When planning a trip to Florida, it can be hard to decide where to go. The large state has tons of offerings in a variety of environments, from vibrant Miami to the swampy Everglades to the happiest places on Earth in Orlando. If you’re looking for a destination that is low-key but has plenty of things to do, consider basing your trip in Spring Hill. This city is just a short drive north of Tampa and it is not far from the gulf coast. It has everything you could hope for on a trip to the Sunshine State: natural beauty in its parks and preserves, diverse wildlife in the area’s many habitats, easy access to beaches, and fun, games, and food too! Whether you are visiting for the first time or you’re just looking for new things to do, this list of the top things to do in Spring Hill, Florida, will help you plan your vacation.
1. Meet exotic animals at the Wildlife Survival Sanctuary
The Wildlife Survival Sanctuary is the only spot in Spring Hill where you can see exotic animals with your own eyes! The Wildlife Survival Sanctuary is an organization that takes in privately owned exotic animals if their owners are unable to provide them with the care they need. They give these animals a habitat, the correct food and water, and even a companion in some cases. Come see the majestic big cats like the Bengal tiger, leopards, and cougars. The sanctuary also has lemurs, reptiles, and livestock. Call for a private tour where you even get to meet some of the animals, like the tortoise and the potbelly pig!
Wildlife Survival Sanctuary
Address: 18212 Booming Rd, Spring Hill, FL 34610
Website: Wildlife Survival Sanctuary
Opening hours: Depends on tour schedule
Price: 20 USD
2. Trawl for fish off the scenic Bayport Park pier
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You don’t have to rent a boat to fish in the Gulf of Mexico. Cast your line right from the fishing pier at Baypoint Park. This public park sits in a lovely spot right along the shoreline. In addition to the fishing pier, the park features everything you need for a cookout with picnic tables and grills. There is also a new boardwalk to stroll along and take in the views. If you’d rather fish out on the water, there are also two boat launches at the park.
Address: 4140 Cortez Blvd, Spring Hill, FL 34607
Website: Bayport Park
Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 9am - 8pm; Fri - Sun: 9am - 5pm
3. Smell the roses at the Nature Coast Botanical Gardens & Nursery
Wander through a garden oasis at the Nature Coast Botanical Gardens & Nursery. This beautiful spot feels like a tranquil escape from its bustling suburban surroundings. It is divided into several sections with different themes, like the Florida native plants, palms, herb garden, and orchard. There is also a large rose garden that looks and smells absolutely amazing when the flowers are in bloom. If you’re inspired by your visit to grow your own garden, stop by the nursery on Mondays and Saturdays to purchase your own plants.
Nature Coast Botanical Gardens & Nursery
Address: 1489 Parker Ave, Spring Hill, FL 34606
Opening hours: 7am - 6pm (daily)
4. Picnic at Crews Lake Wilderness Park
Even though it’s close to downtown Spring Hill, Crews Lake Wilderness Park truly feels like being out in the wilderness! This spacious park is spread over 113 acres (45 hectares) of rich natural beauty. Explore the park along the bike paths, hike the nature trails, or climb the observation tower to get a lay of the land. Get up close to butterflies in the botanic gardens and see if you can glimpse a bird in one of the birdhouses. Crews Lake is also a perfect place for a picnic, whether you are with a group under a pavilion or sitting on a blanket beneath the stunning oak trees.
Crews Lake Wilderness Park
Address: 16739 Crews Lake Dr, Spring Hill, FL 34610
Website: Crews Lake Wilderness Park
Opening hours: 7am - 8pm (daily)
5. Taste aromatic wines at the Strong Tower Vineyard
Florida may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of wine regions, but that will change after a visit to Strong Tower Vineyard. The vineyard grows three varieties of grapes which are used to make all their wines. The wine menu is based on seasonal produce and ranges from classics like Pinot Noir, a Spring Hill Red that goes with anything, and a variety of delicious blueberry wines. Stop by and try their wines in the tasting room, sip a glass out on the veranda, take a tour, and even bring home a bottle or two!
