Ever been to a citrus attraction? What about berry picking? Well, you can do both those things in Brooksville, as well as other activities, such as visiting a state park and other hiking trails, golfing, and visiting museums. You can be assured there’s plenty of things to do in Brooksville, Florida.
1. Explore all Withlacoochee State Trail has to offer
Withlacoochee State Trail is a 75-kilometer (46-mile) long paved trail along a historic railroad. Along the way are the Withlacoochee State Forest (which is only 10 minutes from Brooksville and has several scenic trails and some campgrounds) and the Withlacoochee River with a canoe trail. The trail is often used for running and walking, biking, and even skating/rollerblading. There’s also a horse trail that runs parallel to the paved trail. Also along the way are some geocaching sites, and plenty of spots to view wildlife.
Withlacoochee State Trail
Address: 3100 S. Old Floral City Road, 34450 Inverness, FL
2. Go berry picking, pumpkin picking, and more at a farm
All the rain has plumped up some beautiful berries and great tasting veggies! Our harvest season wont last much longer...Posted by Sweetfields Farm on Tuesday, 7 June 2016
There are a couple farms in Brooksville that have activities for the public. Sweetfields Farm grows blackberries and other fruits and vegetables like watermelon, green beans, kale, tomatoes, peppers, and more, plus sunflowers! In the spring they have a sunflower maze, and you can pick the blackberries and vegetables; in the fall they have a 2-hectare (5-acre) corn maze, and you can go pumpkin picking in their pumpkin patch. At another farm, JG Ranch, you can pick strawberries, blueberries, or blackberries, depending on the time of year; they also have sweet corn and watermelon.
Address: 17250 Benes Roush Road, 34604 Masaryktown, FL (15 minutes from Brooskville)
Website: Sweetfields Farm
Address: 17200 Wiscon Road, 34601 Brooksville, FL
Website: JG Ranch
3. Spend the day at Boyett’s Grove
There’s so much to do at this “citrus attraction.” Yes, there’s citrus - they sell several different kinds of citrus trees, from lemon and orange to kumquat. But that’s not all; there’s a wildlife park where you can feed the animals (they have an interesting variety of animals, like kangaroos and zedonks), an aquarium of Gulf fish, an aviary of tropical birds, mini golf, a dinosaur cave, the DinoMight Gold Mine where you can pan for “gold,” an art gallery, an ice-cream parlor, and a gift shop.
Address: 4355 Spring Lake Highway, 34601 Brooksville, FL
Website: Boyett’s Grove
4. Check out the Heritage Museums
The Hernando Heritage Museum Association has three museums. The first, the May-Stringer House, is a 4-story 19th century home; the original home was built by the May family where they ran a plantation, and when it was later owned by a Dr. Stringer, he added on to the house and practiced medicine there; there are now 14 rooms, and many have their own theme, including an 1880s-themed doctor’s office.
As a bonus, on Fridays and Saturdays, the May-Stringer house does ghost tours! It’s appointment only, so be sure to make a reservation if you want a ghost tour. The heritage museums also include an original train depot museum, built in 1885, and a one-room school house.
May-Stringer House: 601 Museum Court, 34601 Brooksville, FL
1885 Train Depot: 70 Russell Street, 34601 Brooksville, FL
Countryman Family One Room Schoolhouse: 66 Russell Street, 34601 Brooksville, FL
Website: Heritage Museums
5. Visit the Chinsegut Hill Museum
This plantation manor house, with its huge double porches, is on the National Register of Historic Places. It was built in 1845, was once a corn and sugar plantation, and has a long history. Today you can take a guided tour of the museum in the manor, and you can also spend the night there in one of their cottages! They also host a few events, such as luncheons and dinners with historical presentations. And, if you want to host your own event, they do weddings, and retreats for groups and business.
Chinsegut Hill Museum
Address: 22495 Chinsegut Hill Road, 34601 Brooksville, FL
Website: Chinsegut Hill Museum
Website: Chinsegut Hill Retreat
6. Immerse yourself in nature
Meet us this morning at 9AM at the Enchanted Forest trailhead on Tucker Hill Road in Waitsfield. We need your help with the demolition and reconstruction of the old bridge.Posted by Mad River Riders on Saturday, 8 August 2015
There are a number of trails and recreational areas to hike and camp in. The Chinsegut Wildlife and Environmental Area has trails and boardwalks surrounded by wetlands for walking, as well as a conservation center that offers many programs, and even has a butterfly garden. Other popular spots near Brooksville include the Mutual Mine Recreation Area Campground, which is near an old (abandoned) phosphate mine, and the Tucker Hill trailhead, which is one of the Croom Loop loop trails.
Chinsegut Wildlife and Environmental Area
Address: 23212 Lake Lindsey Rd., 34601 Brooksville
Website: Chinsegut Conservation Center
7. Golf at one of seven golf clubs
The most popular golf courses are the World Woods Golf Club, the Brooksville Country Club, the Hernando Oaks Golf and Country Club, and the Silverthorn Golf and Country Club are the most popular golf courses. World Woods has two different 18-hole golf courses and one 9-hole short course, and it’s ranked as the top golf club in Florida. There’s also a restaurant called the Grill Room that serves a continental breakfast for those staying in the villas, and lunch during the day.
World Woods Golf Club
Address: 17590 Ponce De Leon Boulevard, 34614 Brooksville, FL
Website: World Woods Golf Club
Fun in Florida
Hiking, golfing, berry picking, historical houses and locations, and more, there’s a lot to do in Brooksville. To me, it sounds like a great place to go with friends for the weekend or to take your kids. Or maybe if you’re ever in that part of Florida, it might be a nice place to stop by for the day.
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