Fun In The Water Lover’s Florida
Named for its abundance of wildflowers, Floral City in southeastern Citrus County was bigger than Miami in the early 1900s. This former phosphate mining boomtown today preserves all the appeal of Old Florida. Use this handy itinerary to begin your exploration.
Discover Delightful Downtown
Downtown Floral City retains the quaintness and charm of an authentic Florida small town of yesteryear. Enter downtown Floral City from the east on E Orange Avenue (County Road 48) to pass through the famous Avenue of the Oaks. These majestic, moss-draped oaks have welcomed visitors for more than a century.
A collection of boutiques, gift shops, restaurants and more await on E Orange Avenue, S Florida Avenue and neighboring Floral City streets. Browse unique items at shops like Forgotten Treasures and Gifts (7838 S Great Oaks Dr) and Frugal Frog (7698 S Florida Ave). Art lovers won’t want to miss Floral City Artists Gallery (7737 S Old Floral City Rd), a cooperative showcasing the work of local artists. And the freshest local produce can be found at Aunt Martha’s Produce (7751 S Florida Ave).
Guests looking for lunch will be well rewarded by a visit to The Shamrock Inn (8343 E Orange Ave) for burgers, wings and salads, or Floral City Bagels (6689 S Florida Ave) for bagels, deli sandwiches and more.
Bike the Trail
The Withlacoochee State Trail passes through historic Floral City. This 46-mile length of former rail bed has been paved and converted for recreational use, providing an ideal opportunity for hiking, biking and horseback riding. The even terrain and natural surroundings make it especially popular among cyclists. Rent a regular or recumbent bicycle from Hampton’s Edge Trailside Bicycles (8294 E Orange Ave) and hit the trail!
Ferris Groves: History by the Bushel
Continue your visit to Floral City at Ferris Groves. The indefatigable L.G. “Doc” Ferris came to Florida in 1925. He originally sought to build an exclusive golf community on Duval Island in Floral City. When the real estate market took a turn for the worse, Ferris changed plans and made history by instead planting citrus in the area’s fertile soil.
Over the years, the fruit grown at Ferris Groves has expanded to include Navel and Valencia oranges, Ruby Red grapefruit and Fall Glow tangerines, as well as beloved “Ferris Berry” strawberries and blueberries. These varieties and gourmet jams, jellies and syrups can be purchased today at the Ferris Groves store at 7607 South Florida Avenue in Floral City. They also serve fresh Florida orange juice and handcrafted milkshakes.
Floral City Heritage Days
For nearly 20 years, the Floral City Heritage Days event has been a beloved fixture on the local calendar. Heritage Days is held annually on the first weekend in December, and includes a Candles & Carols holiday celebration with luminaries, a Folk Life Day, antique cars, food, entertainment, The Blue Banner Tour of Historic Homes and other activities.