Florida’s Adventure Coast is the sweet spot for a sensational September Florida getaway. Crowd-free summer fun welcomes you to affordable attractions and outdoor recreation. Thanks to a mid-August start to the school year, find more streamlined access to spots popular with families.
Top reasons why September is ideal to be on, and in, the water on Florida’s Adventure Coast:
Easy entrance to Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, home of world-famous Mermaids. Thanks to the summertime popularity of Buccaneer Bay, Florida’s only spring fed waterpark, this attraction reached daily capacity early. September brings a different vibe; the waterslides, kiddie pool and lazy river float are open weekends only in September and entry lines are uncommon.
Find reduced volume at public ramps for Gulf of Mexico boating and scallop diving. Bay scallop harvest season runs through September 24 on Florida’s Adventure Coast.
Get in on epic angling action, catching fish like mangrove snapper, grouper, trout and tarpon.
September 1 marks the start of snook season in Gulf waters. Thanks to Adventure Coast abundance, spotted sea trout, red drum and snook are not restricted to catch and release. Snook, trout and red fish are some of the reasons Florida is known as the Fishing Capital of the World. Florida’s Adventure Coast and the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission encourage anglers to handle their catch carefully to help fish survive upon release, if opting for catch-and-release.
Explore artificial reefs, including a shipwreck, while scuba diving in the clear, bathwater-warm Gulf waters.
Paddle the spectacular Weeki Wachee River, now free of summer crowds.
September is also prime time for land-based adventures in Nature’s Place to Play:
Take bicycle rides on miles-long, award-winning paved trails such as the Good Neighbor Trail, the Withlacoochee State Trail and the Suncoast Trail. Join other bicycle enthusiasts and be sure to register for the upcoming October 20th annual Good Neighbor Trail Ride.
Bring your mountain bike and explore winding single-track trails through the forest. Mapped and maintained by the Tampa Bay SWAMP Mountain Bike Club, the Croom Tract of Withlacoochee State Forest features over 50 miles of energizing terrain.
Nearby, using motors rather than muscles, power through the Croom Motorcycle Area on an ATV or dirt bike. Part of Withlacoochee State Forest, these 2600 acres contain miles of trails and a vast sandpit for the exclusive use of off-highway vehicles.
Swing and zip through FLG X, Florida’s newest treetop zipline adventure course. Featuring over 75 elements, September is a fine time to try out this epic attraction, just minutes from I-75.
Florida’s Adventure Coast, Brooksville – Weeki Wachee is on the central west coast. Escape urban scenes of traffic and crowds to discover vintage Florida roadside attractions and thrilling outdoor adventures.
From your north Tampa Bay base, easily drive to world-class attractions in the Orlando area to the east and Tampa to the south – all within about an hour.
Plan your September getaway today on Florida’s Adventure Coast.