Florida’s Adventure Coast, Brooksville – Weeki Wachee welcomes visitors with a delightful array of self-guided tours perfect for social distancing outdoors. Search for bronze mermaids, dazzling murals and lush gardens.
Historic downtown Brooksville is ideal for a stroll. Walk the hilly streets filled with treasures both bold and hidden.
Formerly blank canvases, some Brooksville building exteriors were transformed to visual displays of bygone days. Original artwork adorns outdoor spaces large and small. The Brooksville Murals are part of the colorful Florida Mural Trail.
For a self-guided tour of Brooksville’s murals, approach any mural and use a smartphone to snap a QR Code to learn its story. Download a map to route your independent tour of twelve murals. For a one-of-a-kind experience, book a tour guided by local historian Jan Knowles. Guided tours are offered the third Friday of the month, September through May, beginning September 20.
For scavenger hunt enthusiasts with an eye for detail, twenty-one bronze mermaid statues await discovery hidden throughout Brooksville. Choose to walk the 2.2 mile purple route or the shorter 1.1 mile orange route. Starting at the new Brooksville Welcome Center, the Florida Mermaid Trail winds among local landmarks like the Brooksville water tower mini park and May-Stringer House Museum. While downtown, looking up, down and around for small sirens out of water, discover unique shops, eateries and museums to visit. Don’t forget to share your discoveries on social media using #flmermaidtrail.
The waterfront community of Hernando Beach compliments its Gulf coast backdrop with vibrant outdoor art. A life-sized fountain sculpture of leaping dolphins named “The Healing” adorns the Hernando Beach sign at Commercial Way and Osowaw Boulevard. Decoratively scattered throughout Hernando Beach business and public service building exteriors are vibrantly hued murals, crafted by a team of gifted resident painters. Inspired by scenic beauty, mythical mermaids, wildlife and more, talented artists of world renown call Hernando Beach home. A drive down Shoal Line Boulevard, among Hernando Beach restaurants and businesses reveals a wonderful self-guided tour of local talent and color.
Discover an oasis of tranquility tucked away in the center of Spring Hill at Nature Coast Botanical Gardens. Follow a winding brick walkway among twenty-three themed gardens. From a rain forest to a desert scape, enjoy a variety of lush plantings. Take a seat in the central gazebo and listen to the relaxing sounds of a waterfall. Free of charge, the Nature Coast Botanical Gardens welcomes visitors to enjoy self-guided tours any day of the week, from dawn to dusk. Add to your visit by finding all the items on their “Scavenger Hunt in the Gardens” list.