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It can be even harder when you are new to an area or just don’t know what is around for the kids to do.
By Brian Mullany
There is no job tougher than being a parent. It can be even harder when you are new to an area or just don’t know what is around for the kids to do. Here is a list of the top five free things to do with your children, for the next time they tell you “I’m bored” or “there’s nothing to do."
Children of all ages can appreciate the atmosphere here. There is a large playground equipped with slides, swings, and even a small rock wall. There is plenty of space for everyone to dig their toes into the sand. The park is also equipped with grills and picnic tables to facilitate all of your family’s lunchtime and picnic needs. The best part is, when your kids get tired of the playground there is a beautiful walking path that leads down the water, over to Liberty Park for more fun in the sun.
Choose your trail wisely as some of the trails are not for beginners. The distance of these trails can range from half a mile to several miles. However, with hiking paths located in Whispering Pines City Park, Withlacoochee State Forest, and Potts Preserve, multiple hours of nature, fun, and the outdoors can be had. Trail maps can be found online or in person at the trailheads.
Liberty Park, 286 N. Apopka Ave., Inverness, Florida. Is the crown jewel of Inverness. Every year Inverness uses this park to host several free events. Included in these events is Cooter Fest which brings family friendly live music to Inverness as well as carnival rides and other activities for everyone to enjoy. When the park is not playing host to inverness’ events it is still a wonderful place to bring the kids. Children will be able to enjoy playing in the sun along the banks of Lake Henderson or playing Volleyball in either of the two white sand pitches. With its wide open field Liberty Park is perfect for flying kites, throwing around a ball, or picnicking in the sun.
Old Historic Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Square, Inverness, Florida. Originally built in 1912, the historic courthouse is the city’s biggest tourist site and is home to the Citrus County Heritage Society. Elvis himself used the upstairs courtroom while filming his movie “Follow That Dream”. The historic courthouse makes for a great family outing that is both fun and educational. Parents and children can both learn the history of Citrus County in a fun and entertaining way. The staff is made up of volunteers from throughout the county, many of them have lived there entire lives here, know the history better than anyone.
Whispering Pines City Park, 1700 Forest Drive, Inverness, Florida. In the center of Whispering Pines City Park located next to the city’s biggest playground is the Whispering Pines Splash Park. This little gem is wonderful for children from small to large. Children can enjoy the water to slash around in and cool down, and parents can enjoy the shade of the pavilion adjacent to the splash park equipped with picnic tables and grills. This little park highlights what’s best about the city of inverness, allowing families the time and space to spend together.