Here on the Adventure Coast, residents have so much to be thankful for. While others are shoveling driveways this time of year, we are vacuuming sand out of our car and feeling blessed to call such a beautiful place home. These are few things residents are thankful for:
GlenLakes on the Adventure Coast captures everything we love about the Florida lifestyle: stunning views, country club amenities, championship golf, a secure, immaculately maintained community and captivating home designs, perfect for entertaining and relaxation. It’s easy to see why residents of GlenLakes are thankful! For more information on homes in GlenLakes, click here.
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.
Halloween is creeping up! Let the ghoul times roll with this year’s local spell binding events including golf, haunted houses, and corn mazes. Park your brooms at the door and join in on the fun!
Halloween Tombstone Golf Tournament: GlenLakes presents a ghostly golf tournament October 30th with tee times between 9:30-11 a.m. The cost is $13.95 plus an additional $5 for prizes. Dig in to hot dogs on the grill at hole 1, bloody marys at hole 11, and frozen banana treats at hole 16. Prizes will be given for best-decorated tombstone and last tombstone standing!
Haunted House Fall Festival: The Hernando Museum has been certified as “haunted” countless times. On October 23rd, 24th, and 30th you can spend the evening at one of the oldest restored homes in the Hernando County area, a beautiful Victorian mansion filled with energies of a bygone era. The event will take place from 7-11 p.m. and includes a haunted house, palm reading, marshmallow roasting, and a children’s maze.
Wild and Wicked Nights: Weeki Wachee Springs State Park presents their annual Halloween festival, October 23rd-24th from 7-11 p.m. Activities include Halloween Tails from the mermaid show, Once Upon a Time stage show, Terror in the Woods, and a costume contest. Admission is $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for kids ages 6-12. Children five and under are free.
Fall Corn Maze: Sweetfeilds Farm is continuing their traditional fall corn maze October 24th – 26th, 31st, and November 1st from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event includes a uniquely designed corn maze, hayride, food, picnic area, animals and crafts. Adult tickets are $9.50 plus tax and children 3-11 are $5.00 plus tax. Children under two years old are free. While you are there find the perfect pumpkin in the patch!
Halloween Harvest Festival: The 21st annual Halloween Harvest Festival will be from 6 to 10 p.m. October 23rd and 24th at the Hernando County Fairgrounds. The event includes a haunted house, games, food and a pet parade. Contests include costume, pumpkin baked goods, biggest pumpkin and the ugliest pumpkin. Admission and parking are free.
Have a safe, fun, and most importantly fang-tastic Halloween! For more hauntingly fun times become a resident of GlenLakes. For more information about GlenLakes championship golf and monthly social events click here. Don’t be a scaredy cat!