Situated an hour west of Orlando, Hernando County, a.k.a. Florida’s Adventure Coast, is bordered by the Gulf of Mexico to the west and the Withlacoochee River to the east. It’s full of beautiful nature, Florida’s fascinating history and home to an emerging group of entrepreneurs in agriculture. Wherever you are on the Adventure Coast, you’ll find plenty to do and see.
1. Weeki Wachee Springs
Each day more than 117 million gallons of fresh 74-degree water bubbles up out of subterranean caverns. The spring is so deep that the bottom has never been found. 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.
2. Active Outdoors
A slow, easy, five-mile paddle on the Weeki Wachee River is an ideal day on the water. Paddling Adventures, located adjacent to the Weeki Wachee Park, will provide equipment and tips for an enjoyable ride. You’ll paddle under a shady natural canopy of cypress and oak trees while enjoying plenty of wildlife. For hiking and bird watching visit Pine Island Park, Anderson Snow Park, or Bayport Park. Those looking to get their feet off the ground will enjoy TreeUmph, a treetop obstacle with hanging bridges, Tarzan ropes, and zip lines.
3. Historic Adventures
In addition to the area’s beauty there is also history to discover. Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto discovered the region in 1539 and the county was named for him. Centuries later, during the Civil War, Confederate and Union troops fought a significant battle in Brooksville, where today the annual Brooksville Raid reenactment is held.
Three different historical venues are worth a stop to take a step back in time – The Chinsegut Hill Retreat with 168 years of history, the Brooksville 1885 Train Depot Museum, an all aboard adventure 130 years in the making, and the May Stringer Museum, one of Florida’s most haunted sites.
4. Florida Farms and Spirits
The Kegs, Casks & Corks Tour offers visitors a chance to hop around the Adventure Coast and taste local tap rooms, breweries, wineries, and distilleries that capture the area’s distinctive spirit. At Little Rock Cannery prepare fruits, vegetables, meats, and seafood to be canned at this Hernando County-operated cannery. Boyett’s Citrus Grove is a classic roadside attraction that’s 100% fresh-squeezed Florida fun. It began in 1960 as a fruit stand and has grown into an orange grove, ice cream parlor, zoo, and gift shop.
Residents of GlenLakes enjoy all that the Adventure Coast has to offer plus the myriad of amenities within the GlenLakes community including championship golf and a 35,000 square-foot clubhouse. When you are ready for adventure and a home in an immaculately maintained community, try GlenLakes on Florida’s Adventure Coast. Click here for more information.