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. For nature loves, the coastal region is the perfect home, and GlenLakes literally “Borders on the Wild.” Here are 5 things to go wild about when living at GlenLakes.

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 GlenLakes on three sides and trail heads are accessible from within this gated neighborhood.

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 every year 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. If you really want to make an experience your family won’t forget, take the 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. On land, Crystal River is an archaeological site, it also houses Native American burial grounds. You can feel the emotion as you tour over the grounds where the ceremonies would take place.

Cedar Key
Just north of GlenLakes, 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. The people smile and wave and the police drive spiffed-up golf carts. Sound like it might be your cup of sunshine.

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.

On the other side of the glass, the mermaids, with their glimmering tails and flowing hair swim through the cool, blue water. They perform with grace, moving effortlessly. The Weeki Wachee Florida mermaid show started in 1947. Former U.S. Navy sailor Newton Perry came a year earlier to the springs where he experimented with breathing through an air hose supplied by an air compressor while under water. He soon perfected “hose breathing” and built an under water theater in the spring.

Perry scouted girls with strong swimming skills and trained them to perform underwater, including dancing, eating and drinking, and avoiding the occasional alligator. Girls came from around the world to audition. Today the show wows more than 250,000 visitors each year, a popular choice for the residents of nearby GlenLakes with visiting grandchildren and family members.

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.

These mesmerizing maidens perform their take on Disney films in a 30-minute show three times a day.. An obvious choice and fan favorite is the “The Little Mermaid.” It had such a successful run that is has returned this year. Another favorite was “Pocahontas Meets The Little Mermaid.” After every show, families line up to pose with the mystical ladies.

There’s no need to be a “poor unfortunate soul” for missing out on the famous Weeki Wachee mermaids. Better yet, make the move to GlenLakes, and you might just become friends with a world-famous mermaid.

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Are you looking at Florida communities and wondering which one to choose? Areas on the Gulf Coast should be at the top of your list! Weeki Wachee is on the state’s west coast and offers cultural diversity along with a variety of activities to fit your Florida retirement lifestyle. The GlenLakes community in Weeki Wachee, has become popular with baby boomers, and it’s easy to see why. Below are five reasons why you should take advantage of what the Florida Gulf Coast has to offer.

Range of Cultural Offerings
While the perception of Florida is that there is not much more to it than the beach, Weeki Wachee, and surrounding areas, are considered one of the exceptions. The Tampa Bay area has a number of cultural offerings including an opera, a variety of art galleries along with historic landmarks and an aquarium. John Ringling of the Ringling Bros lived nearby, in Sarasota, and provided the city with its own permanent circus. There is also the Ringling Museum of Art run by the Ringling Estate. Along with all of that, GlenLakes is a short drive from numerous restaurants nearby and places for shopping.

Mild Weather
Florida’s winter temperatures rarely ever fall below 60 degrees and you are likely to get at least 250 sunny days per year. It is true that the state is known for being warm and humid in the summer, but Florida’s summer temperatures are not much higher than those in most places further north. In addition, it is important to note that summertime humidity in coastal areas like Weeki Wachee is considerably lower than it is in inland central Florida communities like Gainesville.

More Value
Where To Retire Magazine consistently names GlenLakes “One of the Best Places to Retire.” In addition, Ideal-Living magazine calls us a “Top 50 Community.” Florida has no state income tax along with relatively low property taxes and energy costs. Paired with GlenLakes low cost membership and golf play and the size of the homesites, results in GlenLakes being an affordable place to live.

There are Multiple World-Renowned Beaches Nearby
Sarasota’s Siesta Key is considered to have some of the best beaches in the country.  In fact, the Travel Channel has recognized Crescent Beach on Siesta as the best sand beach in the country. The quality of its sand is 99 percent pure quartz. These are not the only beaches close by; your other options include Turtle and Venice Beaches, along with the Anna Maria Island beaches in Bradenton. All of them are free and open to the public.

Excellent Housing Options
Wondering where to retire in Florida? Nature lovers, fitness aficionados, golfers and those who love an action-packed social life—GlenLakes is it! Adjoining the 85,000-acre Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge, which borders the Gulf of Mexico, GlenLakes captures everything you love about the Florida lifestyle: stunning views, championship golf, country club amenities, a secure, immaculately maintained community and captivating home designs, perfect for entertaining and relaxation.

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