Discovering Florida’s Adventure Coast

A Paradise for Every Explorer

Welcome to Florida's Adventure Coast, where an adventurer's paradise awaits! Whether you're drawn to the call of the sea, or prefer to stay on land, this coastal wonderland offers a multitude of attractions to thrill even the most seasoned explorers.

Mermaid Nico statue located at Anderson Snow Park. Photo courtesy of Florida's Adventure Coast

Those looking for a tried-and-true treasure hunt can enjoy the “Destination Mermaids” Statue Trail on Florida’s Adventure Coast. This ‘mer-mazing’ road trip celebrates the 75th Anniversary of Weeki Wachee Springs State Park and sprinkles 27 life-sized statues, each hand painted by a different Florida artist, throughout Hernando County. Mark off statues on your Tale Trail Passport, earn points, and win prizes along the way. This attraction is the perfect day trip for art-enthusiasts and explorers alike. 

Two young men, each holding a fish, on a charter fishing boat out on the water. Photo courtesy of Florida's Adventure Coast

You may not find a mermaid when fishing off the side of a charter boat, but there are plenty of chances to reel in the catch of the day on the Florida Adventure Coast. Anglers can enjoy a variety of fishing experiences, including deep-sea fishing in the Gulf of Mexico for grouper, cobia, and snapper, flat fishing for tarpon, trout, and red fish, or lake fishing for largemouth bass, bream, and crappie. Those looking for their next big catch can even board a spearfishing charter.

Young women underwater with a mask and snorkel holding a scallop in her hand. Photo courtesy of Florida's Adventure Coast

Should you prefer to leave your fishing rod behind, the scalloping season opens a unique window to the treasures that lie beneath the warm Gulf waters. From July 1 to September 24, visitors can snorkel or dive for scallops along the coast. Scalloping is fun and easy, requiring very little gear or expertise. Our professional charter captains will guide you to all the best scalloping areas where you can slip into the warm waters of the Gulf and see the shells of the scallops shimmering beneath the surface. 

One person on a paddle board and two people in a kayak on the water. Photo courtesy of Florida's Adventure Coast

For a more peaceful way to experience Florida’s natural coastline, the Bayport-Linda Pedersen Paddling Trail, a marked route connecting Bayport Park and Linda Pedersen Park, is a great spot to unwind. Go with the flow as you paddleboard, canoe, or kayak along the 1.7 one-way trail, or make it a round-trip journey at 3.4 miles as you take in the stunning views, clear water, and ultimate serenity.

Boy wearing shorts and a t-shirt on a high ropes course. Photo courtesy of Florida's Adventure Coast

Florida’s Adventure Coast offers attractions from the bottom of the sea to the tops of the trees. The FLG X Adventure Park is home to five different treetop courses, each ending in a 50’ zipline. Climb rope walls, swing through the trees, and cross wobbly bridges as you test your limits. Fun for the whole family, FLG X Adventure Park also offers a Little Ninja Course that mimics the more challenging courses on the ground level. 

Two adults on bicycles on the Good Neighbor Trail in Brooksville, FL. Photo courtesy of Florida's Adventure Coast

If you prefer to adventure with your feet planted firmly on the ground, our hiking trails offer unbeatable views at every mile. A third of Hernando County is devoted to outdoor recreation, so leave the roads behind and find beauty along our trails. The Weekiwachee Preserve offers a rich ecosystem of habitats, including several miles of Weeki Wachee River frontage, and is home to elusive wildlife like the Florida Black Bear. Outdoor enthusiasts can also venture into the Withlacoochee State Forest on the Croom Loop Trails, named one of the “10 Coolest Places You’ve Never Been in North America” by the World Wildlife Fund.

Four people on ATVs. Photo courtesy of Croom ATV Rental

Those seeking a bit more adrenalin may enjoy our expansive ATV trails. The Withlacoochee Forest is also home to the Croom Motorcycle Area, where 2600 acres of trails, dustbowls, and fun await. The terrain ranges from hardwood hammocks and tight scrubs to numerous pits left behind from discontinued mining operations. Cyclists may find trails like the Withlacoochee State Trail, Suncoast Trail, and Good Neighbor Trail a bit more their speed. The adventure coast offers both scenic roads and paved trails, as well as off-road trails for mountain biking through the Withlacoochee State Forest. 

Golf  course with a pond and greens. Photo courtesy of Florida's Adventure Coast

There’s no better way to unwind after a day of thrill-seeking than on one of the adventure coasts golf courses. The five courses along Brooksville Ridge offer rolling hills and undulating terrain not seen anywhere else in Florida. Brooksville Golf & Country Club offers tumbling fairways and a unique set of dramatic holes, with Hole #12 being honored in Golf Digest as one of the 18 “Most Fun Holes of Golf in America.” The areas golf community is always expanding, with the 1,200 acre course Cabot Citrus Farms set to open in January of 2024.

Strawberries growing in a field. Adobe Stock

For a post-game snack, head to one of the areas UPick farms for anything from sweet corn to juicy strawberries. These wholesome experiences are great for family and friend outings, while also promoting sustainable farming practices and supporting local agriculture. Whether you’re a foodie, a nature lover, or both, the UPick farms like Sweetfields Farm and Harvestmoon Fun Farm are a must-visit while on the coast.

Mural at Boyet's Grove and Attraction Photo courtesy of Florida's Adventure Coast

Art and culture are intertwined with the Adventure Coast's landscape. Vibrant murals grace buildings in both downtown Brooksville and Hernando Beach, telling the stories of the region's rich history. As part of the Florida Mural Trail, Brooksville's mural tour offers self-guided and guided options to delve into the history behind these captivating installations, providing a window into the town's heritage. Boyett's Citrus Attraction in Brooksville adds another layer to the region's artistic tapestry, boasting an art gallery featuring the sculptures and paintings of James Oleson Jr.

The possibilities are endless on Florida’s Adventure Coast. Whether you’re seeking the thrills of the oceans, the beauty of the land, or a blend of both, there are unforgettable adventures to be had around every corner.

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