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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, the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge in Crystal River and the Manatee Viewing Center at the Tampa Electric plant in Apollo Beach. 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. Visit the Florida Department of Agriculture website 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 Chalk Festival in Venice. You can also attend the Downtown Festival and Art Show in Gainesville, the Mount Dora Plant & Garden Fair or the Annual Delray Beach Wine & Seafood Festival. Check out visitflorida.com and click on Things to Do for more great ideas.
Hit the Links: Like golf? Then check out some of Florida’s best courses, from the Belleview Biltmore Golf Club to the Ocean Links at Amelia Island Plantation. Check out visitflorida.com’s list of the 18 best courses in Florida for more ideas.