1. Attend a festival. November through January is the peak time for festivals and celebrations in Citrus County. Annual gatherings like the Inverness Festival of the Arts, Homosassa Arts, Crafts and Seafood Festival, Manatee Festival, annual markets and craft shows, and countless holiday celebrations dot the social calendar to enhance your season’s experience. Grab a friend and get to making the most of the winter months in central Florida.
  2. Play a round of golf or set of tennis on a perfect, crisp morning. Florida is known for its year-round favorable temperatures, and the fall and winter months are most ideal for outdoor activities. As the mornings get cooler, players often net their best scores in the comfortable, less humid weather. What are you waiting for? Book your tee or court time today.
  3. See the manatees. Enjoy some serenity along the coast and visit Citrus’ manatee residents. The migrating sea cows annually begin their journey to our springs around this time of year in search of warmer waters. Their calm, gentle nature inspires those who view them to relax, take it easy and slow down. And remember, the colder, the better for viewing as they huddle to keep warm.
  4. Walk, run or bike on a local trail. Miles upon miles of local trailways can entertain the explorer within you as you take new sights in of Citrus County. From the Withlacoochee Trail to the Lecanto Caves, to salt marsh trails along gulf estuaries and inland parries among the pines, there’s no shortage of Florida wilderness to traverse and take in. Pick out a new trail or return to an old favorite, and see why we really are called the Nature Coast.
  5. Get some fresh citrus. Savor the delectable, juicy tastes of Florida oranges and grapefruits as they ripen this winter. Farmers markets, fruit stands and community favorite Ferris Groves offer an array of ripe, in-season varieties. Boost your immunity with the tasty, vitamin C-filled snack whole or juiced.
  6. Dine outdoors. Gather with friends and family for a patio, tiki or porch front meal. Local restaurants and bars add warming firepits/heaters and dazzling twinkle light displays to seating areas this time of year for a delightfully cozy dining experience. It’s the perfect time to relax and say cheers as we get closer to the New Year. 
  7. Cruise or paddle around pristine waterways. Take a sunset tour, book a gulf excursion or kayak/paddleboard your way to a good time this winter. Venture out on our local waterways and take in the beauty of Florida’s Nature Coast. It’ll make for an unforgettable experience.
  8. Shop our local downtowns. Buy unique gifts this season at Citrus’ local shops and boutiques. Support small business and make a difference in your community by buying local. Discover an array of homemade goods in Hernando, Inverness, Floral City, Crystal River and more. Put some local flair into your holiday décor or special gifts for family and friends.
  9. Plan a weekend trip. One of the best parts of living in Citrus Hills is being so close to so many other great places in central Florida. Explore a new downtown or take a weekend to relax. Citrus Hills is within just a short driving distance to favorites like St. Augustine, New Smyrna Beach, Titusville, The Villages, Wesley Chapel, St. Pete, Clearwater, Madiera Beach and more!  
  10. Try something new, create a new tradition. Add some zest to your winter and as 2022 approaches, take the time to do something you’ve never done before. Start a new tradition with your friends or family and count the blessings present all around. Have a happy holiday season and make the most of the New Year ahead.