For nature loving Boomers, Florida's Nature Coast region is just a natural fit for retirement.
The places to explore and things to do are nearly endless, but some experiences are more unique than others.
Below we've shared information on three of these experiences.
Florida’s scalloping season for the Nature Coast counties of Levy, Citrus, and Hernando begins on July 1 and runs through September 24th this year. (Other places may have slightly different dates.) Scalloping is one of the most fun things you can do with your friends and family.
This recreational fishing activity combines all of the excitement of the catch that comes with traditional fishing without the worms. If you have ever enjoyed delicious scallops at a local restaurant, this is your chance to get out and catch your own.
Bay scallops are a type of shellfish that live in shallow waters along the Gulf Coast of Florida.
Because of all the rules and regulations, getting started scalloping can actually be quite intimidating. For that reason, Scalloping Charters are a great way to learn all about scalloping while ensuring that you aren’t breaking any laws.
There are dozens of charter boats like Crystal River Scalloping and Native Sun Tours that offer scalloping packages that include all of the gear and licenses you will need.
Swimming With the Manatees
Manatees are an endangered species that live in many protected areas throughout the Kings Bay, Crystal River, and Homosassa Springs areas of the Nature Coast. They are attracted to the warm waters of the area, especially in the winter. From November to April, Kings Bay is the home to the largest manatee population in the world.
The Crystal River and Kings Bay area is the only area in Florida where swimmers are allowed around manatees in a monitored environment, making this a popular attraction for people looking for a once in a lifetime experience.
There are dozens of manatee tour companies nearby that can help make your dream of observing these beautiful sea mammals up-close come true.
Nature Coast State Trail
The Nature Coast State Trail offers the perfect combination of history and nature for local walkers, bikers, skaters, and horseback riders. With almost 32 miles of paved trail connecting five small towns, the trail offers residents of the Nature Coast a great way to explore and experience “Old Florida” in a way that couldn’t be replicated anywhere else.
Trailheads are located at each of the five towns that the trail connects. Each of these trailheads provide parking, and have restrooms and picnic areas at the Chiefland, Trenton, and Cross City trailheads. There are also equestrian trails that border a portion of the trail, and equestrian parking at the Fanning Springs and Old Town trailheads.
Nature lovers will appreciate that the Nature Coast State Trail will take them right past Fanning Springs State Park and Andrews Wildlife Management Area, which will make observing different types of birds and other wildlife easily accessible. There is also plenty of wildlife that can be seen right from the trail, such as white-tailed deer, red-shouldered hawks, pileated woodpeckers, and barred owls.
Home Base on the Nature Coast
I think you'll agree that the Nature Coast is a pretty unique and special part of Florida.
The Villages of Citrus Hills is one of the few communities that provides you the perfect “home base” for your adventures in exploring all the Nature Coast has to offer.
If you think you might like to explore this area more and learn a little more about the Villages of Citrus Hills, request more information by filling out the form below: