Many of you may be asking, “How can I plan a special Valentine’s Day weekend during this challenging time?” Florida’s Adventure Coast, Brooksville-Weeki Wachee is the answer; here you’ll find a variety of adventures where you can escape the day-to-day frenzy, relax and reconnect surrounded by breathtaking beauty, fresh air and plenty of room to roam.
A paddling tour can be a romantic and relaxing excursion with that someone special. Discover the Coastal Paddling Trail from Bayport Park to Linda Pedersen Park. This 1.7-mile journey will immerse you in this vibrant coastal ecosystem where you’ll discover a variety of wildlife that call these unique wetlands home. . When you’re done, you and your loved one can walk to the top of the observation tower at Linda Pedersen Park for a spectacular and romantic Gulf view or relax with a picnic and a stroll. You may even catch a glimpse of manatees seeking the warmth of the river.
If land adventures are more your style, your options range from mild to wild.
How about a nice romantic bike ride? Florida’s Adventure Coast is home to a vast network of trails that wind through parks, preserves, and wildlife areas.
A bike date offers endless opportunities to follow whatever the day throws at you. Pass a store you’ve never seen before? Stop and check it out. Come across a great view that you didn’t expect to see? Stop and take silly photos of each other. When you’re on a bike, you’re free to go where the day takes you.
You can find a full list of trails in our Virtual Visitors Center.
Birdwatching offers another creative escape. The 11,206-acre Weekiwachee Preserve is a regional hotspot for birdwatching—and an ecological success story. Part of the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail, the preserve provides birdwatching opportunities year-round and has been recognized as an Audubon Important Bird Area. Here you can spot everything from songbirds to raptors to wading birds. With nearly 10 miles of trails, you’ll enjoy the scenery and wildlife as much as the time together.
A romantic hike with your loved one might also be the answer. Naturally, the Adventure Coast is home to some of the best hiking trails in Florida.
One great hike is through the Big Pine Tract of the Chinsegut Wildlife and Environmental Area. One of the largest contiguous tracts of old growth longleaf pines in Florida, some of the tallest trees may be more than 300 hundred years old, making this an awe-inspiring hike.
If high adrenaline is more your style, you’ll want to visit FLG-X Extreme Adventure Course.
This treetop playground includes suspended bridges, swings, slides, nets, and multiple ziplines securely suspended between the trees at 15 to 80 feet off the ground.
You and your loved one will be challenged and invigorated, strengthening your bond and teamwork while having a fantastic adventure.