Willing to drive an hour or so from Citrus County ? Here are some places to visit and/or take guests. Last week, I MISSED the zip line adventure in Crystal River see Ocala link below…
Brooksville-Spring Hill area: (hour drive or less)
Weeki Wachee Springs: Weeki Wachee is the only home of live mermaids, Weeki Wachee Springs is a great place to enjoy Florida’s only spring-fed water park. Swim in the 72-degree, crystal clear spring with white sandy beach, have a picnic, play beach volleyball, and/or watch the mermaid show.“My grandchildren and their parents had a great time— I really enjoyed the show and park!
Gainesville area: (just over an hour away)
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings State Historic Site: Gainesville area—“Visit the Cracker-style house and farm where Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings wrote “The Yearling,” the novel that won her the Pulitzer Prize in 1939.” www.floridastateparks.org/marjoriekinnanrawlings
Gainesville Butterfly Museum: Established by the University: butterfly museum and rain forest. I have heard wonderful things about this exhibit.
Williston Elephant Farm—Two Tails Explore: There are retired circus elephants and more! Call ahead for reservations. When we are there a couple of years ago, our grandkids enjoyed the animals and birds…the lecture on elephants is interesting for adults, too detailed for young children.
Ginnie Springs Resort: “Canoe, tube, snorkel and hike at this privately owned resort. Float down the Santa Fe River: scuba dive in the crystal clear springs. Cavern and cave-dive if you’re experienced. There are campsites with electric and water hook-ups, heated bathrooms, picnic tables and grills, and a general store.”–We had a great time kayaking there!
Sante Fe College Teaching Zoo:“The Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo houses 70 species, and 250 individual animals in its collection, including white handed gibbons, red ruffed lemurs, ocelots, bald eagles, Galapagos tortoises, African grey parrots, and Matschie’s tree kangaroo. The Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo is Gainesville’s community zoo and the training facility for the Zoo Animal Technology Program.”-Nice place to visit if it is warm. In the cold weather many animals and birds are indoors. I think the info and exhibits appeal to adults and to children over seven years of age. I am a Lowry Park Zoo fan! (A future Tampa blog)
Ocala Area: (45 minutes to one hour drive)
Ocala is “horse country” and we have explored two areas in the city:
Silver Springs features national music acts, live animal exhibits, glass bottom boat trips, nature tours. In season there’s a water park. We enjoyed the glass bottom boat ride, farm area and park rides.
The Canyons Zip Line, Ocala. “We have two certified and experienced guides to lead you on your 3 hour adventure through approximately one mile of course which includes: NINE (9) different zip lines, 2 rope bridges, one rappel, nature walks, and fabulous views you won’t find anywhere else.
We are also have the LONGEST, HIGHEST, FASTEST zips in Florida!” This place of adventure was shared by Black Diamond Member Jill.
BTW: THERE IS A ZIP LINE IN CRYSTAL RIVER: Tree Top Adventure:
Next week: Tampa area attractions.