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22 Adventures Await in 2022 on Florida’s Adventure Coast

 

Florida’s Adventure Coast, Brooksville-Weeki Wachee, a nature lover’s paradise, offers extensive outdoor recreation opportunities as well as cultural attractions and historic museums.

 

Here are 22 exciting adventures to make 2022 a memorable year.

 

1. Weeki Wachee Springs State Park

No trip to Florida’s Adventure Coast, Brooksville-Weeki Wachee would be complete without a trip to one of the most iconic attractions in Florida. Home to the world-famous Weeki Wachee Mermaids, Weeki Wachee Springs State Park has something for all ages. Weeki Wachee is an enchanted spring where you can see live mermaids, take a trip on a river boat cruise, learn about Florida wildlife, and swim in the pristine waters at Buccaneer Bay. 2022 will bring the 75th anniversary of the opening of the famed attraction, with must see celebrations coming in 2022.

 

Mermaid Kiyomi

Mermaid Kiyomi

 

2. Lead Foot City

Florida’s Adventure Coast’s newest attraction is Lead Foot City. A short drive north of Tampa, Lead Foot City is the destination for all things automotive. Thrilling car enthusiasts with monthly super swaps and car shows, a burn-out pad, drift carts, and more, Lead Foot City is the site for outdoor special events featuring vendors, demonstrations, classic cars, and top-rated entertainment, all with an automotive theme.

 

Burnout pad at Lead Foot City

Burnout pad at Lead Foot City

 

3. World Woods Golf Club

World Woods Golf Club Featuring two courses designed by the legendary Tom Fazio, World Woods is Florida’s only five-star public golf club. Pine Barrens, named for the many trees that line it, is a visually stunning blend of native terrain and golf course design. Rolling Oaks, offers an entirely different experience, with rolling fairways and undulating greens. These two world-class championship golf courses are accompanied by the finest practice facility in the world, creating an unforgettable adventure for golfers of all skill levels.

 

 

World Woods Golf Course

 

4. NJoy Spirits Distillery

NJoy Spirits Distillery is a family operated Florida craft spirits distiller in the heart of Florida’s Adventure Coast, Brooksville-Weeki Wachee. Located deep within the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Preserve on an 80-acre farm, they grow their own Sugar Cane for their award-winning Mermaid Rum and Rye Grain for the award-winning Wild Buck Whiskey. In addition to crafting their spirits, Njoy Spirits offers an event venue for those looking to marry or celebrate in one of the most beautiful spots on Florida’s Adventure Coast.

 

 

Njoy Spirits Distillery

 

 

5. May-Stringer House

The May-Stringer House is a four story, seven gable, gingerbread trim, 14 room “Painted Lady” Victorian-era home overlooking the City of Brooksville. The Hernando Historical Museum Association has created exhibit rooms with a Victorian look, with rooms devoted to specific themes such as an Elegant Dining Room, Victorian Bedrooms, Military Room, an 1880’s Doctor’s Office, and a 1900s Communication Room. The house is on the National Register of Historic Places. Most notably, it is also known as one of the top five haunted locations in Florida, offering special Ghost Tours during weekend evenings.

 

 

May-Stringer House

 

 

6. Withlacoochee State Forest

Named as one of the “10 Coolest Places You’ve Never Been in North America,” by the World Wildlife Fund, the Withlacoochee State Forest is the third largest state forest in Florida. A haven for the outdoor enthusiast, you’ll discover miles of trails for hiking, bicycling, birdwatching, horseback riding and paddling. Seasonal hunting is available in most of the forest, and fishing is plentiful on the Withlacoochee’s many lakes and waterways. Several campgrounds are available, with both developed and primitive campsites. The forest also has group camps for organized youth group excursions.

 

 

Withlacoochee State Forest

 

 

7. Kayaking

The Bayport-Linda Pedersen paddling trail, provides a paddle with varying degrees of challenge, depending on whether you paddle with or against the tide. Spanning the 1.7 miles between two waterfront Parks, choose a one-way paddle with the tide for an easier journey or paddle round-tip for 3.4 miles. Advanced paddlers will enjoy extending their trip to nearly 5 miles by exploring Redfish Bayou trail. Both County Parks offer parking, restrooms and picnic areas to enjoy before or after your journey. Find all of our local outfitters by visiting our Paddling page.

