  Get in the spirit with this year’s events that are jam-packed with red, white and blue fun and right around the corner.  We have everything from mind-blowing firework shows to patriotic picnics, so gather your family and friends and join in on the fun!

 

Independence Day Patriotic Picnic On The Water: This (free) event is located at Craig Park in Tarpon Springs and includes live entertainment, games, prizes, paddleboat rides, a water slide, food, drinks and multiple contests to choose from. Fireworks will even be set off from Sunset Beach. Snag a seat at nearby Fred Howard Park Beach, where the parking fee has been waived for the day, for the best viewing.

 

All Day Celebration at GlenLakes:  The residents of GlenLakes definitely have the best views, especially this time of year. Golf tournament, backyard BBQ party complete with all the fixin’s and fireworks will all be happening on Monday, July 3rd.  This is a celebration you won’t want to miss. For reservations, visit GlenLakes.com or call 597-9200.

 

July 4th at the Florida Aquarium Firework Cruise: The boat will depart from the Aquarium at 7:30 p.m. for a sunset cruise around the Bay and then returns to the Channel for the most spectacular views of the fireworks. The cruise includes one drink ticket and hors d’oeuvres. Additional drinks will be available for purchase. Aquarium general admission is included in Fireworks Cruise ticket rate.

 

Firework Show Aboard The American Victory Ship: The American Victory Ship offers “the best view in Tampa.”  On top of an amazing firework display, this year’s Family Fun Fest features musical entertainment, a Kid’s Zone and plenty of food trucks to choose from. Where else can you celebrate our country aboard a real-life World Work II victory ship? Click here for more information.

 

Whether you are picnicking on the beach or watching fireworks with the dolphins, the residents of GlenLakes are not far from it all.  Want to stay in for the long weekend?  Enjoy a tasty meal at the GlenLakes Grill Room or gather a few friends for a cocktail at the clubhouse bar and lounge to celebrate.

 

GlenLakes is the perfect place for venturing out or not leaving your backyard.   With country club amenities and a relaxed, yet active atmosphere, residents always have something new to explore. Click here to see what GlenLakes has to offer.

 

The trees, shrubs and plants outside your home might offer something more than just pretty scenery. A new study found that living in, or near, green areas can help you live longer and improve your mental health.

Researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital examined more than 108,000 women enrolled in the Nurse’s Health Study — a nationwide investigation into risk factors for major chronic diseases in women — from 2000 to 2008.

They compared risk of death with the amount of plant life and vegetation near the women’s homes and found that women living in the greenest areas had a 12% lower death rate than women living in the least green areas. The study suggests that several factors might play a role in reducing the death rate, including improved mental health, which was measured through levels of depression and estimated to explain 30% of the benefit from living in greener areas. Increased opportunities for social engagement, increased physical activity and lower exposure to air pollution may also play important roles, according to the study. Click here for the full story.

Everyone knows that Weeki Wachee is no stranger to natural wonders, and at GlenLakes, you get to enjoy all the beauty Weeki Wachee has to offer right in your own backyard. Our area’s 11,206-acre preserve is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to exploring this nature lover’s paradise. The preserve is of the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s many protected lands and one of Hernando County’s prime recreation spots. It lies just south of the Weeki Wachee River.

The Weeki Wachee preserve is open daily from sunrise to sunset, so you can use the natural habitat however you desire. The preserve is a go-to spot for GlenLakes residents and a great place for locals to stay fit, or simply relax among the scenic views. At GlenLakes we encourage a love for natural living and with nature all around in Weeki Wachee, you’ll discover the natural curiosity within you.

Choosing your Florida dream home is easier than ever.  Ranging from 1,620 to more than 3,000 square feet of air conditioned space, every home is filled with features that wow: volume and tray ceilings, ceramic tile, spectacular island kitchens with granite and designer finishes throughout the home.  Starting from the low $200s, GlenLakes homes offer beautiful views of the golf course, lake and much more. To learn more about the GlenLakes lifestyle and everything it has to offer, visit www.glenlakes.com.

