You know what you’ll find at branded restaurants and stores familiar to you from other places. Here, as there, your experience will be the same – products on identical shelves and menus that list the same fare. While there is comfort in consistency, there’s special joy in novelty. Shop Brooksville on Florida’s Adventure Coast to savor local flavor and flair.
Spanish moss-draped oaks greet visitors to Brooksville’s historic downtown. The Hernando County seat, its center is anchored by a stately red brick, multi-columned courthouse. A clean, white water tower proudly inscribed with Brooksville completes the picturesque downtown setting.
Park your car or bicycle and stroll the streets. Take in the artful array of murals. Depicting life in bygone days, these colorful outdoor renderings reveal a civil war battle and an old-time fire truck and police car, among other vintage scenes.
Hunt for hidden gems in Transformed Treasures, Easy Street Home Décor, AKA Salvage & Design, Treasures from the Heart and The Country Depot Store. Browse delightful boutiques like the Wired Bird, Pearl Porch, Westover’s Flowers and Gifts and Harvest Moon Gift Shop. Nearby, grab some exclusive gear from the Florida Cracker Trading Company.
Long the shopping destination for proms, weddings and other elegant events, Patricia’s Boutique often welcomes repeat customers, now with their daughters.
Take a break from filling your shopping bags to tour the UpTown Art Gallery throughout Brooksville City Hall. Walls and lighted showcases throughout the two-level building display works of extraordinary talent. Artistic interpretations from paintings to sculptures and more are represented, many inspired by the wildlife and natural beauty of Florida’s Adventure Coast.
Shopping requires sustenance. Nearby eateries are all so good, it’s hard to choose a lunch spot. Once committed, you promise yourself to revisit so you can enjoy lunch at another place…and another. A brimming buffet of options includes The Bistro, Main Street Eatery, Broad Street Market, Little Lady Café, Enchilada’s, Mallie Kyla’s, The Tilted Teacup, Coney Island Drive-Inn, Taipei Taipei, Red Mule Pub, Luigi’s Pizza, Maw’s Vittles and Florida Cracker Kitchen.
After lunch, a cup of Mountaineer coffee is perfect. Not just any old Cuppa Joe, Mountaineer coffee is crafted from beans freshly roasted in house.
Not only is downtown Brooksville a bustling Monday through Friday government center, it’s also home to year-round evening and weekend celebrations. The second Friday of each month, the Brooksville Main Street Organization hosts Friday Night Live, a year-round outdoor concert series and market at Hernando Park. From 5:00 pm until 10:30 pm, musicians take to the Bandshell stage while the audience enjoys the shady park setting. Admission to this family friendly event is free.
Shop one-of-a-kind artisan goods each month at Un-Common-ly Artsy: The Historic Downtown Brooksville Arts Market. Find this growing group of makers and unique vendors on the third Saturday from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Enjoy fantastic local dining, a tour of the latest UpTown Gallery exhibits and more free family-friendly fun.
Car enthusiasts roll into Brooksville for the Blues-In – Cruise-In the third Saturday of every month. From 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm, old time classic cars line up on Main Street while the BlueZ Band performs on the courthouse steps. Food and drink are available from downtown restaurants and trophies are awarded in various car categories.
Every Sunday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, support local growers by purchasing food fresh-from-the-fields at the Brooksville Farmer’s Market. From vegetables and berries, to herbs, cheeses, soaps and other hand-crafted items, pick up treasures not found at any chain store.
On top of these popular weekly and monthly events, historic downtown Brooksville is unrivaled during the Christmas season. Days, evenings and weekends sparkle with festivities. From visits with Santa and his live reindeer to horse-drawn carriage rides, a spectacular synchronized Christmas tree and much more, Brooksville embodies beloved American Main Street Christmas appeal.
The second weekend of March, for over 35 years, the spring-green shade of Tom Varn Park is home to Art in the Park. Stroll tree-lined paths and browse over 120 fine arts and craft exhibits. This premier art event on Florida’s Adventure Coast is consistently ranked among Southeastern Tourism Society’s Top 20 Events.
The last weekend in April, downtown merchants, growers and vendors celebrate peak season of the local blueberry harvest. The city welcomes guests to the Brooksville Blueberry Festival, “The Best Little Festival in Florida.”
Bordered by cobblestone streets and shaded by majestic oaks, historic Brooksville personifies small city charm. Visit. Shop. Dine. Dance. Buy local and support its merchants. The tapestry that small, local owned and operated enterprises weaves together makes this vibrant Main Street American community unmatched by any chain.