Florida’s Wild Beauty: An Up-Close Adventure on the Nature Coast

Immerse yourself in nature and get up close to wildlife like manatees and alligators along Florida’s Nature Coast as you explore forests and rivers on nature walks and boat rides.
Rating (4.5)
Program No. 23621RJ
6 days
Starts at

At a Glance

This up-close wildlife exploration of Florida’s stunning Nature Coast will take you to Goethe State Forest, Three Sisters Spring and Crystal River. Learn about wildlife photography and get lots of opportunities to photograph wildlife in the field on nature walks and boat rides. Watch for woodpeckers and herons and try to spot alligators and manatees. Find out about ancient river dwellers and Florida sinkholes. Plus, take advantage of the serene setting of Chinsegut as you take in panoramic sunsets from the manor house porch and share stories by the fire.

For an easy travel experience...

We offer extra hotel nights before or after this program.

Lodging in Chinsegut Hill Retreat Center

Call to enroll and get an extra two nights of accommodations for free after your program to further experience the wild beauty of Florida’s Nature Coast.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles throughout the day; some uneven terrain. Boarding bus.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Meander through the old growth cypress trees at Goethe State Forest on birding nature walks.
  • Glide along Crystal River by boat to learn about and spot a variety of local wildlife, like manatees, turtles and egrets.
  • Learn about the ancient river dwellers at Crystal River Archaeological Park’s burial mounds — a National Historic Landmark.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a single room to yourself for only $100 more (for many programs).
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