While many parts of the country are still experiencing the cold, rain and even snow, residents of the Nature Coast in Florida are blessed with the warmth of sunshine and outside fun year round. Don’t miss these upcoming outdoor events:

Weeki Wachee Egg Hunt
The annual egg hunt at Buccaneer Bay continues this year on Saturday, April 15 from 11am-2pm. Bring the kids and grandkids to celebrate Easter in true Florida style- finding eggs in the natural springs. Don’t forget an Easter egg basket and swim suit! The event is included in the price of admission.

Old Florida Celebration Of The Arts Festival
Historic Cedar Key, ranked among the coolest small towns in the United States, is the place to be April 8-9! The 53rd annual arts festival is a juried art show featuring more than 100 unique artists representing all media- oils, acrylics, ceramics, jewelry-making, photography, sculpture and origami. The festival features children`s art activities, live music, and food vendors serving up culinary delights from fresh local clams to crab cakes, refreshing lemonade and desserts ranging from smoothies to unique key lime cones.

Suncoast Boat Show 2017
The 35th annual Suncoast Boat Show takes place in downtown Sarasota on April 21-23, 2017, at Marina Jack’s, #2 Marina Plaza, in Sarasota,. Enjoy the great outdoors while pricing and comparing hundreds of boats from the Gulfcoast’s leading boat dealers. See various types and styles all in one place.  Cruisers, Runabouts, Bowriders, Sportfishers, Center Consoles, Motor Yachts, Inflatables and more. Shop tents full of electronics, accessories, jewelry, art and clothing all in a festive atmosphere with food, drinks, music and much more. Plenty of downtown parking. There is no better time than right now for a new boat!

6th Annual Florida Blueberry Festival
Visit the historic downtown streets of Brooksville to enjoy Fresh Florida Blueberries, Fresh Blueberry Pies, and Tasty Festival Fare on April 22-23. Have a glass of Blueberry Wine at the Island Grove Wine Café. Meander through the art exhibits and listen to entertainment by tribute bands along with an array of other talented musical and entertainment acts.

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.

If you thought mermaids were just the lively imaginings of lonely sailors, think again — and come to Weeki Wachee Springs, the City of Live Mermaids, on the Gulf Coast of Florida.

Weeki Wachee is more than just a mark on a road map. It is home to natural springs, lakes, the Weeki Wachee River, the Gulf of Mexico and thousands of acres of nature preserve provide a pristine habitat for wildlife, flora and fauna—and year-round opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. It also has bragging rights housing the 85,000-acre Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge. This adjoins GlenLakes Country Club where nature lovers, fitness aficionados, golfers and those who love an action-packed social life call home.

Weeki Wachee is an enchanted spring — the only one of its kind in the world — and one of Florida’s oldest and most unique roadside attractions. For almost 60 years, the fun, family oriented park has lured in visitors with beautiful mermaids who swim in the cool, clear spring waters. Weeki Wachee Springs is a magical entrance into a mysterious blue underwater world of mermaids, manatees, turtles and bubbles. Sitting in the Mermaid Theater, visitors feel like they are inside the flowing spring, and are transported back to simpler times, before super theme parks and super highways appeared. So come to Weeki Wachee Springs and see a splendid side of Florida lore, where dreams really do come true.

Although Weeki Wachee has long been known as the home of the mermaids, this pristine natural area on the Florida Gulf Coast has become home to many nature lovers who have discovered the beautiful natural surroundings. Crystal clear springs draw visitors from around the globe for kayaking, hiking and swimming with the gentle manatee.

The Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge surrounds the gated golf community of GlenLakes, providing immediate access to secluded trails that lead to pristine beaches that are protected in perpetuity. Bird watching, boating and a variety of eco-tours create an enviable address for homeowners seeking a slice of Florida paradise that will remain in its natural state.

For more information on entertainment in the GlenLakes’ area click here to preview the interactive map.

