“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.
When visiting natural spaces, we can all leave them unharmed or better with some simple measures.
Recycling, using your own water bottle, picking up litter and being respectful of wildlife are just a few examples.
It may take a little adjustment, but these habits practiced many times over can have a powerful effect on natural areas. Being a friend to nature is for all who love to travel, value a destination and treasure authentic experiences.
Here are some tips to be a ‘Friend to Nature’ here on Florida’s Adventure Coast. After all, this is Nature’s Place to Play!
Bring your binoculars and camera to observe wildlife at a distance. Avoid touching or feeding resident wildlife, no matter how cute!
Florida’s Adventure Coast is alive with creatures great and small. In our parks and preserves, you’re likely to spot deer, gopher tortoises and a broad array of birds.
On our waterways, you’ll likely see plenty of shore birds and waterfowl, as well as turtles, manatees and dolphin.
Many manatees enjoy our coastal areas and springs, particularly in winter. So always take care to slow down when boating; often the well-camouflaged manatees are just below the waters’ surface.
Wherever you discover wildlife, it’s always important to observe without disturbing any natural activity.
Bring your camera to share your sightings! You’re going to have a long list of wild creatures to see and photograph here in Nature’s Place to Play.
Be a friend to, and help protect, these habitats while exploring by:
These actions will help ensure that our forests remain pristine and that your next visit will be as amazing as your first.
…by saving the waters they swim in! With multiple spring-fed rivers leading to the Gulf of Mexico, such as the beautiful Weeki Wachee River, adventures on the water are endless: go kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, boating and fishing. You can even explore the thriving habitat of an artificial reefby scuba diving.
The newly marked Bayport – Linda Pedersen Paddling Trail is a must for paddling enthusiasts, and monthly Weeki Wachee River cleanups are a great way to enjoy that waterway while keeping it litter-free.
For water activities, here are a few simple ways to be a friend to nature:
For more paddling inspiration, check out A Scenic Saltmarsh Adventure.
Would you like to do something more to make a positive impact during your visit? Florida’s Adventure Coast has several organizations doing great things for nature and wildlife; get involved and meet new friends while supporting the wild places you love.
Check out the following preserves and natural areas for hiking and inquire about opportunities to volunteer:
And check out Nature with a Side of Nice for inspiration on nature activities and authentic attractions on Florida’s Adventure Coast.