If 2021 has you cooped up at home, there are still plenty of activities you can do safely with family on Florida’s Sports Coast. We’ve got the perfect list outdoor excursions that you won’t have to travel far to find.
Florida’s Sports Coast is home to hundreds of miles of paved and unpaved trails. Recently opened, the Starkey Gap Trail connects Pasco County to the rest of the Coast to Coast Trail that spans 250-miles from Florida’s Gulf Coast to the Atlantic coastline. This trail is best explored by bicycle to really go the distance. But, if cycling isn’t your speed, head out for a leisure hike at one of Pasco County’s parks. Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park offers a variety of trails to explore via bike or foot. Visitors are sure to see some of Florida’s top wildlife, but keep your eyes to the skies. Starkey is home to a new bird blind where avian enthusiasts can peacefully scan the skies for some of their favorite Florida birds.
Florida staycations mean easy access to water adventures. Explore one of Florida’s Sports Coast state parks by kayak with Salty Dog Kayak Rentals in Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park. Family owned and operated, Salty Dog Kayak Rentals offer tandem or solo kayaks as well as canoes. Be sure to check-in with THE salty dog himself, Kai. He’s always on hand to help customers start their excursion with a smile. Once on the water, be on the lookout for dolphins, manatees, sea turtles, sea otters and so much more.
Take the family gatherings outside to allow for safe, social distancing without sacrificing a good time. For the family with adult kids, Lucky Booty CycleBoats offers a two-hour voyage down the Cotee River for a fun way to see and drink along the waterway. But if you have tweens and teens, explore downtown New Port Richey by electric scooter with ECarve Scooter Rentals. Easily zip around the historic homes surrounding the city center before ending up at one of the great local eateries for dinner. Finally, for families of all ages, get all your outdoor adventure necessities from Flint Creek Outfitters in Dade City. There you can get everything you need for your next camping trip to Withlacoochee River Park. They also offer bicycle rentals for a great way to tour around the historic downtown.
We hope you find inspiration for safe family bonding on Florida’s Sports Coast.