Outdoor Recreation

Upcoming Adventure Trips

bioluminsecent kayaking adventure trip

Bioluminescent Kayaking

Sept. 23 | Titusville, FL

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Description: Come experience one of nature's most unique and breathtaking phenomenon right here in Florida! Only a handful of locations in the world experience "bioluminescence" where movement in the water creates a blue-green glowing effect that mesmerizes you. This trip cannot be fully described, but needs to be experienced! Historically, this has been our most popular trip with a waitlist of over 100 people, so sign up early!

Cost: USF Students: $45, Non-USF Students: $60

Included in Price: Transportation to Merrit Island, kayaking, snacks, and staff guides
Not Included in Price: Bug repellent

Outdoor Challenge Rating (learn more): 4

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urban explorations: trapon springs and dolphin tour adventure trip

Urban Explorations: Tarpon Springs & Dolphin Tour

Sept. 24 | Tarpon Springs, FL

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Description: Spend a day in Tarpon Springs, strolling along the historic sponge docks, enjoying a few hours on the ocean watching dolphins, and enjoying the best Greek food outside of Greece!

Cost: USF Students: $45, Non-USF Students: $60

Included in Price: Transportation to Tarpon Springs, dolphin tour, Outdoor Recreation Nalgene bottle, and staff guides
Not Included in Price: Food (enjoy the local Greek cuisine!), sunscreen

Outdoor Challenge Rating (learn more): 5

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wild experience caving adventure trip

Wild Experience: Caving Adventure

Sept. 30 – Oct. 1

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Description: Join Outdoor Recreation as we spend the day exploring caves in Tennessee, as well as getting to see the largest underground lake in the United States! Be sure to bring clean clothes because we'll get nice and dirty crawling through tunnels and exploring the cave, then we'll get to spend the night in the cave before departing Sunday morning.

Cost: USF Students: $140, Non-USF Students: $175

Included in Price: Transportation from Campus Recreation and back, staff guides, guided cave tour, all caving gear, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, group cooking gear, meals for Saturday Lunch - Sunday Lunch, water bottle
Not Included in Price: Caving clothing, Saturday breakfast, Sunday dinner, head light (may be rented from ORC)

Outdoor Challenge Rating (learn more): 8

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fanning springs snorkeling adventure trip

Fanning Springs Snorkeling

Oct. 7 | Williston, FL

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Description: A nice day trip away from the stresses that come from school, and a time to enjoy the great outdoors with some boardwalks, snorkeling, volleyball, and all the things Fanning Springs State Park has to offer.

Cost: USF Students: $25, Non-USF Students: $40

Included in Price: Transportation to Fanning Springs, state park entrance, snorkeling gear (must be picked up ahead of time from Outdoor Resource Center), lunch, Outdoor Recreation Nalgene bottle, and staff guides
Not Included in Price:
Sunscreen, dinner

Outdoor Challenge Rating (learn more): 4

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wild experience elephant encounter adventure trip

Wild Experience: Elephant Encounter

Oct. 8 | Chipley, FL

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Description: Join USF Outdoor Recreation to get up close and personal with one of nature's most peaceful animals at the Two Tails Ranch in Gainesville! The tour includes feeding and meeting these recused animals. The Ranch also has camels, turtles, zebras, and much more!

Cost: USF Students: $60, Non-USF Students: $75

Included in Price: Transportation to Two Tail Ranch, lunch, elephant feeding, exploring the ranch, Outdoor Recreation Nalgene bottle, and staff guides
Not Included in Price: Sunscreen, bug repellent

Outdoor Challenge Rating (learn more): 8

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florida falls hiking and caving adventure trip

Florida Falls Hiking & Camping

Oct. 14 – Oct. 15 | Falling Waters, FL

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Description: Day hiking and camping at Falling Waters State Park. You'll get the chance to hike the Sinkhole Trail which features several Florida sinkholes and sinkhole waterfalls.

Cost: USF Students: $60, Non-USF Students: $75

Included in Price: Transportation to Falling Waters State Park, hiking, all camping gear, Saturday Lunch- Sunday lunch, Outdoor Recreation Nalgene bottle, and staff guides
Not Included in Price: Sunscreen, bug repellent

Outdoor Challenge Rating (learn more): 6

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wild experience see thru canoeing adventure trip

Wild Experience: See-Thru Canoeing

Oct. 15 | St. Petersburg, FL

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Description: Come out and experience the world of kayaking like never before with crystal clear see-thru kayaks in the beautiful waterways of St Pete.

