Ragnar Trail Relay Race @ Alafia River State ParkFriday, December 8, 2017 - 8:30am EST to Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 11:45pm EST
park fees are covered in registration
Introducing Ragnar Trail Alafia River-FL presented by Salomon. About 30 miles southeast of Tampa, lies a trail lovers playground known as Alafia River State Park. Teams of 8 (or 4) runners run relay-style on a set of trails that start and finish at Ragnar Village. Like your favorite Disney rollercoaster, the trails at Alafia River will bring you on a ride of a lifetime as they loop, swoop and dive through a tropical paradise. (Your legs and lungs will scream!). When you’re not running past emerald green pools, palm trees, ferns, hardwood forests, and towering pines, you’ll kick it with your team as you camp under billions of stars overhead. Ragnar Trail is like summer camp for adults with a bonfire, s’mores and a awesome finisher medal. Mark your running calendar for Dec. 8-9, and learn what it means to find your #innerwild.
All trails are closed to general public for this event.
Please visit the event webpage for details on the event and registration. https://www.runragnar.com/event-detail/trail/alafia_river_fl
Friday Guided Hike @ Oscar Scherer State ParkFriday, December 8, 2017 - 9:00am to 10:00am EST
Free with camping or standard park entrance fee
Ranger Station 941-483-5956
Go on a guided hike with a ranger. Learn about the plants and animals around the park while exploring a trail and hearing some park stories.
Art in the Park - Basket Weaving @ Topsail Hill Preserve State ParkFriday, December 8, 2017 - 9:00am to 2:00pm CST
$35 for Basket Weaving includes instruction and all materials needed for the class. Does not include park admission which is paid at Ranger Station upon entry to the park.
email@example.com or www.topsailparkfriends.org
Join Carol Dickson for an opportunity to create a work of art. Each month a different technique will be used. Class include all materials needed. Regular park admission applies and is paid at ranger station on the day of class. All classes need a minimum of 5 participants to occur. Classes are limited to 10 participants. Participants must be at least 12 years of age. Registration is due 7 days before class date and can be done in the park store or online at www.topsailparkfriends.org. For questions email the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the park store.
Walk On The Wild Side @ Lovers Key State ParkFriday, December 8, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am EST
Regular Entrance Fees Apply
Take a mile-long guided hike along our Black Island Trail with a Park Ranger to learn about the fascinating vegetation and wildlife that reside in this maritime hammock. Due to limited space, reservations are required. Call 239-463-4588.
Junior Ranger Program @ Paynes Prairie Preserve State ParkFriday, December 8, 2017 - 10:00am to 3:00pm EST
The program is free with park entry and for annual park pass holders.
Ranger Station: (352) 466 - 3397
Come visit our Junior Ranger table from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Learn how to become a Junior Ranger and join us for lots of cool nature activities! Children can complete the Junior Ranger CORE activities, collect passport stamps, and earn an official Junior Ranger badge, patch, or pin! Junior Ranger activities are appropriate for children aged 6 and up, but we will also have critter coloring pages and smokey bear stories available for all ages.
No reservation required. Meet us inside the visitor center located within the main park entrance, off US 441 in Micanopy.
Guided Nature Walk @ John D. MacArthur Beach State ParkFriday, December 8, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am EST
Free with park admission.
Join us for a guided exploration of MacArthur Beach State Park daily at 10:00 a.m. Meet in front of the Park's Nature Center.
Bring a water bottle, sunscreen and insect repellant.
Sunset Paddle Tour @ Oleta River State ParkFriday, December 8, 2017 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm EST
The Tour is 2 hours long and $35.00 per Adult or $25.00 per College Student.
Have you ever gone Kayaking at night? Sunset Kayak/SUP Tours are available every Friday evening at the BG Oleta River Outdoor Center. We paddle for 1 hour before arriving at Sandspur Island where we will take a break and watch the sun go down. Once the sun has set, your Guide will turn on bright colorful lights located on the front and back of your Kayak or SUP before a 30 minute paddle back to the Outdoor Center.
Old Tyme Christmas at the Ruins- Canceled @ Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State ParkFriday, December 8, 2017 - 5:00pm to 9:00pm EST
Entrance fees are $5.00 per adult and $2.00 per child (6 yrs and under are FREE).
This event has been canceled due to flood conditions.
Santa Over the Rainbow @ Rainbow Springs State ParkFriday, December 8, 2017 - 6:00pm EST to Sunday, December 10, 2017 - 8:30pm EST
Event is free with park admission ($2.00/person)
Ranger Station 352-465-8555
Due to predicted inclement weather, Santa Over the Rainbow has been cancelled Friday night, December 8, 2017. The event will continue Saturday and Sunday, December 9th and 10th.
