People love having family in Florida, especially in winter! And no time is more perfect than the holiday season for multi-generational gatherings.
Arrival means excited hugs mixed with airport or highway travel stories and surprise at how much everyone has grown and changed.
After delightful meals and conversational catch-up, guests eventually look to their Florida host expectantly with some version of “What now?”
Whether your visitors are drawn by the lure of adventure or seek a natural place to decompress, Florida’s Adventure Coast has you, their Florida host, covered. Consider these easy crowd pleasers sure to deliver happy memories.
From little girls to former little girls and all who love them, Weeki Wachee Mermaids welcome you to their sparkling underwater world. Visit this vintage Florida attraction to see daily performances or enjoy seasonal fun when Weeki Wachee Springs State Park transforms to Winter Waterland.
Leave the Park behind and pile into the car for a short driving tour. The eight mile trip from Weeki Wachee Springs State Park northwest to Pine Island Beach borders the vast Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area on the right. Watch the wooded roadside for wildlife such as bald eagle, deer, wild pigs, Osceola wild turkey and more.
Emerge from the trees to a revelation as the expansive salt marsh opens up to you. This Gulf of Mexico border is distinctive to Florida’s Adventure Coast. Splitting down the middle, peaceful and scenic vistas extend from both sides of the roadway.
Soon the road ends at Alfred McKethan Pine Island Park, a great place to stop and spend some time. Grab a seat at this three-acre beach and linger to watch the tide come in or go out while children burn off steam on the playground or chasing seagulls. Grab a snack at Willy’s Tropical Grill.
Captain Gary will meet you at the pier, welcoming you and your group aboard the River Tale for a comfortable, narrated tour of the pristine Weeki Wachee River. Evenings are perfect for catching a vibrant winter sunset from the water during a leisurely evening cruise.
Who doesn’t like bowling? Whether monogrammed-bag-toting, trophy-winning league player or duck pin bumper bowler, the bowling alley is tried and true fun. All ages and skill levels can settle in for some laughs and friendly competition at Spring Hill Lanes or Strike City. Go ahead; show off your most elaborate wind-up and let ‘er rip.
Capture this holiday togetherness with unique photographs of your whole group. That means you too! As in: ask someone to operate your camera, use a remote control or arrange for a professional photographer. Too often, a family member designates themselves picture-taker only to find later that they appear in none of the shots. Don’t let this happen to you!
Remember, this precious moment in time will never be repeated. Children grow. Braces go on or come off. And who knows when this same combination of busy people will reassemble here again? Take a picture. Take many pictures. And make sure you give everyone a print of the best one to take home with them. That is the best gift you can give them this holiday season; a wonderful visit and a priceless memory.
Have some great Adventure Coast shots of your amazing family? Be sure and share them on social media!
For more ideas, check out How to be a Family Reunion Hero.