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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 tip of the keys). Stay here and enjoy low traffic, nature and vintage Florida roadside attractions like Weeki Wachee Springs.

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All within reach
Here in the center of the state, you are close to airports: Tampa International Airport is 45 minutes south; Orlando International Airport is less than 90 minutes east. Do you happen to have access to a small plane? Brooksville – Tampa Bay Regional Airport is a general aviation airport right here.

From here, you can easily drive to world class Florida attractions in the Orlando area to the east and Tampa to the south – all within about an hour. Some of the world’s best beaches are just beyond. Like the hub in a wheel, your middle of the state base means the Adventure Coast is an easy drive from point to point. Major highways here are Interstate 75, US-Hwy 19, US-Hwy 41, the Suncoast Parkway (toll) and State Road 50.

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Bird watching
The middle of the state is home to eight sites on the Great Florida Birding Trail. Bird watchers love the diversity of shorebirds or sightings of rare species like our resident Red-Cockaded Woodpeckers. Bald eagles are often overhead or in coastal treetops.

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Biking
Ride to your heart’s content on Florida’s Adventure Coast scenic paved trails. From here, you can cycle as far north as Dunnellon on the 46-mile Withlacoochee State Trail and south to Tampa on the 42-mile Suncoast Parkway Trail, all motorized vehicle-free. 

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Fishing and Scalloping
If Gulf of Mexico angling grabs you, your Adventure Coast base puts you minutes away from some amazing catches. Grouper, tarpon, snook, cobia, redfish, jacks and top-notch scallop diving are just a few of your water adventures. Here, you are on the southern border of Florida’s bay scallop harvest range. Perfect! 

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Golf
Is the serenity of emerald fairways more to your liking? Here in the middle of the state, you have world-class golf for novice to experienced, all nearby. Florida’s Adventure Coast hosts 12 top-notch golf courses, yet is close enough to major courses to attend PGA-sanctioned events. 

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Explore the Adventure Coast
So, take some day trips and happily return to your convenient, low traffic, affordable and nature filled
center-of-the-state base.
 

While here, enjoy all that surrounds you. Right here on Florida’s Adventure Coast, Brooksville – Weeki Wachee, find spectacular Gulf fishing, kayaking and scalloping. Hike and bike in a natural setting and pay a visit to the World Famous Weeki Wachee Mermaids. 

Your family will cheer your brilliant family vacation strategy!

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