Natural springs, lakes, rivers, the Gulf of Mexico and thousands of acres of nature preserve provide a pristine habitat for wildlife, flora and fauna—and year-round opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. Here are 5 things to go wild about on the Nature Coast.

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.

Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge
The Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge encompasses over 31,000 acres of saltwater bays, estuaries and brackish marshes at the mouth of the Chassahowitzka River. Home to over 250 species of birds, 50 species of reptiles and amphibians and at least 25 different species of mammals including the endangered West Indian Manatee. The preserve surrounds the GlenLakes community on three sides and trail heads are accessible from within the gated neighborhood.

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.

 

With innovations enhancing the game of golf, plus the PGA Tour’s thrilling rivalries as the sun sets on the Tiger Era- Golf is hotter, healthier and better than ever. So let us count the ways!

  1. FITTED IRONS ARE A GAME-CHANGER

Fitters say the reason a lot of people hit it sideways is because they haven’t been custom-fit. Trying to figure out the swing with clubs whose length, weight, lie angle, shaft flex or grip size don’t match the body encourages players to make unnatural compensations that prevent them from developing proper mechanics.

  1. THE BENEFITS OF TECHNOLOGY

Many golf courses such as GlenLakes on the Nature Coast offer online tee time booking. Members can see what is available without having to talk to a person on the phone especially when the course is busy. There are also more golf apps than ever before such as thegrint.com to log scores, track your handicap, and even receive a revised index twice monthly.

  1. THE NUMBERS DON’T LIE

Stats gurus have made it easier for Tour pros and average Joes to shoot better scores. Consider: 18-handicappers leave 16 percent of their 10-foot putts below the hole, while Tour pros leave only 7 percent short from that distance. Improving your distance control on putts is a great way to lower your score.

  1. CAN’T READ GREENS? AT LEAST YOU CAN READ BOOKS!

Some great new golf titles including Lucky Boy, the coming-of-age golf novel by Cameron Morfit hit the shelves this year. Claudia Mazzucco tees off with Legendary Lessons, and the USGA’s Official Illustrated Guide to the Rules of Golf offers a new vision of the game.

  1. AFFORDABLE MEMBERSHIP

GlenLakes Golf Membership offers the privileges of a private club—without the typical private club price tag. Members enjoy unlimited tee times as well as the opportunity to play in tournaments and enjoy special events. Membership initiation fees are waived when you purchase a home through the GlenLakes realty office.

The 18-hole, 6,782 yard championship course is the crown jewel of GlenLakes. It’s challenging, beautiful and impeccably maintained. Mature stands of oak and pine, water features, undulating hills and sand traps provide endless variations of play. Complementing the course is an Aqua driving range. After every game enjoy camaraderie at “The 19th Hole”, the main bar & lounge at the clubhouse. For more information, click here.

Original Article.

The Nature Coast is a place where cute critters aren’t animated or mechanical, but are the real thing. A place where outdoor enthusiasts can hike and play among natural springs, rivers, and thousands of acres of nature preserve. Check out these five day trips where the fun remains wild and natural.

Weeki Wachee Springs

Each day more than 117 million gallons of fresh 74-degree water bubbles up out of subterranean caverns. From the springs, the Weeki Wachee River flows over 12 miles to the Gulf of Mexico. The translucent water and shallow sandy bottom of the river create a dazzling experience. Visitors can take a riverboat cruise, watch an underwater mermaid show, and check out Buccaneer Bay, Florida’s only spring fed water park.

Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge

The Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge encompasses over 31,000 acres of saltwater bays, estuaries and brackish marshes at the mouth of the Chassahowitzka River. Perfect of bird watching, the park is home to over 250 species of birds as well as 50 species of reptiles and amphibians and at least 25 different species of mammals including the endangered West Indian Manatee.

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. On land, Crystal River is an archaeological site that houses Native American burial grounds.

