Sumter County has a wide variety of attractions - from historic battlefields to scenic outdoor recreation, you're sure to find plenty to do.
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Discover some of the hidden gems in the Florida State Parks in Sumter County. Whether you're looking for natural beauty or a brush with history, you'll enjoy the nature trails, camping, hiking, historical reenactments, and special events like WWII Day the first Saturday of August at Dade Battlefield Historic Park.
Sumter County celebrates its culture and history through a wide variety of Events and Festivals throughout the year. Visit our Calendar for the latest listing of this month's activities.
Sumter County offers the opportunity to design unique outdoor adventures for every taste. Welcome to "Horse Country." If you own your horses or you just love to ride, we have an accommodation to meet your needs. Kayaking adventures can be arranged on the Withlacoochee River or plan to visit the Croom Motorcycle Area dedicated to the needs of off-highway and ATV riders. Outdoorsmen of all kinds should explore our Wildlife Management Area links (below) for more information related to hunting, fishing, camping and other outdoor sports. Call the Sumter County Chamber office at 352-793-3099 for additional information and assistance in designing your special outdoor adventure.
Things To Do Nearby:
In addition to the many activities available in Sumter County, neighboring counties offer a wide variety of activities to fill your days. Explore a local winery or relax on an eco-tour in the form of a scenic cruise on the Dora Canal. Visit a neighboring wild life preserve. Sumter County offers an easy drive to Orlando theme parks and easy access to the Tampa beaches. Call the Sumter County Chamber office at 352-793-3099 for additional information and suggestions, if you are looking for things to do nearby.
Golf is a year round sport in Sumter County. The Sumter community offers more than 20 well-manicured public courses that take advantage of beautiful scenery and sunny Florida weather. Relax and let your cares slip away while you play a round (or two) on courses designed to appeal to every skill level.
Carved out of a natural Florida landscape, with fairways lined by majestic oak trees, this was the first golf course designed by renowned golf course architect Ron Garl. The championship layout is well known among many of today's touring professionals, who played it early in their careers on Florida's mini tours. Continental continues to be one of the most popular stops for the North Florida PGA and Florida Professional mini tours.
Shady Brook Golf & RV Resort (18 holes)
The 18-hole "Shady Brook" course at the Shady Brook Golf & RV facility in Sumterville, Florida features 5,966 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 68.4 and it has a slope rating of 110.
Glenview Country Club (27 holes)
Designed in consultation with top senior PGA pros Tommy Aaron, Hubert Green, and John Mahaffey. The course features challenging elevations, bunkers and scenic views. Five sets of tees make this course playable for all skill levels.
Arnold Palmer Country Club (27 holes)
Palmer Legends is designed to complement the already dramatic vistas throughout the golf course. The course features a first-rate practice facility that includes a practice putting green, practice chipping green, practice bunker and Himalayan putting green.
Cane Garden Country Club (27 holes)
One of Florida's most naturally beautiful courses. The course plays around a 140 acre eagle preserve. Birdie watchers will enjoy watching Florida's most prolific pair of bald eagles nest. Look out for Southeast American Kestrels and Burrowing Owls. Playable for all skill levels.
Mallory Country Club (27 holes)
This 27-hole course is located on one of the highest points in Sumter County. The ever-changing elevation offers a different kind of Florida golf experience.
Havana County Club (27 holes)
This 27-hole course boasts some of the best finishing holes in the Villages. Changes in elevation and fairways are standard and will provide challenges for all players. Designed by Clifton Ezell, Ezell and Clifton Design Group, the course is a challenge for the most skilled golfer.
Hacienda Hills Country Club (27 holes)
This 27-hole course offers a great test for all skill levels with bunkers on every hole and water on fourteen holes. Two of Chi-Chi Rodriguez' favorite holes of golf are on Hacienda.
Tierra Del Sol Country Club (18 holes)
This 18 hole course hosted the Samsung World Championship of Women's Golf. The front nine is long and well-bunkered with very few trees. The back nine was designed to preserve the natural beauty and wildlife of the nature preserves. Four sets of tees make this course playable for all skill levels.
Miona Lake Golf Club (18 holes)
The 18-hole Miona Lake Golf Course is located in Wildwood. This flat golf course has six holes with water. The greens are tiny and rise above the fairways. There is a lot of sand. This course is not hard and will deliver an enjoyable round of golf. Designed by Ron Garl.
The numerous Wildlife Management Areas and State Parks in Sumter County offer a wide array of activities - from family-friendly camping and picnics to hunting and fishing adventures. Explore the Parks and destinations below for endless things to do including Hunting, Fishing, Hiking, Wildlife Viewing, Horseback Riding, Biking, Motorcycles, ATV, Boating, Kayaking, and Canoeing. You'll find several boat ramps throughout Sumter County for access to numerous rivers and pristine lakes.
Old Florida Fish Camps
Enjoy an old Florida tradition that includes outstanding fishing and beautiful views when you stay at one of the Fish Camps located on beautiful Lake Panasoffkee. The 4,500 acre spring fed lake was recently restored and offers outstanding fishing & lodging at several fish camps located on its shores. Please call the chamber office for more details and lodging referrals or visit our accommodations page.
Fishing & Hunting Resources:
Sumter County offers plentiful hunting and abundant fishing for the avid Outdoorsman. Please check our list of resources for licensing requirement, seasons and restrictions.