Strong Tower Vineyard
Address: 17810 Forge Dr, Spring Hill, FL 34610, USA
Website: Strong Tower Vineyard
Opening hours: Wed, Thur & Sat: 11am - 6pm; Fri: 11am - 10pm
6. Hike around the wildlife-rich Weekiwachee Preserve
One of the best things about Florida’s gulf coast is the abundance of wildlife. The many types of ecosystems are home to a wide array of wildlife, and protected areas like the Weekiwachee Preserve allow us to observe them in their natural habitat. This preserve contains several kinds of habitats, like swamps, fresh and saltwater marshes, and sandhills. The preserve is known for its wading bird population, which roosts and nests in the lakes. It’s also famous for being home to Florida black bears, shy creatures who tend to avoid humans. There are paths where you can bike or hike throughout the preserve, and fishing and boating are permitted in certain areas too.
Address: 2345 Osowaw Blvd, Spring Hill, FL 34607, USA
Website: Weekiwachee Preserve
Opening hours: 7am - 8pm (daily)
7. Paddle down the picturesque waterways of the Linda Pederson Park
Another wild animal that you might see around Spring Hill is the manatee. These cute and gentle sea creatures swim inland in the winter and early spring when the water is warm, before returning to the Gulf of Mexico in the winter. A great way to see manatees without disturbing them is by canoe or kayak. At Linda Pederson Park, you can launch your boat into the gentle river waters and hopefully spot a manatee below! If you don’t see a manatee, or just came at the wrong time of year, the park is still a beautiful place to explore by water or by land. It has playgrounds, spots for playing sports, and an observation tower overlooking the water.
Linda Pederson Park
Address: 6300 Shoal Line Blvd, Spring Hill, FL 34607
Website: Linda Pederson Park
Opening hours: 8am - 8pm (daily)
8. Visit Stage West Playhouse for lighthearted live theater
The best spot for live theater in Spring Hill is the Stage West Playhouse. This community theater company has been putting on performances for over 35 years! They do high-quality productions of plays and musicals like 1776, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and The King and I. Stage West is committed to bringing culture and entertainment to the community, and it is committed to inspiring the next generation to pursue their theatrical dreams by offering kids’ workshops and scholarships to high schoolers.
Stage West Playhouse
Address: 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd, Spring Hill, FL 34606
Website: Stage West Playhouse
Opening hours: Showtimes vary
Price: 25 USD
9. Scour for antiques at the Towne Square Mall
You won’t find typical chain stores at Towne Square Mall. This small shopping center has a variety of stores with items you can’t get anywhere else. If antiquing is your thing, Towne Square is the place for you. They have several shops with unique vintage items. Antiques Accents is a store with hundreds of previously owned items. They are always buying new pieces, so the inventory changes often. Coin collectors must visit Brooksville Rare Coins. They have hundreds of rare and gold coins to choose from.
Towne Square Mall
Address: 3021 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, FL 34606, USA
Website: Towne Square Mall
Opening hours: Tues - Sun: 10am - 6pm (closed on Mon)
10. Explore the freshwater springs of Jenkin's Creek Park
The natural features of Jenkin’s Creek Park, like the freshwater springs and marshes, have been beautifully preserved for visitor enjoyment. The park also has some man-made features to compliment the natural beauty, like canals, a boardwalk, and boat launches, all of which make it even easier to enjoy it. The freshwater springs create a perfect spot to take a dip in clear blue water, and you can also fish and boat here as well.
Jenkin's Creek Park
Address: 6401 Shoal Line Blvd, Spring Hill, FL 34607
Website: Jenkin’s Creek Park
Opening hours: 24 hrs (daily)
11. Sweat it out at Anderson Snow Park's athletic facilities
While you can do some form of exercise in any of the parks on this list, Anderson Snow Park is designed for the athletically inclined. This sports complex has become a center of sporting events in the community, with six soccer fields and six baseball fields. It has everything to go along with watching a game, like concession stands and lit fields for night games. In addition to playing or watching soccer or baseball, you can also run or walk on the trails. Bikers can link up to the Suncoast Bike Trail, an extensive trail along the gulf coast, from this park too.
