Top rankings for the outdoors by 96% of Florida residents

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Reeling them in! &#169 Panama City Beach CVB

Reeling them in! © Panama City Beach CVB

Florida Travel Guide: Resident’s most popular outdoor activities

Participation Survey Results for Florida Outdoor Recreation were posted today. The overall finding from the study was that outdoor recreation ranked high for 96 percent of residents. This isn’t surprising as the sun, beaches and unique Florida habitat such as Everglades National Park are main draws for anyone living in Florida. “This study will help us ensure that we are in tune with the recreational needs of the state’s citizens and visitors,” said DEP’s Florida Park Service Director Donald V. Forgione. “Outdoor recreation is not only a major contributor to Florida’s economy, but also educates and cultivates the next generation of environmental stewards.”

The Results

Approximately 4,000 residents were surveyed for the following results. Overall, 80% of Florida residents were satisfied with the variety of outdoor recreation in their country, and it was not only water based activities that ranked high.

Top Activities

It’s no surprise that beaches ranked top of the list, but following are other popular recreational activities:

  • 63% – saltwater beach activities
  • 49% – wildlife viewing
  • 46% – fishing
  • 44% – cycling
  • 40% – picnicking

Other  Activities that Ranked High among total days spent

Although saltwater beach activities and outdoor pool swimming ranked high, following are a list of other top activities as far as the total number days spent:

  • cycling
  • basketball
  • baseball and softball
  • soccer
  • golfing
  • tennis
  • football
  • off- road vehicle driving
  • hunting

Main Reason for being outdoors:

Family time and time spent with friends received the highest score as the most important element for doing outdoor recreation. In fact, 91% rated it as very important. Here is how the key reasons ranked:
  • 99% – time spent with family and friends
  • 98% – staying active and keeping healthy
  • 94% – being close to nature

Tell us…

What’s your favorite outdoor activity?