Florida’s Adventure Coast, Brooksville – Weeki Wachee is the destination name for Hernando County. Showcasing our extraordinary blend of outdoor and nature-based amenities, including Adventure in our name makes perfect sense. Because there are a lot of named coasts around the Sunshine State, Brooksville – Weeki Wachee points to our geographic location. The “Nature’s Place to Play” tagline captures who and what we are. Part of Florida’s eight-county Nature Coast region, adventures here range from atving to birdwatching, paddling, zip-lining and much more, enhancing our nature.
On the Gulf of Mexico, Florida’s Adventure Coast sits at the geographic center of Florida’s 832-mile length, as measured from the tip of the Panhandle to Key West. It is west of Orlando’s attractions and a short drive north of Tampa. Here you can enjoy light traffic, small town charm, abundant nature and affordability. Like spokes from the hub of a wheel, driving to or from Florida’s Adventure Coast is easy using major corridors like Interstate 75, U.S. 19, SR 50 and U.S. 41.
Yes, Spring Hill is a suburban area encompassing many residential neighborhoods and businesses. While Spring Hill is not an actual city or town, it comprises a sprawling blend of communities in the south-central part of Hernando County. Many households and businesses have Spring Hill addresses.
Among modern conveniences, entertainment spots and familiar brands, expect to feel a touch of old Florida nostalgia when you visit. On Florida’s Adventure Coast, explore the historic city of Brooksville and visit vintage roadside attractions like Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, Boyett’s Citrus Attraction and Richloam General Store.
A must-do for history enthusiasts is a guided tour of Chinsegut Hill Historic Site, now operated by the Tampa Bay History Center. This attraction is a pre-Civil War plantation on Florida’s second-highest hilltop. You’ll find the manor house museum brimming with artifacts and stories of prominent former owners and guests.
Thanks to beautiful weather and unique outdoor venues, Florida’s Adventure Coast is a mecca for festivals. From music to Shakespeare in the Park and car shows, outdoor events are a great reason to visit.
While there is plenty to choose from for shopping, dining and entertainment, much of what distinguishes Florida’s Adventure Coast is outdoor recreation-related. From bicycling endless miles of award-winning paved and forested trails to paddling scenic waterways and visiting sites on the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail, nature presents loads of options. For anglers, this part of the Gulf of Mexico offers thrilling catches like redfish, snook, tarpon, grouper, mackerel, trout and much more. Summertime means scallop diving in our warm coastal waters.
Yes, we do! Alfred McKethan/Pine Island Park is a sandy beach on the Gulf of Mexico perfect for swimming, sunset viewing, dolphin spotting, family cook-outs, picturesque weddings and more. This 3-acre park is also home to Willy’s Tropical Breeze Café, serving up all your favorite surfside fare.
Rogers Park is a freshwater beach located on the Weeki Wachee River. At Rogers Park, you can swim in the river, launch a kayak or enjoy a picnic. Grab a meal at The Upper Deck Café and dine with a great river view.
Although nearby Hernando Beach does not have a beach, this dynamic waterfront community boasts coastal scenery, vibrant public art, shopping, Gulfside dining, marinas and boating. Be sure and plan a dinner cruise on river boat replica, The Marina Rose. Enjoy delicious dining aboard and a serene ride along our natural, undeveloped coastline. As you watch the sun set over the Gulf of Mexico, view Florida’s Adventure Coast’s sprawling saltmarsh comprised of tidal tributaries and spring-fed estuaries.
Bring your pup to Rotary Centennial Dog Park in Spring Hill. Created exclusively for canines and their people, this park has separate areas for large, small and service dogs. Open seven days a week, from sunrise to sunset, the Rotary Centennial Park has plenty of shaded benches and a designated area for dogs to be safely off-leash. Owners are required to clean up after their dogs.
Pets are welcome on the Withlacoochee State Trail, provided they are well-behaved and on a 6-foot, hand-held leash.
In the Withlacoochee State Forest, dogs are permitted on hiking trails and day use areas, as well as Silver Lake and Cypress Glen campgrounds. They must be leashed and the leash must be 10 feet or less in length.
On Florida’s Adventure Coast, some RV resorts, B&Bs, vacation rentals, hotels and events permit dogs. Contact each lodging or event host for pet-related accommodations, fees and restrictions. Interested in boarding, doggie daycare or services?
Absolutely! We cherish all that makes Florida’s Adventure Coast Nature’s Place to Play. From eco-tours to bird watching and Florida Friendly Fishing techniques, we welcome visitors and residents to immerse themselves in exhilarating low impact adventures. Balancing conservation with recreation is key to preserving our unique wildlife and natural resources. Beyond following the core principles of “Leave No Trace” behaviors, on Florida’s Adventure Coast, we proudly promote environmental stewardship among our partners, colleagues, residents and visitors.
Yes, you can travel light and still have lots of options. Find specialized outfitters, guides and shops on Florida’s Adventure Coast. Browse our website listings or flip through this handy Water Adventure Planner to locate kayak, paddleboard, boat, fishing and eco-tour information.
For a fun day on the water, rent a pontoon boat from Hernando Beach Motel or one of several marinas. Freedom Boat Club members can pick up and return their vessel from Hernando Beach. For a carefree experience, consider booking a fishing or summer scalloping charter trip; relax while a professional captain familiar with local waters takes care of everything but the fun.
Book some tanks, gear, lessons and guided time underwater exploring artificial reefs with Bottom Time Charters Dive Shop in Hernando Beach.
For a rugged forest adventure streamlined for you, check with Croom ATV Rentals. There, you can arrange any type or size of ATV or dirt bike to use at the Croom Motorcycle Area in the Withlacoochee State Forest. Rental staff will deliver your machine(s) to the park and pick up afterwards. Ask about off-road or Enduro tours for a guided experience.
Didn’t bring your bike? Contact Crankworks Bicycles to discuss your riding plans and needs. Crankworks staff can assist you with a bicycle rental or purchase and information about where to ride. If you are ready to purchase a new or used bicycle or ebike, Trek Spring Hill and Brooksville Bicycle Center also offer popular brands and expert assistance. They will be happy to discuss different Adventure Coast ride options, as well.
You are referring to Roger’s Christmas House Village, a world-famous destination for “Christmas 364 days a year.” In its heyday, travelers from across the country rolled in by busloads to enter Florida’s own winter wonderland. Though Roger’s Christmas House Village closed a few years ago, historic Brooksville is again an iconic Christmas season destination.
Visit the smaller Roger’s 4 Seasons Gift Shop that now occupies the same site adjacent to Saxon Manor and Shabby Chic Wedding Barn. During the season, stroll a city transformed with sparkling, festive streets, unique shop displays and an endless series of special events. The 34-foot Christmas tree at the base of the historic courthouse steps anchors the many seasonal festivities throughout the city. Thrill to old-fashioned horse and carriage rides, Santa Claus visits with live reindeer and much more. Historic Brooksville is again a Christmas destination not to miss.
We’ve got you covered! There is always so much going on around Florida’s Adventure Coast and we don’t want you to miss a thing. Visit our website to find up-to-date event listings gathered automatically from social media feeds. Either click on “Events” from the top navigation or scroll down the page to find loads of upcoming events. Look through them all or filter by date, event category or mapped location. Click on any event listing for more details.
Florida’s Adventure Coast is also home to such iconic annual events as the Brooksville Native American Festival, the Brooksville Blueberry Festival, Art in the Park, Weeki Wachee Swamp Fest, among others. See our Annual Events & Festivals page for long term planning.
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