Florida Fun Under the Moonlight

By: Kevin Mims


We all know Florida is the Sunshine State, but there’s a whole lot to see and do after the sun goes down. Here are some upcoming events I think you’ll like:

·      Moonlight Bike Ride at Myakka River State Park at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16. Ride an easy 10 miles and see the sunset across Big Flats. Info: http://www.floridastateparks.org/myakkariver/events.cfm

·      Full Moon Beach Hike at Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15. This is an easy, guided hike that will allow you to learn all about how the moon affects the tidal ecosystem. Info: http://www.floridastateparks.org/gamblerogers/events.cfm.

·      Moon Over the Mounds and Open House at Crystal River Archaeological State Park at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17. Let a guide teach you about this fascinating pre-Columbian site.  Get there early for the open house from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Info: http://www.floridastateparks.org/crystalriverarchaeological/events.cfm

·      Creatures of the Night – Luna Moth at Faver-Dykes State Park at 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17. Take part in this hour-long, ranger-led group activity that will teach participants about the nocturnal luna moth. The event includes an easy, half-mile walk through luna moth habitat. Info: http://www.floridastateparks.org/faverdykes/events.cfm.

All of these spots are fantastic wildlife viewing locations, and these events make it possible to get a chance to check out some species that you rarely see during the daylight hours. Don’t miss them!

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