Things to Do in Citrus County
Things to Do in Citrus County
You'll find plenty to do in Citrus County during your time here. Here are some of our favorite things. Oh, by the way, we're just a short drive to many other Florida attractions like Disney, Clearwater Beach, St. Augustine, Sea World and Busch Gardens.
- Spend a day at the Beach. Within minutes of almost anywhere in Citrus County you'll find a public beach or park on the water. Ft. Island Gulf Beach is one of the most popular swimming spots, located right on the gulf, it's a great place to catch some rays, go for a swim or even try your luck at fishing. You can also visit Hernando Beach on Lake Hernando to enjoy a swim or play in the park. The boat launch is there too! There's a great park on Lake Tsala Apopka in Inverness called Wallace Brook Park. It's offers a place to swim, a place to launch your boat or jet ski and picnic facilities too. During the warmer months there's a public pool in Crystal River called Bicentennial Pool. This is located at the Bicentennial Park just south of Crystal River.
- Go Boating or Fishing. Whether you have your own boat or care to rent one, there are no less than a dozen places to launch your boat and spend your day on a lake or river. The lakes in Inverness are popular for Skiing or bass fishing. You can even take an Airboat tour on the Withlacoochee River at Wild Bill's if you're feeling adventuresome. Crystal River and Homosassa are great for sunning, fishing or just enjoying a leisurely ride out to the gulf. The Chassahowitza River is a great place to Kayak as is the Rainbow up in Dunnellon. Many of our restaurants are located on the water which makes for a wonderful dining experience. Check out our Dining Out page to see a few. For a complete list of local Boat Ramps, click here.
- Take a Hike. The Withlacoochee State Forest in Lecanto offers miles of nature walks through the forest. There' s even some interesting caves to explore along the way. You can walk "forever" on the Rails to Trails path in eastern Citrus County. This paved path has bathroom facilities and a few dining spots along the way. You can enjoy a nice walk with great scenery along the Withlacoochee Bay Trail north of Crystal River. This 5 mile paved trail adjoins the Florida Barge canal and has several waterfront picnic facilities and fishing piers.
- Visit a Park. The Homosassa Springs Wild Life park is the most popular. It's more of a zoo than a park. Thousands of people from all over have visited here since it's opening nearly 50 years ago. Located on the water, the many boardwalks access many live animal exhibits and viewing stations. The most popular is the underwater "fishbowl". You can access the park by car or take the pontoon boat from the parking lot on Highway 19. Plan at least a half day to take in this park. The Ted Williams Museum is also located in Citrus County on Highway 486 in Hernando. It's a great display of "sports memorabilia" from some of our countries most notable baseball players. You can also visit the Crystal River State Archeological Site which consist of several acres of pre-Columbian Indian mounds dating back to 200 BC. It's located just north of Crystal River off Highway 19. There are several others parks where you can picnic, hike, swim or just relax. Fort Cooper in Inverness, Yulee Sugarmill in Homosassa, Hunter Springs in Crystal River and numerous others. With 40% of Citrus County still designated as "public lands", there's nature almost everywhere you turn.
- Go Shopping. Most of your shopping in Citrus will consist of unique boutiques, local art or crafts stores, souvenir shops, or outdoor activities outlets. Downtown Inverness is full of shops with local flare and there are also several nice restaurants within walking distance. Downtown Crystal River has several "tourist shops" and is also within walking distance to the water. Of course we have several name brand stores like Bealls and a nice mall north of Crystal River with several anchor tenants. Walmart has 2 stores in Citrus and we have both a Home Depot and Lowes. Of course we're just a short drive to major shopping areas like Ocala and Tampa if you want to make a day of it.
- Play a Round of Golf. If you enjoy golf, you'll love Citrus County! There are several public courses like Plantation, Twisted Oaks, Pine Ridge and Citrus Springs each with it's unique topography and challenge. You'll find them to be pretty reasonable too compared to rates elsewhere especially during the off season. Black Diamond, Sugarmill, Citrus Hills, Seven Rivers and Southern Woods are some of the more notable private courses. These require membership to play. The weather is nice almost year round so anytime is a good time for golf!
- Sports Anyone. We have several other sports venues to enjoy. Two local Bowlings alleys, several gyms, the bicennenial public pool, softball fields, tennis courts, and one of the best places in the state to bike or jog, the Rails to Trails path in eastern Citrus County. It follows a 46 mile path from Citrus Springs to Floral City and beyond. The Withlacoochee Forest, The Chassahowitska Wildlife Preserve and Gulf Hammock north of Citrus County all offer hunters a great place to enjoy their sport. Seasonal archery, black powder and regular hunting permits are available.