Beautiful Citrus County is a part of Florida’s Nature Coast and as such is a water-lover’s paradise. From its unspoiled shores on the Gulf of Mexico to its rolling hills and sparkling lakes, water is an important component in the lives of Citrus County residents. With so much to do in, near, or on the water, everyone will enjoy exploring the endless activities. Citrus County also has museums for the culture-lovers and history buffs, world-class golf courses and horseback trail riding opportunities as well as quaint antique shops.
Only 75 minutes away from Orlando and Tampa, Citrus County also offers its residents and visitors the opportunity to visit the big city. All the excitement of the theme parks, major league sporting events, cultural entertainment, concerts, shopping and dining are just a little over an hour away.
For sun seekers, Florida is the place to be with over 300 sunny days per year. With warm summers and soft winters, Florida has become the home for the snowbirds, the people from the north of America who spend their winters in the pleasant subtropical temperatures and in the sun. Even in December and January there is an average high temperature in the seventies and seven hours of sun a day. Visitors and residents alike are guaranteed to have a lot better weather than anywhere else in the USA.
Instead of the Gulf Coast, a lot of people refer to Citrus County as the Golf Coast. Considering the abundance of beautiful, fun and challenging golf courses around, there is no wonder why. From the world renowned golf courses as Black Diamond or World Woods to less exclusive golf courses like Skyview and Citrus Hills, every golfer can play to his or her heart’s desire right here in Citrus County.
Citrus County also offers many miles of hiking and biking trails including the 46-mile, paved Withlacoochee State Trail. Here you can experience the Old-Florida charm as you bicycle from one small town to the next, stopping at unique shops and cafe’s.
Seven rivers criss-cross the area of Citrus County and many are fed from crystal clear, fresh water springs pumping up millions of gallons of pristine water from the Florida aquafer. These waters maintain a constant temperature of 72 degrees Fahrenheit all year round. The native manatee, a gentle giant sea cow that feeds of sea grasses, gather in these warm waters during the cooler winter months and some stay here all year round. You can observe them from land at the Three Sisters Springs attraction or go on a manatee snorkel tour and get right in the water with them while you swim with the manatees.
Hiking, Biking and Horseback Riding
Hiking: whether your trail is short or long, wet or dry, improved or natural, you’ll be able to see nature’s offerings in Citrus County. Most of Citrus County offers some form of educational path, interpretative nature walk or hiking trail, each featuring its own unique combination of ecosystems, flora and fauna. You can combine hiking with a number of other activities such as bird watching, camping or fishing.
Biking: Citrus County offers ample opportunities for cross country excursions, meandering scenic day rides and primitive off-road tracks.
Horseback riding: Mother Nature made Citrus County ‘a natural’ when it comes to equestrian activities. Either for a day’s ride or a full equestrian camping trip, the facilities you need are here. You may trailer your own horse or rent one when you arrive. Whatever your choices, the fun of riding through some of the most beautiful public lands in Citrus County is available to you.
Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park
This is a showcase for native Florida wildlife. Visitors can stroll along unspoiled nature trails and see deer, black bear, bobcats, otters, cougar alligators and crocodiles at close range. Many varieties of birds, from colorful wood ducks and flamingos to majestic birds of prey, make Homosassa Springs their homes. One of the most interesting encounters is seeing or even swimming with the endangered and protected marine mammal, the Manatee.