Florida's Adventure Coast Blog

You Can Help Protect Manatees Along Florida's Adventure Coast

It is that time of year again! Manatee slow speed zones are in effect. It is important to abide by these speed restrictions between October 1 and April 30 each year.

Florida manatees are slow-moving marine mammals found in shallow, coastal waters and rivers. They spend large portions of their...

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Tiny raptor: Southeastern American Kestrel

A raptor, the Southeastern American Kestrel is the smallest of the falcons. Colorful males flaunt plumage of blue-grey wings, russet accents on the back and with black spots and white undersides with black barring. The female, slightly larger than the male, displays muted shades of brown with...

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September's Sensational Songbirds

While there are many species of birds that live in Florida’s Adventure Coast all year around, September is the best month to look for songbirds that are migrating in the fall. These birds have spent the summer nesting and raising their chicks in the northern states and Canada, and are now...

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How to Be a Friend to Nature

“Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustave Flaubert

At the start of the year, the United Nations declared 2017 the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. “Travel. Enjoy. Respect.” promotes responsible travel.

When visiting natural...

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Gopher Tortoise Fun Facts

Find these ancient, gentle munchers-of-foliage throughout Nature’s Place to Play.

A keystone species, their burrows can be shared with more than 350 other types of wildlife.  Here are some fun facts about Florida’s Gopher tortoise.

Gopher tortoises and their burrows are listed as Threatened and...

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Why the Center of the State is Your Florida Vacation Sweet Spot

How brilliant are you to base your Florida vacation right here in the middle of the state? You win with affordability, access and outdoor adventure.

Nature's Place to Play, on the west coast, sits in the geographic center of Florida's 832-mile length (as measured from the tip of the panhandle to...

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Natural Nightime Symphony: Adventure Coast Frogs

Thanks to recent rains, our nighttime outdoor symphony has reached a crescendo. Croaks, squeaks, barks, chirps and deep snore-type sounds merge to almost earth-shaking levels.

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From Fuzz to Feathers: Spring Florida's Adventure Coast Birding

By Carole Knudson

Peeps and chirps outdoors mean one thing to nature lovers: grab the binoculars and check out the treetops.

Above the ground, new Spring life has hatched. Tucked into tree hollows, birdhouses, barn corners, salt marshes, shorelines and tree limbs, nests are bustling with hungry...

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