Inverness, Florida was named after its Scottish counterpart, and it’s not hard to see why. Bordered by lakes and forests, the city is a great destination for golf lovers and outdoor enthusiasts, and offers a relaxing getaway that is also within touching distance of the big cities of Tampa and Orlando. Why not make Inverness, on Florida’s North Central Gulf Coast your next holiday destination?
A wide range of outdoor activities are available in the beautiful surrounding countryside. No less than eleven parks are within a short distance of the town centre, and you can follow the nature trail at Cooter Pond Park, enjoy a spot of fishing at Hillcrest Park or go canoeing or kayaking on the lake at Liberty Park, plus a lot more.
Inverness is also the place to head to if you are a golf enthusiast. Several courses are dotted around the area, including the Lakeside golf and Country Club, and courses at Citrus Springs, Miona Lake and Silver Springs Shores. Many holiday rental accommodations include an unlimited amount of golf and green fees, so you can play as much as you like during your vacation.
Inverness is the regions hub for events and activities. The Citrus County Speedway has an eight-figure course and plays host to regular events, angling and hunting can be enjoyed on the Tsala-Apopka lakes, and canoeing is a popular activity on the Withlacoochee River. The Great American Cooter Festival is also held once a year, and combines sports, concerts, competitions and a friendly atmosphere that is enjoyed by tourists and locals alike.
The downtown area combines history and charm, and the lovingly-restored 1912 courthouse is the epitome of this. Also downtown are a number of restaurants, boutiques, antique shops and period buildings, making the area great for a leisurely stroll.
Depending on how far you are prepared to travel, there are several other cities and towns of interest within a short drive of Inverness. Spring Hill, 31 miles away, is home to several beautiful parks and Botanical Gardens, whilst the great beaches, arts, entertainment and nightlife of Tampa are further south. Closer to home, Crystal River Preserve State Park is just 28 miles away, and offers 30,000 acres of hiking, cycling, canoeing, fishing and wildlife spotting.
Florida is known as the ‘Sunshine State’ for a reason. As the city lies north of Lake Okeechobee, the climate in the Inverness area is a humid subtropical one, with summer temperatures reaching up to 32°C, and winters rarely below 20°C, meaning any time is a good time for a holiday rental in Inverness, Florida.
There are several airports dotted around the state of Florida, but the best options for getting to Inverness are to fly to either Tampa (TPA) or Orlando (MCO) – from both of which it is around one and a half hours drive to your chosen accommodation. British Airways and KLM are just two of the airlines that make both of these journeys from the UK.