Cost: USF Students: $60, Non-USF Students: $75

Included in Price: Transportation to St. Pete, see-thru canoeing, lunch, Outdoor Recreation Nalgene bottle, and staff guides
Not Included in Price: Sunscreen

Outdoor Challenge Rating (learn more): 6

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backpacking max patch bald adventure trip

Backpacking: Max Patch Bald

Oct. 21 – Oct. 22 | Hot Springs, NC

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Description: Join us as we head for Hot Springs, NC to the base of Max Patch Bald! We'll be summiting Max Patch in time to see the beautiful sunset, enjoying a great campfire dinner, and then getting up early enough to see the sunrise from Max Patch the next morning! This is bound to be a breathtaking trip!

Cost: USF Students: $90, Non-USF Students: $110

Included in Price: Transportation to North Carolina, camping and backpacking gear, Saturday lunch-Sunday lunch, Outdoor Recreation Nalgene bottle, and staff guides
Not Included in Price: Boots, Saturday breakfast, Sunday dinner

Outdoor Challenge Rating (learn more): 12

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urban exploration tampa art biking adventure trip

Urban Exploration: Tampa Art Biking

Oct. 22 | Tampa, FL

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Description: We'll be visiting the Tampa Art Museum and then biking down the Downtown Riverwalk and Bayshore Blvd, both beautiful and relaxing biking tours that have some cool sights along the way!

Cost: USF Students: $30, Non-USF Students: $45

Included in Price: Transportation to Downtown Tampa, bike, helmet, Lunch, Outdoor Recreation Nalgene bottle, and staff guides
Not Included in Price: Sunscreen

Outdoor Challenge Rating (learn more): 4

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spring break weekend adventure trip

"Spring" Break Weekend

Oct. 28 | Rainbow Springs, FL

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Description: "Spring" break! We'll be heading to Florida's famous Rainbow Springs to swim and snorkel, camping, and then heading to KP Hole to do tube down the river!

Cost: USF Students: $90, Non-USF Students: $110

Included in Price: Transportation to Rainbow River, camping, tubing, swimming, snorkeling, Outdoor Recreation Nalgene bottle, and staff guides
Not Included in Price: Sunscreen, bug repellent

Outdoor Challenge Rating (learn more): 6

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wild experience whitewater rafting adventure trip

Wild Experience: Whitewater Rafting

Nov. 4 – Nov. 5 | Columbus, GA

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Description: Join USF Outdoor Recreation as we hit up the Chattahoochee River in Georgia for some amazing Whitewater Rafting! Always a hit, this trip will include two days of rafting with the best guides in the area, so don't miss out on this thrilling opportunity to push your limits!

Cost: USF Students: $150, Non-USF Students: $200

Included in Price: Transportation to Georgia, whitewater rafting, rafting gear (PFDs, paddles, and helmets), camping gear (tent, sleeping bag), Saturday Lunch-Sunday Lunch, Outdoor Recreation Nalgene bottle, and staff guides
Not Included in Price: Saturday breakfast, Sunday dinner

Outdoor Challenge Rating (learn more): 9

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intro mountain biking adventure trip

Intro: Mountain Biking

Nov. 5 | Alafia State Park, FL

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Description: Join us as we hit the trails...on bikes! Florida has some great old phosphate mines turned into "mountain" bike courses that are super fun to pedal. We provide the bikes, the helmet, you bring the adrenaline and we'll have a great time!

Cost: USF Students: $25, Non-USF Students: $30

Included in Price: Transportation to trailhead, lunch, bike, helmet, Outdoor Recreation Nalgene bottle, and staff guides
Not Included in Price: Sunscreen

Outdoor Challenge Rating (learn more): 5

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fall foliage day hiking adventure trip

Fall Foliage Day Hiking

Nov. 10 – Nov. 12 | Hanging Rock, NC

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Description: Some feel that living in Florida means you have to miss out on the seasons, not anymore! Join Outdoor Recreation as we head up to North Carolina at the peak of Fall colors to hike and enjoy the beauty of the Fall season.

