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Pasco County operates this regional park near the Withlacoochee River. The District provides the county with the use of 146 acres of the Green Swamp to accommodate riverfront access for the canoe launch, dock and 1.5 miles of hiking trails. The Withlacoochee River Park offers visitors access to a wild and scenic portion of the river and a mosaic of habitat communities, from high sandhills to low riverine swamp.

Park Amenities

  • 406 Acres
  • Fishing Access / Pier / Dock / Boardwalk
  • Picnic Area / Shelters / Pavilion
  • Observation Tower
  • Playground / Restrooms
  • Canoe / Kayak Access
  • Trails (Nature and All-Purpose Paved)
  • Camping / RV Area
  • Open Space

Fishing & Boating

The park includes a canoe/kayak dock right on the Withlacoochee River where you can launch your canoe or kayak or cast a line from the pier and go fishing. The annual Fall Family Fishing Festival is held at the park in the beginning of November where you can get fishing tips, learn how to cast, meet others that have the same interest and we also provide lunch and door prizes. It’s an event the whole family can enjoy. Fishing is permitted along the river. You have to be 16 years old and above as well as have a valid Florida fishing license to participate.

The Archbold Biological Station is located about 9 miles from Paradise Village. The station is is one of the most renowned in the world and is dedicated to long-term ecological research. It is part of the global effort to understand, interpret and preserve the world’s natural heritage. Ranging from the pristine, ancient sand dunes of the Lake Wales Ridge to the waters, wetlands, and wildlife of the vast open ranch-lands, the health of the headwaters affects millions of Floridians. The Archbold Biological Station is one of the most important in America, and its scientists fight to build a sustainable future for Florida.

Data

Archbold manages and distributes a wide range of climatologic, hydrologic, atmospheric, and biotic research that detects global trends. Their long-term goal is to have comprehensive metadata/data from monitoring and research programs available over the Internet. Archbold has comprehensive species lists for many plants and animals, and holding lists for the biological collection.

Land Management

Archbold Biological Station manages about 8,600 acres of land in south-central Florida. The 5,000-acre Station property is preserved as a matrix of pristine native habitats, including oak and rosemary scrubs, sandhills, pine flatwoods, cutthroat seeps and seasonal wetlands. The other 3,600-acres contain both natural areas and extensive cattle pastures.

Education

Another dedication of Archbold Biological Station is sharing its knowledge and habitat with students of many ages. From as young as third grade through continuing adults, the Station provides environmental education opportunities. There are four daily programs presented by the teacher and developed by Archbold, followed by a full-day visit to the Station. More than 1,300 children participate in this program annually. The Station also conducts a summer day camp,, for children (ages 7-12).

Visit Today

Paradise Village is only a 15 minute drive from this historic attraction. Whether you love nature, conservation, science, history or living green, visiting Archbold is a great way to learn, relax, and enjoy a unique atmosphere. You can sign in by completing the Release of Liability form at the Welcome Office or pick up a brochure or nature trail guidebook to begin your adventure.

There’s a lot to explore in the areas around you. This attraction is a great way to learn more about your surrounding community. Tour Lake Placid is only about 1 mile from Paradise Village 55+ community! It takes about a 5 minute drive to expand your knowledge of Lake Placid, Florida. This attraction offers guests more than just history. Dive into what makes this town special by paying it a quick visit.

The Town of Murals

The Lake Placid Mural Society formed this attraction to beautify the town and tell its history. The Town of Murals is an outdoor art gallery with over 47 larger than life murals! Interestingly, some of these murals have sound, while most of them have hidden items.  The murals are designed along with companion pieces such as 17 one-of-a-kind trash containers. Other design pieces found in the Town of Murals include 45 bird plaques, over 27 clown cut-outs, a life-size bronze Florida black bear and so much more. In addition, guests are able to embark on tours of the area and art galleries. You can book a group tour, experience self- guided tours, or purchase a bus tour of the art galleries for only $6.

Titles and Significance

Lake Placid, Florida carries approximately 1800 residents. Surprisingly, as small as the area may be, Lake Placid is known for having a series of many titles. Due to the 27 pristine lakes found within this small town, Lake Placid is given the title of Florida’s Lake Country. With its thriving nature, there’s more than just lakes that make Lake Placid significant. It is the Caladium capital of the world! 95% of the world’s caladiums are grown right in this little town. Like stated above, Lake placid is also known as the Town of Murals.

Toby’s Clown School

In addition to the many sights found in the Town of Murals, “Tour Lake Placid” consists of the American Clown Museum and School. Since 1993, Toby’s clowns have been bringing smiles to life. Lake Placid has the distinction of having more clowns per capita than any town in Florida. Keith Stokes (also known as Toby) began spending time in Lake Placid, where he began to miss being a Shrine clown. He organized the first class of clowns and graduated 6 clowns. Now, more than 1500 clowns have graduated from the American Clown School. The mission of Toby’s Clown School is to teach the art of clowning and to spread Smiles, Love & Laughter. On the exterior walls, you will discover two of Lake Placid’s famous murals. One is “Toby’s First Clown Class”, by Keith Goodson. The other is “The Art of Clowning”, by Monica Turner. Visit the gift-shop where you can purchase souvenirs, clothing, costumes and clown memoribilia.

