Florida's Adventure Coast Blog

Find Tranquility in Bloom at the Botanical Gardens

One of Florida’s Adventure Coast’s best-kept secrets is the Nature Coast Botanical Gardens. A lush, shady 3.5-acre property, this special place is tucked off Commercial Way and easily accessible from Spring Hill Drive. Visit seven days a week from dawn to dusk; the Gardens are free and open to...

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Why Noisy Nights are Good News in Nature's Place to Play

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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Plant Native For Beauty, Simplicity and Butterflies

Welcome to the Sunshine State, where everything grows! Here in Nature’s Place to Play, our subtropical climate means varied - sometimes exotic - plant life. And, with a little planting planning, they can easily beautify your world with color and life.   

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May Flowers: Some Like It Hot

By Lilly Browning

The first full week in May each year is National Wildflower Week and the Florida's Adventure Coast landscape boasts an exuberant outdoor color spectrum. Look around for these stars of nature's gardens. 

Late spring and early summer bring a host of blooming beauties throughout...

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Tree Love In Nature's Place to Play

Appreciation of the outdoors, wildlife and conservation run deep in Nature’s Place to Play. Parks, preserves, wildlife management areas, Environmentally Sensitive Lands, a state forest and a state park together comprise 107,000 acres and a third of Adventure Coast lands. Enjoy them; explore...

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Step into Hardwood Hammock Habitats in Nature's Place to Play

Part of Florida’s Adventure Coast is defined as a Temperate Hardwood Forest or “Hammock.” This shady habitat contains a rich diversity of trees, shrubs and wildlife. In Florida, the largest temperate hardwood communities occur near Brooksville, Gainesville and Ocala.

What is a hammock anyway?

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White Wings Against a Blue Sky: Look Up for American White Pelicans

Florida’s Adventure Coast is home to colonies of American White Pelicans. You can often spot them soaring above and gathering around area lakes and wetlands.

One of the largest birds in North America with a nine-foot wingspan, they are second in size only to the California condor.

With its...

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Adventure Coast Pedaling Pleasure

Sparkling warm days are perfect for cycling on Florida's Adventure Coast. Celebrate with a bicycle tour. Here is all you need to know to plan two amazing days cycling award-winning paved trails in Nature’s Place to Play.

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