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How to be a Kind Coastal Visitor in Nature’s Place to Play

by Brittany Hall-Scharf

“Take only memories, leave nothing but footprints.” – Chief Seattle

Did you know that volunteers collected 23,396 pieces of trash from the coastal communities, dredge islands, and marine waters along Hernando County during the 2018 and 2019 Coastal Cleanups hosted by UF/IFAS Extension.

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The 8 Best Ways to Experience the Rich Ecological Diversity on Florida’s Adventure Coast

The tapestry of natural areas, parks, and preserves along Florida’s Adventure Coast support a spectacular diversity of flora and fauna. Spread along the Gulf of Mexico, the region offers 200,000 acres of protected parklands to explore, along with pristine rivers, swathes of old-growth forest, and the beautiful waters of the Gulf. From birding walks to family cycling trips.

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Karst Underwater Scuba Divers beneath Weeki Wachee Springs

View the Spectacular Secret World Beneath Weeki Wachee Springs

Far beneath the Mermaids, Buccaneer Bay slides and visitors bustling about enjoying Weeki Wachee Springs State Park lies a vast and mysterious realm few have entered.

Glide silently through sprawling caverns and narrow passageways as if strolling room-to-room in an otherworldly castle. Emerge from narrow cracks to spaces so immense that a parked jetliner would have room to.

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How Mermaid Tail Mail Began

by John Athanason

Every year, Florida State Parks celebrate National Literacy Month, an important subject in this day and age of smartphones, tablets, and emails. In 2012, the agency asked each park to come up with an idea to promote the importance of reading and writing. Weeki Wachee aspired to do something unique to our park. Of course, the mermaids.

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Great Summer Family Vacation Plans By Mom

“Dude, school’s out in a few weeks. What do you have planned this summer?”

“We’re going to Florida’s Adventure Coast for a week in July. My mom says I can bring a friend. Want to come?”

“Cool; I’d love to! What’s that area of Florida like?”

“Well, there’s fishing and scalloping in the Gulf and a place to go dirt bike.

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white egret flying over weeki wachee river

A Treasure to Cherish: Weeki Wachee Springs

With shimmering clarity, the Weeki Wachee is as precious as the aquamarine gem the Springs’ color resembles. Named by the Seminole Indians, the moniker is said to mean “Little Spring” or “Winding River.” Best known as home to Mermaids who have entertained audiences for generations, the entire waterway is itself a treasure on many levels, both above and below.

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How To Be A Friend To Nature

“Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustave Flaubert

The United Nations’ approach to Sustainable Tourism for Development revolves around “Travel. Enjoy. Respect.”  and promotes responsible travel.

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Sunny Adventures, Simple Times

“I remember coming to Weeki Wachee Springs as a child but that was – my goodness – fifty years ago!” Mary exclaimed. “The Mermaids, this beautiful river; I can’t believe it’s all still here.”

“It was my first time visiting Florida,” she recalled. “My two sisters and I were so excited after our long drive down from New Jersey. We’d.

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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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Weeki Wachee Mermaid Theatre Sign

Mermaids: Myth, Magic And The Man Behind The Method

Legendary and Mystical

Mermaids are ethereal. Like sparkling apparitions, they shimmer through the mists of time. The subject of folklore, fairytale and mystery, early mermaid visions surfaced around 1000 B.C. Sweeping back history’s veils reveals possible origins in Greek mythology. Portrayed in ancient artwork, they were legendary creatures with the tails of fish and upper bodies of humans. Usually mermen, imagery of mermaids was.

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