Cost: USF Students: $145, Non-USF Students: $160

Price Includes: Transportation from Campus Recreation and back, staff guides, backpacking, camping, all backpacking gear, tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, group cooking gear, meals for Friday Lunch - Monday Lunch
Items not included: Friday breakfast, Monday dinner, rain jacket (may be rented from ORC), head light (may be rented from ORC)

Outdoor Challenge Rating (learn more): 9

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florida keys variety adventure trip

Florida Keys Variety

Nov. 11 – Nov. 12 | Key Largo, FL

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Description: Island time is the best time! We'll be headed down to the Keys for some snorkeling, kayaking & camping!

Cost: USF Students: $160, Non-USF Students: $185

Included in Price: Transportation to Florida Keys, snorkeling, kayaking, camping gear, all snorkeling and kayaking gear, Friday lunch-Sunday lunch, Outdoor Recreation Nalgene bottle, and staff guides
Not Included in Price: Sunscreen, bug repellent

Outdoor Challenge Rating (learn more): 7

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everglades biking tour adventure trip

Everglades Biking Tour

Nov. 18 – Nov. 19 | Everglades, FL

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Description: Join Outdoor Rec in camping and biking the 15 mile scenic Shark Valley Loop in the Everglades. One key feature of the trip will include a 65ft observation tower for a beautiful view of the Florida Everglades. This is a great way to enjoy the land portion of Florida's best known national park.

Cost: USF Students: $60, Non-USF Students: $80

Included in Price: Transportation to Everglades National Park, biking, camping gear, Outdoor Recreation Nalgene bottle, and staff guides
Not Included in Price: Sunscreen, bug repellent

Outdoor Challenge Rating (learn more): 8

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intro multi day backpacking adventure trip

Intro: Multi-Day Backpacking

Nov. 23 – Nov. 26 | Ocala National Forest, FL

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Description: Want to get into backpacking but afraid to start? This is a fantastic trip to learn the basics of backpacking! We'll head to some of Florida's best backpacking trails, and over the course of 4 days really dive into everything about backpacking! We'll provide the food, equipment, & planning. No experience necessary, just a good pair of boots!

Cost: USF Students: $90, Non-USF Students: $100

Included in Price: Transportation to Ocala National Forest, all backpacking and camping gear, Thursday lunch-Sunday lunch, Outdoor Recreation Nalgene bottle, and staff guides
Not Included in Price:
Sunscreen, bug repellent

Outdoor Challenge Rating (learn more): 10

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urban explorations morikami gardens and yoga adventure trip

Urban Explorations: Morikami Gardens & Yoga

Dec. 2 | Boca Raton, FL

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Description: Enjoy a peaceful experience of Japanese culture and a mindfulness meditation in the Morikami Gardens in Florida. Entrance includes the natural Japanese gardens, including an In Roji-En (The Garden of the Drops of Dew) Garden, and a Japanese museum focusing on Japanese art and culture. Participants will also have the option of dining at their café.

Cost: USF Students: $60, Non-USF Students: $75

Included in Price: Transportation to Morikami Gardens, exploring the Gardens, Lunch, Outdoor Recreation Nalgene bottle, and staff guides
Not Included in Price: Dining in the cafe

Outdoor Challenge Rating (learn more): 4

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urban explorations thai temple and yoga adventure trip

Urban Explorations: Thai Temple & Yoga

Dec. 3 | Tampa, FL

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Description: Tampa's infamous Thai Temple comes to life every Sunday and what better way to experience it than with USF! We'll be touring the temple, but we'll also get the chance to eat some delicious Thai food. Wrapping it all up with a Yoga exercise will leave you feeling ready for finals!

Cost: USF Students: $20, Non-USF Students: $25

Included in Price: Transportation to Thai Temple, lunch, Yoga session, Outdoor Recreation Nalgene bottle, and staff guides
Not Included in Price: Yoga mat

Outdoor Challenge Rating (learn more): 4

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10000 islands kayaking adventure trip

10,000 Islands Kayaking

Dec. 10 – Dec. 15 | Everglades National Park, FL

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Description: With some of Florida's most pristine wilderness, kayaking through the 10,000 Islands Wilderness will be an adventure you'll never forget. We will spend the week kayaking through mangrove mazes, island hopping, beach camping, and exploring the islands.

Cost: USF Students: $225, Non-USF Students: $250

Price Includes:Transportation from Campus Recreation and back, staff guides, kayaking, camping, all kayaking gear, tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, group cooking gear, meals for Sunday Lunch - Friday Lunch
Items not included: Sunday breakfast, Friday dinner, rain jacket (may be rented from ORC), head light (may be rented from ORC)

Outdoor Challenge Rating (learn more): 12

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