Anderson Snow Park
Address: 1360 Anderson Snow Rd, Spring Hill, FL 34609, USA
Website: Anderson Snow Park
Opening hours: 7am - 9pm (daily)
12. Sit down to country-style breakfasts at The Breakfast Station
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The Breakfast Station is a small chain of restaurants throughout Florida that serves up delicious southern and country classics. Choose from egg plates, omelets, and skillet dishes. Each meal is customizable with different breakfast meats, types of bread, and sides like grits or hash browns. If you have a sweet tooth in the morning, choose from their decadent flavors of pancakes and French toast.
The Breakfast Station
Address: 8405 Northcliffe Blvd, Spring Hill, FL 34607
Website: The Breakfast Station
Opening hours: 7am - 3pm (daily)
13. Enjoy a signature fish sandwich at BeckyJack's Food Shack
You can’t visit coastal Florida without partaking on some of the fresh fish options. Try out BeckyJack’s Food Shack, which has tons of options for fish dishes and more. One of their specialties is fish sandwiches, which come in three varieties. The signature sandwich is a fried fish fillet, coated in a batter of cornflakes and almons. You can also try it as a grilled or blackened fish sandwich. The extensive menu also includes tacos, burgers, and platters.
BeckyJack's Food Shack
Address: 8070 Cortez Blvd, Weeki Wachee, FL 34607, USA
Website: BeckyJack’s Food Shack
Opening hours: Tue - Thu: 12pm - 8pm; Fri: 12pm - 9pm; Sat: 12pm - 8pm (Closed on Sun)
14. Grab a pint at the Karma Spirits & Cafe
No matter what night you go to Karma Spirits & Cafe, there will be something going on! On Monday and Tuesdays, you can get USD 1 tacos; on Wednesdays they have trivia; on Thursdays, you can learn country line dancing; and the list goes on! They always have free pool, giant Jenga, indoor cornhole, and a photo booth. With 23 beers on tap, 16 craft beers available, and a kitchen serving bar food until 2 am, you can’t go wrong here!
Karma Spirits & Cafe
Address: 10511 Spring Hill Dr, Spring Hill, FL 34608
Website: Karma Spirits & Cafe
Opening hours: 1am - 2am (daily)
15. Have a go-kart challenge at the Adventure Coast Fun Park
You don’t have to go to Orlando to have a fun time-stay right in Spring Hill and head to Adventure Coast Fun Park for rides and games that are just as fun! This is the place for go-karts, mini-golf, batting cages, and arcade games. Turn it into a friendly competition by seeing who wins the most in all the activities! Grab food from one of the stands and relax in the seating area between rounds.
Adventure Coast Fun Park
Address: 9227 County Line Rd, Spring Hill, FL 34608, USA
Website: Adventure Coast Fun Park
Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 11am - 9pm; Fri: 11am - 10pm; Sat: 11am - 11pm
Price: 7.50 USD
The perfect alternatives to some of Florida's crowded attractions
While spots like Miami and Orlando should definitely be on your Florida bucket list, sometimes you want a vacation that’s far away from the crowds. Spring Hill is a great stop on a bigger trip or destination in itself. In addition to all the attractions right in town on this list, Spring Hill is close to a lot of great spots. Drive down to Clearwater Beach for some of the most pristine oceanfronts you can imagine. In nearby Weeki Wachee Springs, there is a mermaid show and a spring-fed water park on Buccaneer Bay. If you like the idea of a big city, head into Tampa for the day for cultural activities, museums, and sporting events. Spring Hill is a great jumping-off point for your trip to the gulf coast!
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