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DISCOVER HERNANDO

POINTS OF INTEREST

1) Bayport Park

2) Delta Woods Park

3) Hernando Park

4) Istachatta-Nobleton Park

5) Jenkins Creek Park

6) Kennedy Park

7) Lonnie Coburn Park

8) Alfred McKethan Park

9) J. Earl and Frances Miller Memorial Gardens

10) Nobleton (Wayside) Park

11) Pioneer Park

12) Rogers Park

13) Weeki Wachee Spring

14) Boyett Grove

15) Foxbower Wildlife Exhibit

16) Nobleton Canoe Outpost

17) Rogers' Christmas House Village

18) Hernando Heritage Museum

ATTRACTIONS

13) Weeki Wachee Spring, 6131 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. Weeki Wachee Spring delights audiences with mermaid shows in an underwater spring theater. Other attractions at Weeki Wachee include Buccaneer Bay Water Park (seasonal and has separate admission), Wilderness River Cruise, Birds of Prey, Exotic Bird Show and an Animal Forest Petting Zoo. Hours: 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily. Admission is $14.95, $9.95 children ages 3-10. Group rates available. Call (800) 678-9335.

14) Boyett Grove, 4355 Spring Lake Highway, Brooksville. This citrus stand offers more than oranges and pecan logs. Here you can visit the zoo and aquarium, browse through the gift shop, have a snack in the ice cream shop and view exotic birds. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is free, donations appreciated. Call (904) 796-2289.

15) Foxbower Wildlife Exhibit, 3275 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. This exhibit offers birds, animals and fish you may have never seen before. You have the chance to see albinos as well as other rarities. Also on the grounds are shell, Indian Native American and insect/moth exhibits. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Admission: $2, $1 children 6-13, free children under 6.

17) Rogers' Christmas House Village, 103 Saxon Ave., Brooksville. At these five houses, Christmas happens every day. You can browse through rooms, cottages and theme lands full of Christmas decorations and gift items. Hours: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Closed Christmas day. Admission: free. Call (904) 796-2415.18) Hernando Heritage Museum, at the corner of May Avenue and Jefferson Street, Brooksville. Guided tours are available. The 12-room house is a seven-gable structure with gingerbread trim. It is four stories tall and the ceilings reach 10 feet in height. It houses the artifacts of Hernando County. Hours: noon-3 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Admission: $1. Call (904) 799-0129.

RECREATION

1) Bayport Park, on Gulf of Mexico at end of State Road 550 W. 1.5 acres, restrooms, two boat ramps, pier, picnic pavilion, picnic tables and barbecue grills.

2) Delta Woods Park, (open until 10 p.m.) Deltona Boulevard, Spring Hill. 19.8 acres, parking lot, restrooms, fishing, volleyball, tetherball, gazebo, picnic pavilion, picnic tables, six barbecue grills, multipurpose field with bleachers, six shuffleboard courts, four tennis courts, six single-wall handball courts, two basketball courts, two boccie ball courts, horseshoe, volleyball and tether ball. No swimming allowed.

3) Hernando Park, (open until 11 p.m.) Fort Dade Avenue, downtown Brooksville. Approximately 1.5 acres, picnic tables, two grills, bandshell, six shuffleboard courts, four tennis courts, playground equipment, restrooms, building for meetings.

4) Istachatta-Nobleton Park, 375 acres off E Lake Lindsey Road. In process of being developed by Istachatta-Nobleton Taxing District and Hernando County.

5) Jenkins Creek Park, County Road 595, 135 acres. Parking area, restrooms, fishing pier, grill, picnic table. Fishing pier for older and disabled people located across the street from Jenkins Creek Park.

6) Kennedy Park, Kennedy Boulevard off State Road 50E. 25 acres, restrooms, picnic pavilions, picnic tables, two barbecue grills, volleyball court, two basketball courts, baseball fields, playground equipment, recreation building.

7) Lonnie Coburn Park, next to County Fairgrounds, U.S. 41 S. Four acres, restrooms, picnic pavilion, picnic tables, three barbecue grills.

8) Alfred McKethan Park, Pine Island Park on the Gulf off County Road 495. 3 acres, beach area, lifeguards,restrooms/showers, picnic pavilions, picnic tables, grills, concession stand, volleyball court.

9) J. Earl and Frances Miller Memorial Gardens, Orchid Parkway/Ridge Manor. Two acres, picnic grounds.

10) Nobleton (Wayside) Park, Between Withlacoochee River and County Road 476 (Lake Lindsay). Two acres, restrooms, boat ramp, picnic pavilion and tables.

11) Pioneer Park, Pinehurst and Treehaven in Spring Hill. 7 acres, restrooms, six shuffleboard courts, basketball court, two horseshoe courts, playground.

12) Rogers Park, Weeki Wachee River off Shoal Line Boulevard. 3 acres, restrooms, boat ramp, picnic tables, playground, barbecue grills, volleyball court.

16) Nobleton Canoe Outpost, 29135 Lake Lindsey Road, Nobleton. Offers downstream float trips on 110 miles of the Withlacoochee River. Three lengths of day trips are available: 5 miles, 10 miles and 16 miles. Canoes are rented by the hour. Dock closes 6 p.m. on weekends and 5 p.m. on weekdays. December through February trips are available by appointment only. Call for rates and other information from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wed.-Mon. at (904) 796-4343.

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