Enjoy Warm Inverness Weather at Beaches & Parks

Enjoy Inverness weather at the beaches and parks of this beautiful region. BBOnline has compiled a list of these hotspots to make your vacation complete.

Fort Cooper State Park
3100 South Old Floral City Road
Inverness, Florida 34450
(352) 726-0315
www.floridastateparks.org

The park's history goes back to 1836 when a makeshift fort sheltered soldiers from the attacks of the Seminole Indians. Perched on the shores of Lake Holathlikaha, the park is on the National Register of Historic Places. Come here for birding, hiking, biking and camping.

It even has a lakeside beach offering boat tours and opportunities for swimming, kayaking and canoeing on Lake Holathilikaha. Wildlife here includes bob cat, opossum and white-tailed deer. The park affords access to the Withlacoochee State Trail.

Whispering Pines Park

1700 Forest Drive
Inverness, Florida 34453
(352) 726-3913
www.fl-inverness.civicplus.com

Pine and hardwood trees abound in this 290-acre park. It's a great place for hikers with its many nature trails and also offers a connection to the Withlacoochee State Trail. Sport enthusiasts come here for tennis, racquetball and basketball. Kids will love "Puddle in the Pines" which features a zero depth water playground. Just the right place to enjoy Inverness weather and minutes away from your Inverness Bed and Breakfast

Hernando Beach
Florida 34607

Just about 8 miles away, this beach has parking nearby and offers facilities for swimming, water skiing and picnicking. It's a pretty secluded place with great views of the beautiful Florida seaboard. The Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park is close by.

Liberty Park
286 North Apopka Avenue
Inverness, Florida 34450
www.inverness-fl.gov

Located on the shores of Lake Henderson, this park is minutes away from downtown Inverness. It's a popular place for picnics with its grills and picnic tables. And there's the Withlacoochee State Trail for hiking or biking as well as a volleyball court. You can also go canoeing or kayaking on the lake.

Fort Island Trail Beach
16000 W. Fort Island Trail
Crystal River, Florida 34429

This small 1000-foot saltwater beach at the end of the Fort Island Trail is a safe place for weak swimmers. There's a free public boat launch and free parking as well as a boardwalk that leads to the fishing pier. You'll enjoy the drive to this beach through saltwater marshes and views of the Crystal River and the Gulf of Mexico. Great place for a picnic and a swim during your Inverness Inn stay. 

Dade Battlefield Memorial State Park
7200 County Road
603 Bushnell, Florida 33513
(352) 793-4781
www.floridastateparks.org

About 16 miles from Inverness, this 80-acre park attracts plenty of history buffs every January with its fascinating re-enactment of the Second Seminole War. The event also draws vendors selling Native American and period items, so look out for some interesting curios and take advantage of the warm Inverness weather. The park is a memorial to the soldiers who were ambushed on this site by Indian warriors in 1835.  

On the half-mile nature trail, you'll see a variety of wild creatures such as gopher tortoises, songbirds and woodpeckers. If you miss the battle drama, you can always catch the displays and video at the visitor center. You can get a sense of the battle walking the battlefield trail which has interpretive labels and monuments. The park is a wonderful place for picnics.