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Visit Inverness Florida
Destination: small town done right. It is found here in Inverness Florida. Located in west central Florida, this bicycle-friendly city sits along the longest paved trail in Florida, the Withlacoochee State Trail. Inverness is also home to music festivals, art shows and its own sanctioned street kart race. Visitors to this small town will notice exciting changes in recent years such as the revamped Citrus County Speedway, and the streets are buzzing with excitement with newly released plans to add an open air market dubbed the Depot and more.
Bike Inverness The Withlacoochee State Trail is a paved 46-mile trail that that follows much of the course of the Withlacoochee River, and is built upon a former railroad tracks. The local bike shops are a great place to learn more about cycling, and offer bike rentals to visitors. The trail is also known as a multi-use trail where people enjoy horseback riding alongside walkers and cyclists.
Cyclists may want to make a day out of exploring Inverness many attractions. The Inverness Trailhead is located near its two lakefront parks, Wallace Brooks and Liberty. It is also closely located to the historic downtown district complete with shops, restaurants, Old Courthouse Museum and the freshly renovated Valerie Theatre.
Festivals This small town has energy and is home to year-round events that have garnered nationwide attention. The Cooter Festival is an emerging 3-day music festival with the vibe of Woodstock that in 2004 was covered by Comedy Central’s Daily Show with Jon Stewart, in a hilarious segment called Cooters! The Cooter Festival has free admission and a full weekend of live entertainment, water shows and features a full carnival with vendors. This festival is always the last full weekend in October.
November brings the speed with the Inverness Grand Prix & Motorsports Festival. It is the only World Karting Association sanctioned kart street race in the southeastern U.S. making it a rare opportunity for karting enthusiasts. It is 3/8 mile course that offers challenges from road surface, five turns and a 680-foot back stretch where karts have been clocked at 72 miles per hour. This event kicks-off with a street party and concert on Friday night and street races on Saturday. Free admission and open to the public. It is held the weekend before Thanksgiving each year.
In the spring, Inverness is home to one of the largest St. Patrick’s celebration in central Florida, a bass tournament that has $1,000 payout each hour and a foodie event with celebrity judges that have appeared on the Food Network. The Inverness St. Patrick’s Festival is the Saturday before the holiday, and kicks off with a parade and becomes a major street party with Celtic rock. This is another free event. Then there is the Inverness Big Bass Classic, that draws anglers from the southeast to compete for the $8,000 available payout and significant prizes from event partner Apopka Marine/Yamaha. The Taste of Inverness is a food tasting event that hosts over 20 restaurants and brings in notable food judges such as Chef Josee from Food Network’s Cooks v. Con, Chef Dennis and entertainment blogger Jason from Orlando Fun and Food.
Arts & Culture
This historic downtown has culture and arts. It is home to the newly renovated Valerie Theatre Cultural Center and the Historic Old Courthouse Museum. The Valerie Theatre dates back to the 1920s silent movie era, but was recently beautifully restored into modern cultural center with a calendar of entertainment from concerts, plays, educational exhibits, comedians and movies. More information at ValerieTheatre.org. The Historic Old Courthouse Museum is home to the Citrus County Historical Society and houses special collection exhibits and hosts a number of special events throughout the year. The iconic building is known for its copper cupola and clock face on all four sides. It also has been made famous for being part of the 1961 Elvis Presley movie Follow that Dream. More information at cccourthouse.org.