 

 

Paddle the coastal waterways

 

 

8. Boyett’s Grove Citrus Attraction

What began as a fruit and citrus stand in the 1960s, Boyette’s Grove and Citrus Attraction has evolved into a classic roadside attraction on Florida’s Adventure Coast, Brooksville-Weeki Wachee. Upon entering, you find yourself in a true old-Floridana-style gift shop, filled with an assortment of kitschy souvenirs including shark teeth, dinosaur fossils, shell mobiles and the nostalgic orange-blossom perfume. Boyette’s Grove and Citrus Attraction has added a mini-zoo, dinosaur cave where kids can pan for gold, a 3-D art gallery, and an 18-hole indoor mini-golf course. Visitors can also cool off with up to 24 flavors in Boyett’s old-fashioned ice-cream parlor.

 

Camel at Boyette’s Grove

 

 

9. FLG X Adventure Course

Climb rope walls. Swing through trees. Cross wobbly bridges and zoom down zip lines in between. Safely harnessed the whole way, gain a treetop perspective at FLG X Adventure Course. FLG X features four courses nestled among lush forest. Each course contains approximately 10 – 17 obstacles and zip lines. Over 75 total throughout the park, treetop elements include cargo nets, rope swings, zip lines, bridges, ladders, and tunnels. Younger adventurers will enjoy the Ninja Course; an exciting mix of ground-based obstacles.

 

FLG X Adventure Course

 

 

10. Chinsegut Hill Historic Site

Built in 1845, the Chinsegut Hill Historic Site is a stately two-story manor house poised atop one of central Florida’s highest hilltops. The centerpiece of a 114-acre estate surrounded by ancient Spanish moss-draped oaks and natural habitat the historic Manor House Museum is operated by the Tampa Bay History Museum and is open to the public for tours on weekends. On the National Register of Historic Places, the Chinsegut Hill Museum, located in Hernando County, is brimming with artifacts and rich history. During the 1920s and 1930s, when owned by Colonel & Elizabeth Robins, the manor hosted such guests as Thomas Edison, Helen Keller, and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, among others.

 

Chinsegut Hill Manor House

 

11. Sparacia Witherell Family Winery and Vineyard

Sparacia Witherell Family Winery & Vineyards is located on Florida’s Adventure Coast, Brooksville-Weeki Wachee, in the historic city of Brooksville, Florida. The winery and vineyards are located on one of the highest elevations in the State of Florida at 275 feet above sea level. Visitors can enjoy the sultry breezes off the Gulf of Mexico, where they grow native Muscadine and Hybrid varieties of wine grapes.

 

Sparacia Witherell Family Winery & Vineyards

 

12. 1885 Brooksville Train Depot

The 1885 Train Depot has been a part of Brooksville’s history since it was built in 1885. As part of the Rails to Trails program, the old railroad track bed has been transformed into the Good Neighbor Trail, running parallel to the Depot. The 1885 Train Depot Museum is made up of four part: the office, freight room, dock, and box car. Visitors will learn about the history of Hernando County starting with the Seminole Indian Wars through to early settlements, and the building of the Depot.

 

1885 Historic Train Depot

 

13. Chinsegut Wildlife and Environmental Center

At the Chinsegut Wildlife and Environmental Center, visitors can enjoy educational programs and guided hikes offered throughout the year, as well as seasonal outdoor skills programs for all ages. Learn all about Florida’s environments and wildlife, or simply enjoy a hike on over five miles of trails accessible from the center. This location is also home to bat houses, hosting a 2000-member colony of native Brazilian free-tailed bats that emerge just after sunset. You can witness this amazing ritual nearly any evening or attend special events hosted by the center for bat watching and night hikes.

 

Chinsegut Wildlife Area

 

Florida Mermaid Trail

On the Florida Mermaid Trail, there are 21 of the beauties hidden about the city. Locating them all is a fun and scavenger hunt! Pick up your map at the Brooksville Welcome Center at 205 E. Ft. Dade Avenue or download a copy from the website and begin your search. Choose the 2.2-mile adventure of the purple route to find them all, or if you’re short on time, try out the 1.1-mile shorter route. Either way, you’ll enjoy the sites of beautiful, historic Brooksville as you wander over brick-paved streets, past charming shops, and delightful cafes.

 

Mermaid Trail

 

 

14. Marker 48

Marker 48 Brewing is a full production brewery located in Hernando County on Cortez Blvd (HWY 50) in Weeki Wachee, Florida. Featuring a 6,000 square foot tasting room, large outdoor beer garden with entertainment and games, and rotating guest food trucks on site. With over 25 taps of award-winning beer, plus cider and sangria all hand-crafted on location, there is something for everyone! Community focused, Marker 48 features local wines as well. A family friendly destination, children, and well-behaved pets are always welcome.

 

Marker 48

 

 

15. Sunset at Pine Island Park

Alfred McKethan/Pine Island Park on the Gulf of Mexico is surrounded on three sides by water where sea grasses, fish and crabs enjoy the salt marsh and estuary. The white sand is a delight to feel between your toes, build a castle, or just sit and relax awhile. . Public restrooms are available and there are picnic tables and barbeque grills. A sandy volleyball court and amazing nautical-themed children’s playground are available. The observation deck offers both views of dolphins at play and stunning sunsets worthy of the trip.

