CULTURE & LIFESTYLE

Life in Citrus County

Swim with the manatees, bike the extensive trail system, golf an award winning course, reel in the “Big One” on one of our scenic rivers, or just relax in front of a gorgeous sunset. Surf and turf activities, festivals and events abound in Citrus County, one-quarter of which is water and boasts just over 150,000 citizens.

The county features natural springs, seven rivers, a wildlife reserve and forest affording limitless recreational opportunities. Citrus County offers a rich tradition of commercial activity and tourism supported by its superb access to two world class airports in Tampa and Orlando both nearby via turnpikes.

It’s all within reach

They call it the Nature Coast but we’re just a stone’s throw from the Tampa Bay area and Orlando.

We have easy access to major airports, cruise ports, sports and entertainment venues and the best beaches in the Sunshine State.

It’s all within reach

They call it the Nature Coast but we’re just a stone’s throw from the Tampa Bay area and Orlando.

We have easy access to major airports, cruise ports, sports and entertainment venues and the best beaches in the Sunshine State.

It’s all within reach

They call it the Nature Coast but we’re just a stone’s throw from the Tampa Bay area and Orlando.

We have easy access to major airports, cruise ports, sports and entertainment venues and the best beaches in the Sunshine State.

Get out there

Our natural environment encourages you to get out and enjoy the great outdoors on both land and water.

Citrus County features eight spring fed rivers, three first magnitude springs, thousands of acres of lakes, a gulf beach and some of the best scalloping in the world. We have over 35 parks, with the hub of the 46-mile Withlacoochee State Trail running through Inverness, a state forest, two wildlife refuges and a state wildlife park. 

The county is also home to three historical sites, a number of museums and the Art Center of Citrus County, the cultural center of the county.

Get out there

Our natural environment encourages you to get out and enjoy the great outdoors on both land and water.

Citrus County features eight spring fed rivers, three first magnitude springs, thousands of acres of lakes, a gulf beach and some of the best scalloping in the world. We have over 35 parks, with the hub of the 46-mile Withlacoochee State Trail running through Inverness, a state forest, two wildlife refuges and a state wildlife park.

The county is also home to three historical sites, a number of museums and the Art Center of Citrus County, the cultural center of the county.

Festivals and events

Due to our great year-round weather, Citrus County is home to a full slate of events and festivals throughout the year. Check out a few of our most popular below

January

FLORIDA MANATEE FESTIVAL

One of Florida’s marquee winter festivals, the Florida Manatee Festival comes at the peak of manatee season in the Manatee Capital of the World. Take a boat ride on Kings Bay, visit the manatees at world famous Three Sisters Springs, and strap yourself in for a full weekend of food, fun, and music along historic Citrus Avenue.

March

FLORAL CITY STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL

Spring comes early in Florida, and so do the fresh strawberries at this quintessential celebration of the season in the perfect Florida setting: the magnificent oaks of Floral City. From shortcake and pies to strawberry milkshakes, music, and more, you’ll leave with a spring in your step and one happy tummy.

October

COOTER FESTIVAL 3-DAY MUSIC FEST

The year’s premier music fest, Cooter Festival is a three-day emerging event that gained nationwide notoriety on “The Daily Show” in its inaugural year.

The belle of the ball is the cooter pond turtle, which is celebrated with turtle races, incredible live music, water shows, fireworks, and more.

November

HOMOSASSA ARTS CRAFTS & SEAFOOD FESTIVAL

One of the Gulf Coast’s top fall events, this festival is a celebration of the joy of life along Florida’s Gulf Coast in one of the state’s oldest communities: the waterfront village of Old Homosassa. Seafood always takes center stage, but original art, authentic Florida crafts, and lively music make for a fabulous weekend of fun.

February

Highland Craft Brew Festival

This premier beer event showcases the skills of Floridian home-brewers and microbreweries alike. The yearly bash hosts thousands of attendees who come for the beer but stay for the competition. Imbibers can vote throughout the night for their favorite home-brew beverages. Don’t forget to check out the live music and delicious food trucks!

April

THE TASTE

This long-established festival, which welcomes top chefs to compete in a qualifier for the World Food Championship, recently began to prominently feature craft beer. Festival visitors are able to select beers à la carte or upgrade to a wristband for an enhanced experience.

Manatee Capital of the World

Crystal River and nearby Homosassa are the only places in the USA where you can legally swim with manatees, a sanctuary that’s home to 25 percent of the U.S. population.

The area’s many guides are trained to make the experience fun and educational for visitors while treating this threatened species with care and respect.

Our Cities, Towns & Communities

Inverness "Small Town Done Right"

Inverness is the commercial hub, county seat, and largest town in Florida’s Citrus County. Anchored by Old Courthouse Square, its lively downtown is full of restaurants and shops flanked by the fabulous boardwalks of Lake Henderson and Cooter Pond. Cycling, fishing, great dining, and a full slate of festivals give this happy, small city its ever upbeat and active spirit. Learn more about Inverness.

Homosassa "Florida for Reel"

Historic Old Homosassa is one of Florida’s oldest fishing communities and from the beginning right up to today, life here has centered around the water—the Homosassa and Halls rivers, Mason Creek, and the Gulf of Mexico just offshore. It is an amphibious village where boats are as common as cars and trucks. From fish markets and artisan shops to legendary restaurants, Homosassa comes with the unmistakable character and taste of the Florida Gulf Coast.

Homosassa "Florida for Reel"

Historic Old Homosassa is one of Florida’s oldest fishing communities and from the beginning right up to today, life here has centered around the water—the Homosassa and Halls rivers, Mason Creek, and the Gulf of Mexico just offshore. It is an amphibious village where boats are as common as cars and trucks. From fish markets and artisan shops to legendary restaurants, Homosassa comes with the unmistakable character and taste of the Florida Gulf Coast.

Crystal River "Gem of the Nature Coast"

The city of Crystal River curves around the edges of magnificent Kings Bay and, like the hundreds of wintering manatees, bears charms both old and new. Historic districts like Heritage Village, Citrus Avenue, and Michigan Town are connected by inviting waterfront parks and trails—Hunter Springs, Kings Bay Park, the new Riverwalk, and the Crosstown Trail which leads to Three Sisters Springs Refuge. Learn more about Crystal River.

Floral City "Made in the Shade"

Elegant Old Florida charm defines this authentic small community canopied in majestic oak trees and Spanish moss. Magnificent live oaks planted more than a century ago have grown into the breathtaking Avenue of the Oaks along East Orange Avenue. Surrounding lakes, art galleries, and classic Florida food, fruit stands, and shops give this friendly small town with the Withlacoochee State Trail running right through the middle its undeniable charm.

Questions about our Lifestyle?

Contact the Citrus County Economic Development team if you have any questions about life in Citrus