One of the many great things about living in The Villages, Florida is how many things are within a 2-hour drive of The Villages. Yes, we have Disney, Sea World, Universal, Lego Land, Kennedy Space Center and Bush Gardens but we have so much more including the Gulf and Atlantic Beaches and “Old Florida”. Take a day and get out of the bubble, the bubble being The Villages which I love living here and try exploring.
Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State park is about an hour drive from The Villages, never heard of it? This from their website:
“Paddle through the tangled mangroves, tidal creeks and expansive salt marshes or take to the open waterways to explore the Gulf of Mexico. You are welcome to bring your own kayaks and canoes or rent them at the park. Hike our Springs Trail that winds through pine flatwoods and oak hammocks where you can see several small artesian springs and sinks. On a low tide, you can enjoy our tidal waterfall, just past Salt Spring. Immerse yourself in our amazing history by visiting the accessible interpretive displays throughout the park. We are a birder's paradise with several viewing stands located on our Springs and Eagle trails where you might see bald eagles, roseate spoonbills, the elusive black rail, hawks, wading birds, shorebirds and migratory songbirds galore. Although this park protects four miles of pristine coastline along the Gulf of Mexico in western Pasco County, we have no beaches or swimming area due to the mangroves lining the shoreline.”
I see on social media folks asking what to do with visiting grandkids, show then the real Florida.
Dick Betts, REALTOR®
The Betts Team
Touchstone Real Estate
The Villages, Florida
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