The Friends of Rainbow Springs are proud to present Santa Over the Rainbow 2017. Bring the whole family to Rainbow Springs State Park for an evening extravaganza. Christmas lights will illuminate the park and welcome Santa, who arrives at 7:00pm on the river via his pontoon sleigh boat! Photos with Santa for sale. Enjoy food, music, and an array of crafts and gifts. No pets please.
Candlelight Event @ Fort Foster State Historic SiteFriday, December 8, 2017 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm EST
Ages 13 and up, $5.00 donation. Ages 12 and under are FREE.
Foster Historic Site brings the holiday season on the Florida Frontier to life! Visitors follow a lantern-lit trail through the military fort and Seminole camp. Along the way, guests will encounter musicians, living history scenarios, and refreshments. A battle reenactment on Friday, December 8th, and Saturday, December 9th, will take place after 8:00 pm. Come witness the drama as the Seminoles attempt to burn the bridge crossing the Hillsborough River, while soldiers and militiamen will try to defend it. This living history program will truly take you back in time.
The Fort Foster State Historic Site is located adjacent to Hillsborough River State Park on U.S. 301 North, 9 miles north of Fowler Avenue and 6 miles south of Zephyrhills.
All proceeds benefit the Hillsborough River State Park Preservation Society.
Night of Lights @ Fort Cooper State ParkFriday, December 8, 2017 - 6:00pm EST to Sunday, December 10, 2017 - 8:15pm EST
Non-perishable food item or an unwrapped toy for the Citrus United Basket of Inverness, or pet food for the Citrus County Animal Services.
For further information, call 352-726-0315
Come enjoy the magic and mystery of the holiday season during the annual Nights of Lights, sponsored by the Friends of Fort Cooper, December 8th - 10th from 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. The trails, trees, pavilion and Recreation Hall will be decked out in holiday decorations. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will welcome children each night at the Rec Hall. Roast marshmallows and make s'mores Friday and Saturday. Refreshments will be served all three nights in the park pavilion and holiday music can be enjoyed along the trails.
In lieu of an entrance fee, please bring a non-perishable food item or an unwrapped toy for the Citrus United Basket of Inverness or pet food for the Citrus County Animal services. Last year, over 3,500 people attended this popular event and provided over 3,800 pounds of groceries, 60 toy donations and over 600 pounds of pet food. The Friends of Fort Cooper, the Citizen Support Organization for the State Park, hope to surpass these numbers this year!
Movie Night @ Oscar Scherer State ParkFriday, December 8, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm EST
Free for registered campers
Ranger Station 941-483-5956
Join your fellow campers and watch a movie together. Be sure to put in your vote for which movie. Options displayed in the Ranger Station and at the Nature Center weekly. Refreshments provided. Campers may bring their own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. Program is for registered campers only as it takes place after hours. Located in the Nature Center.
Winter Waterland @ Weeki Wachee Springs State ParkFriday, December 8, 2017 - 7:00pm to 11:00pm EST
$8 for adults and $5 for kids ages 6-12. Kids five and under are free.
The Friends of Weeki Wachee Springs State Park proudly host the annual holiday festival, Winter Waterland 2017. The event is December 8-9 & 15-16, from 7-11 PM. Admission is only $8 for adults, and $5 for kids ages 6-12. Kids five and under are free. State Park annual passes do not apply, as this is a fundraising event by the Friends of Weeki Wachee.
Activities include the World-Famous Weeki Wachee Mermaids performing a holiday-themed performance (Polar Express), “Mermaid Express” (River Cruise), “Illumination of Lights” Light Show, Live Nativity,and more! And of course, Santa and his mermaid elves will be available for pictures.
You can purchase tickets for this event in advance by visiting the main gate at the park between 9 AM- 4 PM. Phone or online ticket sales are NOT available.
This is a Friends event. Park passes do not apply.
Eco Fitness Classes @ Oleta River State ParkSaturday, December 9, 2017 (All day)
"By combining health-fitness with outdoor recreation, Eco Fitness appeals to those seeking to increase time spent exercising and connecting with nature. Through a strategically formulated exercise regimen, participants will see adaptation to their physical abilities as well as an increase in their love for the great outdoors.
Eco Fitness Classes incorporate Kayaking/Stand Up Paddleboarding, Mountain Biking, Swimming and Plyometrics over the course of 2 hours for the low price of $40.00 per class.
Classes are held the first 2 weeks of the month; Wednesday evenings, Friday and Saturday mornings."
Please Contact BG Oleta River Outdoors for exact times.
Legendary Sirens Perform @ Weeki Wachee Springs State ParkSaturday, December 9, 2017 (All day) to Sunday, December 10, 2017 (All day)
Included with the price of admission.
The Legendary Sirens show include performers representing decades from the 50’s to the 70’s.