Tidewater Tours celebrates the colorful history and exotic wildlife of the Cedar Key area with its Island Tour. Nautical novices forgo gill implants and instead explore the outer islands of the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge via a spacious Coast Guard-inspected vessel guided by a certified, knowledgeable captain. Tours include narration and a question-and-answer period. As the boat cruises along the waterways, passengers scan the tidal marshes for a maritime menagerie of water-savvy critters such as dolphins, sea turtles, and rare horse-size seahorses. Depending on the season, the tours also offer potential glimpses of a number of birds. Each Island Tour trip usually makes a stop on at least one of the remote islands, allowing passengers to stretch their sea legs and converse with volleyballs that have washed up on the shore.
Captain Bear Smith leads intrepid crews of up to four guests on fishing charters down the scenic Crystal River. Forgoing the need for GPS or inquisitive text messages to Aquaman, amateur anglers can rely on Captain Smith's 15 years of experience as he guides his specially modified vessel on a four-hour excursion. Guests use the provided bait and tackle to attract a wide range of species including redfish, cobia, gag grouper, and mangrove snapper—click here to see stellar examples of past voyages' catches. Guests should bring a light jacket, sunscreen, a packed lunch, and a container to take home any caught fish. Start times will vary depending on the customers’ desired catch and fishes’ erratic lunch schedules.
Skyview Golf & Country Club’s 18-hole, par 72 course unfurls an emerald map of fairways and greens that span 7,142 yards of lakeside scenery. With four sets of tees, the course offers up a fun, par-hunting test for golfers of all stripes. The club complements its 18-hole masterpath with a staff of instructors led by Director of Golf Peter J. Summers, from whom golfers can gain swing-honing wisdom in on-site lessons.
In Western parlance, Goldiggers & Gunslingers is a veritable bonanza. Though Florida may be its home, this hub for fine jewelry and rugged Western wear clearly draws its inspiration from the frontier. Display cases sparkle with jewelry collections from makers such as Dabakarov and Odelia, behind which jewelers stand ready to perform repair and restoration services. The twinkly charms pair well with its line of bold cowboy garbs, such as rhinestone-bedazzled Nocona Belts and flashy Miss Me jeans. Of course, no outfit would be complete without a pair of flashy leather boots to trudge through the grizzled badlands or kick tumbleweeds out of the line dance. To that end, they carry men's and women's boots from a handful of manufacturers, including Ariat, Dan Post, and Stetson.
Nature Coast SUP Stand-up Paddleboarding arms wave navigators with the paddles, vessels, and skills necessary to have safe and inspiring paddling experiences. Riders learn the basics of paddling in introductory classes before taking their boards out for peaceful traverses about the waters of Crystal River and Pine Island. Seasoned surf-goers can rent paddleboards for solo jaunts along the water's surface. While darting about, paddlers will be able to look down through the clear waters and see the local wildlife, including the possible chance to spot some of the Florida manatees that flock to the area's temperate weather and all-inclusive reef resorts during the winter.
The nine holes of Point O' Woods Golf Club cluster around a single elongated lake, so water is never far from the golf balls?and minds?of players on this par 30 course. What the course lacks in yardage, par 5 holes, and surprise trap doors it makes up for in scenery, dominated by rolling emerald hills and aquatic wildlife. Its emphasis on the short game makes it a prime spot for seasoned golfers to work on touch around the greens and novices to make a smooth foray into the game by focusing on its most important facets: putting and building a smooth stroke.