The Lake Placid Country Fair

This fair is held annually on the first full weekend in February. There are over 200 arts and crafts booths, plenty of food and continuous entertainment.  The two-day event draws thousands of visitors, and has become one of the largest in the state. You can also take a shuttle van to the cafeteria of the Lake Placid Elementary School, where the best artists and crafters present their work to be judged.

Visit Lake Placid

There is a lot to explore even in a little town. During your stay at Paradise Village, pay a visit to some of the nearest attractions. Combine our community amenities with those found around the area. “Tour Lake Placid” is the first step to getting involved.



Going for a walk on your own can give you a chance to meditate. In some cases, it’s good to have “you” time, but otherwise, life is built on good relationships. And memories are stored through bonding experiences. Whenever you find yourself not knowing what to do, grab your friends and family and take a trip to the outdoors. Explore the beauty and vastness of nature. With fun and adventurous ideas, you can turn an ordinary nature trail walk into a moment you’ll never forget. There are tons of activities to invest in, especially if you have children tagging along. Here are some ideas on how to spice up your nature trail walk.

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Walking through a nature trail can be so much more than just a walk. Taking your time to focus on the beauty of the scenery makes it even better. Meditating or observing the insects and plants in their natural habitat can be a way to relax and bring peace to your experience. Grab your friends and family and explore some of the things you can do before, during, and after a nature walk. Below are some ideas!

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4931 S Peninsula Dr, Ponce Inlet, FL 32127

The Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum Preservation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and dissemination of the maritime and social history of the Ponce De Leon Inlet Light Station. Consequently, their main mission is to preserve and spread the maritime and social history of the Light Station. Because the Museum is located about 30 miles from Sugar Mill Mobile Home & RV Park, it is a great place to visit with friends and family.Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse Museum

Educational Programs

In addition to the exhibits found in the museum, the Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum also provides its visitors with the opportunity to participate in various educational activities and workshops throughout the year. The activities are designed for all age groups. Some include on-site educational workshops. Each activity provides a fun and interactive way for guests to make the most of their visit to this important National Historic Landmark.

Special Lighthouse Events

Membership to the lighthouse & museum can come in handy. Frequently, the association schedules special events throughout the year that require membership or preregistration for participation. Some of the events include exhibit openings, fundraisers, and special interest group tours. The two most popular events are the “Climb to the Moon” and “Climb with the Keepers”. During the “Climb to the Moon,” visitors are able to see the full moon rise above the Atlantic Ocean. It takes place from the breathtaking view of the lighthouse tower. While on “Climb with the Keepers,” leaders give participants a personal tour of the entire Lighthouse. The tour also includes many other private areas. Visit the website for further information on pricing and reservations.

Hours and Admission

The Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum is publicly open seven days a week except on special holidays. Access to the tower is also available and depends on weather conditions. Check out the calendar of events on their website. Make sure you’re aware of the tower’s accessibility on the date and time of your visit. For special admission, the association offers different memberships that allow discounts and participatory benefits.

Go out into the Community

Sugar Mill Mobile Home and RV Park is not only a great place for you and your family, but it also offers quick access to fun local attractions. So make sure to get out and explore what surrounds our community. Contact us today, read about our property, and reserve a spot for your family.

4150 S Suncoast Blvd, Homosassa, FL 34446Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

At Garber Communities we pride ourselves on our dedication to providing great quality and lifestyle. But the best part of our RV resorts is their location. We acquire properties that are unique, so our residents and visitors can have a unique experience. To that end, Orchid Lake RV Resort is deemed as a hidden gem in the Tampa Bay area. Boasting a beautiful lake, gathering spots, and monthly events, Orchid Lake is also near fun attractions. Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park is one of them. Only 37 miles from our community, Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park is one of Florida’s State Parks where you can see endangered Florida species and more.

 

Into the Wild

Journey into the wild at this state park and experience the wild side of Florida. This park has a showcase of local flora and fauna, and beautiful springs. If you are a nature lover or avid hiker, don’t miss what Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park has to offer! With daily Manatee Tours, Wildlife Encounter programs, or Alligator/Hippopotamus program, this state park provides an educational and fun experience to its visitors.

Go Hiking

A 1.1 mile trail awaits you! The beautiful trail that winds the park offers paved trails and elevated boardwalk systems. This is the perfect place to make the most of your nature walk. Also, you can take a break and picnic in the many designated picnic areas throughout the park. Or, if you prefer, you can go birding in the .75-mile Pepper Creek Trail at the park.

Get Hitched

Yes, you read it right! Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park is also a wedding venue. The headspring of the Homosassa River serves as a backdrop to provide a heart-stopping scene. And some of the outdoor wedding options are the gazebo, or the river and garden pavilion. Couples may also choose to have the wedding inside at their Pepper Creek Terrace Space.

Go on an Adventure with Us

Our properties at Garber Communities provide an environment that is conducive to community and tranquility. And at Orchid Lakes RV Resort, residents and visitors enjoy both of these qualities. So come visit us online and learn about our community. Make a reservation today and experience the adventure life is!