 

Sunset at Pine Island

 

 

16. U-Pick Farms

JG Ranch is a great place to spend a few hours a day with the entire family, or just you and your loved one. You can browse a variety of fresh produce, vegetables, and honey. Purchase from their pre-picked offerings or enjoy picking the berries and produce yourself. With spacious fields, plenty of juicy, ripe berries, and even friendly farm animals for petting and feeding, everyone will enjoy the fun!

 

Strawberry picking at JG Ranch

 

Masaryktown Winery and Upicktopia is a blueberry, blackberry, strawberry, and u-pick farm with over 56 acres of land to grow delicious fruits and vegetables. They started in 1996 as a commercial blueberry farm but have morphed into a u-pick operation featuring berries and vegetables. You’ll also find their tasting room and bottled wines, hand-crafted on site.
Blueberry season begins in the spring, just in time for the Blueberry Festival which returns in 2022.

 

Blueberry picking at Masaryktown Winery

 

 

17. Frazier Farms

Your chance to taste the sweetest corn on the cob at Frazier Farms on Florida’s Adventure Coast, Brooksville-Weeki Wachee arrives just in time for Memorial Day Weekend. Since the early 70’s, ‘Frazier Corn’ has been an iconic brand with the juiciest and plumpest ears of yellow, white, and bicolor sweet corn. Visit them for corn as well as other fresh produce, their own private label jams, jellies, and salsas.

 

Frazier Farms

 

 

18. Mazes

HarvestMoon Fun Farm opened in 2013. It’s a place where families can put all the hustle bustle to the side and visit the farm to create memories to last a lifetime. Whether you are a veteran maze walker or first-timer, they invite you to come and be part of the fun. Kids will enjoy the many additional activities, including a barnyard playground petting farm and pumpkin patch, along with season entertainment.

 

HarvestMoon Fun Farm

 

 

Sweetfields Farm grows farm fresh flowers and veggies using organic approved methods. Their signature events are the spring sunflower maze and fall corn maze.

 

 

Sweetfields Farm

 

 

19. Hiking the Environmentally Sensitive Lands of Hernando County

There are three preserves that make up the Environmentally Sensitive Lands Program on Florida’s Adventure Coast. Cypress Lakes Preserve boasts 331 acres, including 1.5 miles of the Florida Trail, which runs from the Everglades to the Panhandle. Fickett Hammock Preserve at 155 acres is the most popular of the preserves. This Park allows leashed pets. Lastly, Lake Townsen Preserve at 375 pristine acres is bounded by the Withlacoochee State Forest to the north and the Withlacoochee River on the east making it ideal of wildlife viewing and bird watching. The preserve offers hiking, jogging, biking and horseback riding trails in a densely wooded area, as well as access to the Withlacoochee State Trail. Here you can observe the river, cypress swamp, and fish life. The park also provides access to the for walking, bicycling, skating and horseback riding.

 

 

Dog walking in Fickett Hammock

 

 

20. Tidal Brewing

A locally owned craft brewery in the heart of Spring Hill, Tidal Brewing crafts some of the tastiest beer around, “for the beach bum and the sunny day.” Inspired by Florida’s laid-back lifestyle, Tidal specializes in limited, small-batch brews with exciting flavor profiles that change with the seasons. Inspired by their science backgrounds and loved of the great outdoors, Tidal Brewing has collaborated with Hernando County’s Environmentally Sensitive Lands (ESL) to educate the community on our preserves, parks, and natural resources through “Tide for a Cause.”

 

 

Tidal Brewing

 

 

21. The Olive Grove

The Olive Grove Is an organic olive orchard, located in Brooksville. With over 300 trees and 9 varieties of olives, the Olive Grove is also a nursery and sells olives trees and fresh grown herbs and spices. When not tending the olives, they offer special events, concerts, and classes on working with olives.

 

 

Olives at the Olive Grove

 

 

22. Scalloping on Florida’s Adventure Coast

Summer on Florida’s Adventure Coast, Brooksville-Weeki Wachee means spending time on the water. Cruise, cast, paddle, and dive into the warm, clear Gulf of Mexico. Eagerly anticipated, Florida’s annual bay scallop harvest season is from July 1 through September 24. Florida’s Adventure Coast is open for the full season and is an easy drive from anywhere within the central Florida. Our You-Hook, We Cook restaurants will be happy to prepare your catch with all the fixings.

 

 

Scalloping on Hernando Beach

 

 

 

 

 

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