Best of Florida Outdoor Events: January 25 – February 1

Best of Florida Outdoor Events (credit:

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Get Outdoors January 25 – February 1

The full moon is influencing a number of activities this week, from paddling to hiking. But don’t forget manatees while you’re at it – check out our list:

1. Moonlight Paddle

Watch the moon reflecting in the water as you paddle on the Suwannee River  in Manatee Springs State Park. You’ll learn about the river’s cultural and natural history and take part in a short program after your outing where  light refreshments will be available. You have to dress for the weather and bring a whistle, water and flash light. For safety reasons, children under six years of age and pets are not allowed.

    • Highlight: Paddling at moonlight.
    • When: Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 5:45 p.m.
    • Where: 11650 N.W. 115th Street, Chiefland, Florida 32626
    • Cost: $6/per carload (maximum eight people). Additional $20-30/kayak rental (must call Anderson’s Outdoor Adventures at 352-949-6751)

2. Manatee Festival

Orange City is holding their Blue Spring Manatee Festival to benefit benefit “Friends of Blue Spring State Park” at Valentine Park. This includes a free shuttle excursion to see manatees at Blue Spring State Park.

    • Highlight: x
    • When: January 26th & 27th, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    • Where: 1595 West French Ave, Orange City, Florida
    • Cost: $8/adults, $2/children 4-10, $10/dog, free/children under 3.

3. Moonlight Night Hike

Celebrate the moon at Dade Battlefield Historic State Park as you walk on the nature trails. You listen for frogs, look for bats swooping overhead and try and see the outline of an owl’s wings in the night sky. Make sure you dress for weather and carry a flashlight and insect repellant.

    • Highlight: Learn about creatures of the night.
    • When: Saturday, January 26th, 2013. 6 to  8 pm
    • Where: 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell, Florida 33513
    • Cost: $3/car load (maximum eight people)

Tell us…

Which of these outdoor events would you do during the holiday season?