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How to Have an Unforgettable Family Vacation to Florida’s Adventure Coast

Home to some of the Sunshine’s State’s most iconic attractions, Florida’s Adventure Coast has been enticing visitors for decades. The region is teeming with natural wonders, from inviting freshwater springs to wildlife-rich woodlands to sun-soaked stretches of shoreline. The area also has a captivating history, and reminders of the past still dot the local landscape—especially in historic Brooksville.


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An Insider’s Guide to Florida’s Beautiful and Unique Weekiwachee Preserve

A mosaic of marshlands, floodplain forests, shimmering lakes, and grasslands, the Weekiwachee Preserve is an outdoor oasis for nature lovers. Spread over the southwest corner of Hernando County along Florida’s Adventure Coast, the 11,206-acre ecological treasure also serves as a fantastic destination for hiking, biking, paddling, and birdwatching. Bounded by the Weekiwachee.

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No Need For Trail Envy; There Are Plenty To Go Around

Whatever mood you’re in, there’s a trail for you here in Nature’s Place to Play.

Choose wet or dry, paved or not, long or short. Florida’s Adventure Coast is laced with scenic trails, some of which are nationally recognized.


Try them all. Explore by foot,.

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Walk Among the Tall Pines

Welcome to one of the largest contiguous tracts of old growth longleaf pines in Florida. Once the dominant tree of the South, our Big Pine Tract of the Chinsegut Wildlife and Environmental Area serves as a window to this now less-common ecosystem. Fire and harsh weather-tolerant, some of the tallest may be more than 300 hundred years old.

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Why The Center of The State is Your Florida Vacation Sweet Spot

How brilliant are you to base your Florida vacation right here in the middle of the state? You win with affordability, access and outdoor adventure.

Nature’s Place to Play, on the west coast, sits in the geographic center of Florida’s 832-mile length (as measured from the tip of the panhandle to tip of the keys). Stay here and enjoy low.

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Step Outdoors and Take A Stroll In Nature’s Place To Play

Get inspired to explore our wide variety of beautiful places to walk on Florida’s Adventure Coast. From shady trails to open water, the views are unforgettable.

Get inspired to explore our wide variety of beautiful places to walk on Florida’s Adventure Coast. From shady trails to open water, the views are unforgettable.

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Two Trails To Try For Happy Hiking

Explore an amazing variety of trails throughout Nature’s Place to Play! Here are two examples of hardwood hammock ecosystems that we recommend. Watch for wildlife and unique native plants along this pair of lush and pleasant trails, each about two miles long.

Florida is unique in that our climate provides blooms in both spring and fall. In fact, there is.

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Florida Hikes: Paths Crossed and Shared

About Sandra and John

Sandra Friend and John Keatley love natural Florida and each other. Hailing from different directions, the lifelong hikers, bikers, writers and photographers joined forces and together produce Florida Hikes! Believing “A day in the woods always beats a day in the office,” the pair have personally explored hundreds of miles of Florida trails capturing images and.

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This Land Is All Your Land

Visit the great outdoors as an alternative to Florida’s theme parks, beaches and cities.

Here in Nature’s Place to Play, a vibrant array of spaces await your discovery. Step outdoors and into landscapes you’ll want to explore again and again.

Excluded from commercial development, public lands are for human recreation and often nature’s protection. From habitats for sensitive species of flora and.

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You Are The Star; The Outdoors Is Your Stage

Explore outdoors and celebrate the natural world throughout Florida’s Adventure Coast. Sample outdoor thrills on land and water.

Discover something new or revisit your personal favorites. With 107,000 acres of park and conservation lands, waterways and spectacular Gulf of Mexico coastline, Nature’s Place to Play delivers plenty of outdoors to explore.

The Forest

The World Wildlife Fund called the Withlacoochee State Forest.

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