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2018 Vacation Anticipation

A fresh new year means a calendar filled with opportunities. Picture those blocks loaded up with family trips, long weekends, visits to friends and relatives and tours of places on your Florida Bucket List. Make 2018 the year you use your time off to its fullest in Nature’s Place to Play. Maximize those calendar opportunities with a plan and savor the anticipation.

January 30th is National Plan for Vacation Day. In America, 662 million annual vacation days go unused. Don’t let this happen to you! Vacation time is precious; it’s good for your relationships, well-being and professional success. With a plan, you will be among the Americans more likely to use your time off, feeling greater levels of happiness as a result.

With 2018 wide open, consider these ideas and handy tools to plan your adventures.

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Photo: Fisherman with a snook. Courtesy of Chase N Tails Charters


Some Gulf of Mexico fish have seasons, size and bag limits as directed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Use this 2018 Recreational Saltwater Seasons AT-A-GLANCE for reference. Review the 2018 Florida Saltwater Fishing Regulations or pick up a magazine at one of our Visitor Information Centers.

Consider seasons when planning your epic Florida’s Adventure Coast fishing trips. Refer to our Water Adventures Planner for a full listing of local marinas, services and charter captains when making your plans.

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Photo: Bayport - Linda Pedersen Paddling Trail by Keith Kolasa


Be sure to include the pure pleasure of kayaking the Bayport - Linda Pedersen Coastal Paddling Trail in your plans. It's a perfect reason to schedule some long, back-to-nature weekends throughout the year. Each time you explore the 1.7 mile marked trail through this thriving estuary, you will likely be greeted by a rich array of wildlife.

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Photo: Weeki Wachee Springs State Park website

Swimming with a tail

Have you ever dreamed of being a mermaid? If so, reserve your place in a 2018 Sirens of the Deep Mermaid Camp at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. Share the exclusive experience of being an underwater performer with others who share your passion. Current and former Weeki Wachee Mermaids will teach you how to swim gracefully while wearing a tail. 2018 Mermaid Camp dates will be announced on the Weeki Wachee Springs website in late January/early February. Hurry! Spaces fill up quickly. 


Photo: Courtesy TreeUmph!

Plan a party in the Trees

Make 2018 the best birthday ever for a family member. Mark TreeUmph! Brooksville next to your child’s birthday on the calendar and consider yourself a hero. Book a TreeUmph! Birthday Party package and leave the planning to them. A day of treetop thrills will make an unforgettable birthday experience.

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Photo: Scalloper, Florida's Adventure Coast Visitors Bureau


Summertime on Florida’s Adventure Coast means scalloping. Eagerly anticipated, the season is expected to be July 10 through September 10 this year. A fantastic way to enjoy this family-friendly water adventure is with a professional guide. Choose your dates early; charter services book up quickly.

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Plan your visits around events on Florida’s Adventure Coast

Pursue your interest in Florida history and heritage, arts and culture, classic cars, outdoor music festivals and much more by using our Florida’s Adventure Coast 2017 – 2018 Events Guide.  Mark your calendar and book your lodging early for your favorites. Visit floridasadventurecoast.com anytime for a full and ever-changing listing of area events.


On January 30th, view your fresh 2018 full-year calendar and make your plans. Like others who plan, you will likely feel happier and healthier. With a plan, you are more likely to use your vacation time than non-planners and you may even benefit from savings, preferred dates and exclusive deals. Most of all, with your calendar marked up in January, you will feel vacation anticipation throughout the year. Happy Planning!