City on the Lakes
Inverness is Florida’s Small Town Done Right bringing together a lively downtown centered around historic Courthouse Square with a thriving walkable, bicycle-friendly community full of great food choices, inviting pubs, and cozy shops for you to explore. At the heart of this welcoming small city of 7,000 is Florida’s incredible Withlacoochee State Trail. At 46 miles and growing, it’s the longest paved recreation trail in Florida. The trail passes right by the city’s waterfront on Lake Henderson and Cooter Pond with their celebrated boardwalks only steps away from downtown.
Inverness is always festive with multiple events, often free, scheduled throughout the year. The biggest is the Great American Cooter Festival at the end of October. But the fun really never stops with the Inverness Grand Prix in November, plenty of Holiday Magic and spring’s Taste of Inverness for foodies. Fireworks light up the Lake on the eve of Independence Day and the Pine Street Jam Parrothead Party turns downtown into Margaritaville for one night every August.
The beautifully restored Valerie Theatre features music, live theater, classic films and other community events year round and the Historic Old Courthouse Museum provides a glimpse into the region’s incredible cultural history from Seminole warrior’s to the filming of the Elvis Presley classic Follow That Dream in Inverness in 1962.
Fort Cooper State Park on the city’s southern edge, connects with the Withlacoochee State Trail and provides a natural sanctuary that includes five miles of trails, picnicking and canoeing on Lake Holathlikaha, plus incredible birding and even a re-enactment of the 1836 Seminole War battle every year in March.
Inverness is the perfect place to spend a fun family-friendly evening and is easily accessible from Crystal River and Homosassa on the Gulf to Lakes Highway.
Inverness is also an important center for shopping and community services featuring brand-named stores and restaurants travelers will be familiar with and an excellent locally-owned and well stocked natural and organic foods market with a café and freshly prepared foods.