This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Visit Gulf County. All opinions are 100% mine.
We love traveling to Florida! There is so much to see and do during a family vacation. To say that the scenery and adventures are a bit different in Florida from Spokane is a bit of an understatement. While we are surrounded by wheat fields Florida has amazing beaches, sunsets and things to do!
Today I am excited to share 4 family adventures in Gulf Coast Florida! There really is something to do for everyone in the family. From relaxing to hitting the nature trails, everyone can find an adventure that is perfect for them!
Adventure #1 ~ Go on a turtle treasure hunt
Join adventure guide Jessica Swindell on a Turtle patrol on the beach. Only taking in 4 people at a time, Jessica gives visitors a chance to view baby sea turtle nestings in the highest density-nesting beach in North Florida. Help her look for signs of nesting and participate in the process of protecting loggerhead turtles. This part of the walk is really about marking and protecting the nests. Nests just look like big disturbed area of sand. The moms do a good job of camouflaging their nests. We determine where the clutch is and dig just to the top egg. Once we find that, we measure the depth and then put a self-releasing screen on top for protection. We place posts and caution tape around the nest so people know to stay away. We number it and place a sign on it. We can continue to get new nests from May through early to mid Sept.
Adventure #2 ~ Kayak Through the Dead Lakes
The Dead Lakes get their name from the Cypress and Tupelo trees that stand in the water. When the water is low, you can see the stumps rising out of the swamp. It’s like nothing you’ve seen before. People don’t know what you’re talking about and then they have an “aha” moment when they paddle around the shallows in the South Flats. The stumps are so concentrated; it’s like being on another planet. If you go out early in the morning in April, the birds are all coming into the nest and other critters are just showing up. The fog comes off the water. It’s very still, where you feel like you’re in the wilderness.
Adventure #3 ~ Wake up early to watch the Dolphin Parade
A family happened to be up early one day and they saw a pod of dolphins playing and chasing a school of fish. They were so close to shore, they could see them from the deck that day. After that, they got up early so they could walk down and see them from the beach. They loved the “dolphin parade” and watched them swim by every day.
Adventure #4 ~ Adventure out to a different beach every day
Take your family out to a different beach every day and try out a new adventure. Whether it’s scalloping in the Bay, shelling at the tip of the Cape, or fishing by Indian Pass.
Go out bike riding on an afternoon adventure by the coast. Be sure to watch for Eagles flying by!
Horseback ride right along the beach and watch the sunset over the ocean
Snorkeling, paddleboarding, watching the sunset, or even camping on the beach!
You can check out the Gulf County Adventure Guide for even more ideas on family adventures!
Make sure and enter the Gulf Coast Florida Weekly Contest! 10 winners each week win a $50 gift card! The giveaway runs weekly from September 28th – October 25th, 2015!