The (slightly) cooler days of fall are the perfect time to head outdoors for some fun in Florida.
If you are looking for something to do, consider these ideas.
- Meet a Manatee: When it gets cool, where do manatees like to go? The springs! The water stays warm — about 72 degrees — in Florida’s springs, so manatees congregate there. Some good places to see manatees are Blue Springs State Park in Orange City and the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge in Crystal River. You can get up close and personal with manatees online, too. Just visit savethemanatee.org and click View Manatee Webcams on the right.
- Tour the Past: If you remember reading “The Yearling,” you won’t want to miss visiting the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park in Cross Creek, near Gainesville. Get a picture of early 20th-century farm life and see where Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings wrote her Pulitzer Prize-winning book. Find a Farmer’s Market Fall is a great time to find fresh produce at your local farmer’s market. Look at your community calendar to find one near you.
- Attend a Festival: There are tons of fall festivals across Florida. For example, in November, you can watch as hundreds of artists create works of chalk art at the 2017 Chalk Festival in Venice. You can also attend arts festivals in Gainesville, Mount Dora and Homosassa or the Florida Seafood Festival in Apalachicola. Check out visitflorida.com and click on Things to Do for more great ideas.
- Take a Drive: Florida may not have much in the way of fall foliage, but what it lacks in leaves it makes up for in miles of beautiful coast. Take a drive down the A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway that stretches along Florida’s Northeast coast.
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