Get in, get wet in Hernando County

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Get in, get wet in Hernando County

Rogers Park

7244 Shoal Line Blvd, Spring Hill, FL 34607
OPEN 24/7

Rogers Park is a 3 -acre county park located on the Weeki Wachee River. Amenities include a boat ramp, canoe launch, swimming area, showers, seasonal lifeguards, observation deck, restrooms, picnic tables and shelter, playground, barbecue grills and a volleyball court. There are also restaurants nearby, so if you don’t pack a picnic lunch you could find a meal at the Riverside Restaurant across the street or at Upper Deck across the river. Riverside is a casual diner and Upper Deck is a Bar and Grill style restaurant that overlooks the river.
There is a parking fee for the Rogers Park lot. If you’re looking for a spot to play around in the crystal clear, sandy bottom Weeki Wachee River, Roger’s Park is your best bet.

YMCA


Swimming Pool


Swimming at the YMCA pool by Alice Mary Herden

1300 Mariner Boulevard
Spring Hill, FL 34609

The pool at the YMCA is an 8-lane Junior Olympic-size heated pool (domed in the winter). The YMCA provides swim lessons, family swim, lap swim and water excercise opportunities. It is best to check their schedule so that you go at the correct time for the activity you’d like to participate in. The YMCA offers a variety of monthly membership options. The pool opens at 5:30AM and closes at 9:30PM Monday through Friday. Saturday hours are 7AM to 5:30PM and Sunday hours are 12-5PM.
Go to https://www.ymcasuncoast.org for additional information.

Pine Island Park


Pine Island Beach Park by Elizabeth Dentato

10800 Pine Island Dr, Weeki Wachee, FL 34607
Open 8AM - 8PM

The Alfred McKethan/Pine Island Beach Park is located on the Gulf of Mexico and is the only beach in the county. The water gradually gets deeper so you can walk out quite a ways. During some tides you can wade to nearby islands. The park abuts salt marshes which serve as an estuary for many animals. Small fish are plentiful and there are many blue crabs that scurry along bottom. There are also areas where there are sea grasses. To get out to the beach park, you drive across a 2 and a half mile causeway through the saltmarshes, which is a beautiful drive.
The three acre park can accommodate a little over a hundred cars. Besides the beach, the park has a concession stand, restrooms, picnic tables, bbq grills, and a volleyball court. The park fills up quickly on a nice day, so if you would like to be assured of a place to park you have to arrive early. The park is open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m and parking costs $5.
Remember that the Gulf of Mexico can get quite warm in the summer months, so you may want to stop at Rogers Park for a refreshing dip in the river after your beach day.

Buccaneer Bay


Buccaneer Bay by Elizabeth Dentato

6131 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, FL 34606
Open daily from 9am to 5:30pm.

Buccaneer Bay is located within Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. There are several slides, a lazy river run and a free swim area. Lifeguards are on duty in the swimming area. All activities are open daily for the summer through August 13th. You can bring a picnic lunch or eat at the concessions within the park. The water park is free with admission to the state park. Tube rentals are extra. They do not allow grilling or cooking within the park since it is a state park. Buccaneer Bay is very busy on weekends. The waterslides close 30 minutes prior to park closing.
Tube rental rates:
Single Inner Tube: $8
Double Tube: $12
Triple Tube: $15