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

Visitors can see West Indian manatees every day of the year from the park’s underwater observatory in the main spring and visit with black bears, bobcats, white-tailed deer, American alligators, American crocodiles, and river otters. Recreational opportunities include picnicking, nature study, and bird watching.

Homosassa Butterfly

Flutter over to Homosassa Butterfly, the largest butterfly attraction and educational facility on the Nature Coast. Stroll through the natural butterfly habitat filled with hundreds of colorful winged wonders feeding on flowering nectar plants while hearing the peaceful sounds of nature.

Every day brings a new adventure and an appreciation for Florida’s ecosystem, 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. Adjoining the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge, which borders the Gulf of Mexico, GlenLakes literally borders on wild. Nature lovers, fitness aficionados, golfers and those who love an action-packed social life—GlenLakes is it! To explore our scenic location, please click here to view our interaction map.

As Florida’s strawberry harvest winds down, the packinghouses turn their attention to homegrown blueberries. And like the strawberry harvest, the berry growers of West Central Florida hate to miss an opportunity for a party as the harvest celebrations shift from Plant City to Brooksville. Here are a few fun facts about the Florida Blueberry Festival April 16-17 in Brooksville’s downtown square:

  1. You may not think of Florida as blueberry country, but the state is now eighth in the nation in blueberry production. Brooksville is the center of 15 Florida counties that grow blueberries and all are participating in the festival.
  2. The festival offers more than just blueberries. There is something for everyone with over 20 food concessionaires, the Fresh from Florida Market featuring Florida grown blueberries and produce, a car show, street entertainers, 85 artisans in a juried show and 120 retail exhibitors. There is also beer gardens, wine bars, magic shows, dog shows and stilt walkers.
  3. During the week leading up to the festival, artists from across the Tampa Bay area will converge on Brooksville to paint scenes reflecting the natural beauty of Hernando County, somewhat akin to a “Day in the Life” project, only with a paintbrush instead of cameras.
  4. Even without the blueberry, Brooksville/Hernando County is the center of one of Florida’s greatest unspoiled natural regions. Nearby is the Withlacoochee State Forest, named by the World Wildlife Fund as one of the “10 Coolest Places in North America You’ve Never Seen.” The forest is home to what many argue is Florida’s prettiest river for kayaking and canoes, the Withlacoochee River and what may be its best paved bike trail, the 46-mile Withlacoochee Bike Trail.

Lucky for residents of GlenLakes in Hernando County the blueberry festival is a short drive away. GlenLakes homes are designed for easy living and gracious entertaining. Nestled in the heart of the community 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 and plenty of room for a beautiful home. For more information on living the Florida lifestyle at GlenLakes, click here.

Hailing from Sora, Italy, three young brothers opened the doors to Condrain in Toronto circa 1954. Condrain is one of the development companies building GlenLakes in Weeki Wachee, Florida. Now celebrating over 60 years in business, Condrain has become one of the largest and most successful infrastructure construction companies in North America. Check out these impressive numbers:

  • Condrain installs over 120,000 m of sewers and water mains in any given year. That’s the same distance from Toronto to Niagara Falls.
  • Condrain services over 12,000 residential lots per year. That’s equivalent to a new city the size of Aurora, Ontario every other year!
  • Condrain provides water to new communities through its pipelines to the tune of over one billion liters of water per year!
  • Over its 60 plus years in business, Condrain has laid enough pipe to take you to the center of the Earth.
  • Condrain is part owner of GlenLakes on the Nature Coast bringing their quality and expertise to the community.

Condrain has always been about infrastructure, and delivering it in a form that’s efficient, timely and incredibly reliable, exceeding industry quality standards. The company and its divisions now deliver a 360-degree development process including the community of GlenLakes.

Among other trusted developers, Condrain sets the stage for GlenLakes’ outstanding portfolio of homes. For those seeking a new address in Florida, GlenLakes might just fit the bill. GlenLakes captures everything to love about the Florida lifestyle: championship golf, country club amenities, a secure, immaculately maintained community and of course beautiful homes. For more information on a home in this private gated community, click here.