Ooohhh! It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmaaaas… but not in Florida!
What to do, what to do?? That is Scooter’s question of the day! It’s Christmastime in Pinellas County, Florida! While our northern snowbird cousins are cursing early morning drives to work in their blocks of ice, also known as… “Cars”, we in the Sunshine State are lounging on beaches and enjoying our wild bird watching in cheerfully temperate sunrooms with eggnog at the ready. Not to gloat but, wait a minute… no!
Although, setting aside the friendly competition between neighbors, the north does have its perks in wintertime splendor. With snow-covered trees and picturesque Christmas scenes only a poet could describe… it’s hard to balance a beautiful beach -marbled with sea grass and dotted with gulls- against a snowy venue adorned with prancing “Scooter” relations and brightly colored wild birds like Cardinals and Jays. But, we will always have the advantage in our ability to navigate our Florida roads when company arrives for holiday visits.
Want to entertain the family troops while they visit Florida for the Christmas holiday? Have a nature lover or bird watcher in the group? Our activities abound, largely unhindered by weather!
Between Largo, Clearwater, Tampa, St. Pete and the surrounding Pinellas areas, keeping Florida’s holiday visitors entertained is as easy as feeding a gull on the beach… minus the artful dodging and bodily contortions, of course.
Look here to find some fun and interesting things to do when the rest of your fledglings migrate to Florida for this season’s Christmas holiday!
Brooker Creek Preserve’s, “Birds of Brooker Creek Hike” in Tarpon Springs:
December 14th, 2013, 8 – 10:30 a.m.
- Perfect for bird-lovers and nature enthusiasts alike, this is especially nice for those looking to enjoy an educational afternoon on an interesting stroll looking at wild birds and learning about Florida’s unlimited natural habitat. Located in Tarpon Springs, Florida, it covers a wide variety of Florida’s native bird populations and will help you to identify the many feathered visitors that frequent Florida’s backyard habitat feeders and bird houses. According to the Brooker Creek site, the hike is approximately one-mile long and they suggest you bring some water and binoculars to make sure you don’t miss any wild life views!
The Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo
Open every day from 7 a.m. ‘til dusk
- Located in Largo and home to three of Florida’s endangered species including the Bald Eagle, Sherman Fox Squirrel and Gopher Tortoises, the Florida Botanical Gardens boasts 90 acres of Florida’s beautiful native habitat and wildlife. Offering several gardens including a succulent, butterfly and bromeliad, a leisurely stroll is as easy as asking your holiday visitors which path they’d like to take! An especially nice addition for younger visitors is the Children’s Trail. Using a map provided at the garden’s welcome center or downloadable via their site, families are hosted by “Flora”, the Children’s Trail mascot. Let Flora be your guide through the butterfly garden, to the tree station and over to the fruit garden as Flora discusses the many wondrous details of each venue.
Moccasin Lake Nature Park Science and Nature Safari Holiday Camp in Clearwater
December 23-24, 26-27th / Dec. 30th – the 31st, January 2nd to the 3rd.
8 a.m. to 5: 30 p.m.
Registration and applicable fees for the Nature Safari Holiday Camp can be found onsite @ http://www.myclearwater.com
- Suggested for bird-loving children ages 6-12, Moccasin Lake Nature Park in Clearwater, Florida offers its Science and Nature Safari Holiday Camp. Featuring hands-on encounters with some of Florida’s wild birds and animals, as well as providing a day full of crafts, games and science with nature-based learning projects, Moccasin Lake Nature Park’s December offerings are perfect for the child out of school during the holidays or visiting Florida family from out of town.
These are just a few of the delightful activities that the Pinellas County area has to offer its native bird watching residents and their visiting family during the Christmas and Holiday season. If you’d really like to make our northern cousins jealous, pop into your local Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in Clearwater/Safety Harbor, Florida for information on even more great seasonal and Christmastime activities perfect for the bird-lover in your group!