Outdoor Recreation

Fall 2018 Adventure Trips

Wheedon Island Day Kayaking
August 25th
St. Petersburg, Florida

Weedon Island is a nature preserve on the coast of St. Petersburg, Florida. Spend a day kayaking through the rivers of mangroves and view the whole nature reserve atop their observation tower.

Price: $25
Outdoor Challenge Rating:
2 out of 5
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Smoky Mountain Hiking & Camping
August 31st through September 3r
Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Come join us for this incredible Smoky Mountain backpacking and camping adventure! We will be hiking up Mount Leconte via the Alum Cave trail and camping overnight. This trip departs Friday night after classes and returns Monday on Labor Day (no school!)

Price: $130
Outdoor Challenge Rating: 4 out of 5
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Withlacoochee River Kayak Run
September 2nd through 3rd
Tampa, Florida

Come kayak the designated Outstanding Florida Waterway, The WITHLACOOCHEE RIVER!! This river is perfect for beginners while also offering beautiful scenic vegetation and lively wildlife. We'll camp one night at a campsite off the river and jump right back in our kayaks the next day to finish the trip! This trip returns on Labor Day (no school!)

Cost: $50
Outdoor Challenge Rating:
3 out of 5
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Bioluminescent Kayaking
September 8th
Titusville, Florida

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: $45
Outdoor Challenge Rating: 2 out of 5
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Blowing Rocks Preserve Beach Day and Mountain Biking
September 15th - 16th
Jupiter, Florida

Blow away your stress with USF Outdoor Rec at Blowing Rocks Preserve! Experience a beach setting that is unparalleled in Florida. The dissolving limestone creates blow holes through the rock that shoots water high up into the air. Join us as we hang out at this unique beach, snorkel around the rock structures, hike through the beach trails, and mountain bike through Jonathan Dickinson State Park on the next day.

Cost: $75
Outdoor Challenge Rating: 2 out of 5
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Urban Explorations: St. Augustine & Anastasia State Park
September 29th - 30th
St. Augustine, Florida

Spend a day seeing the beautiful beach on Anastasia State Park and then exploring St. Augustine to see all the unique history of this city. We'll camp nearby to have more time exploring. This city was founded in 1565 by Spanish explorers and has a rich past!

Cost: $75
Outdoor Challenge Rating: 2 out of 5
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Bioluminescent Kayaking
October 6th
Titusville, Florida

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: $45
Outdoor Challenge Rating: 2 out of 5
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Whitewater Adventure
October 5th through 7th
Columbus, Georgia

Get THRILLED and come whitewater rafting with USF Outdoor Rec! We'll raft twice down the famous Chattahoochee River. No experience necessary, this trip is perfect for an amazing experience! Trip departs Friday night after classes to maximize time adventuring.

Cost: $225
Outdoor Challenge Rating: 3 out of 5
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Intro: Horseback Riding
October 13th
Tampa, Florida

Try out this unique adventure! Go full western (or English if you prefer) and come horseback riding with us! Perfect for the beginner! From wide open trails to wooded areas, Medard Park is also home to a host of Florida wildlife and fauna. There is no better way to experience it all then on the back of a horse!

Cost: $80
Outdoor Challenge Rating: 2 out of 5
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King's Island River Kayak Run
October 14th
Orlando, Florida

Kings Landing is a canoe and kayak launch along Florida's treasured Wekiva River. This day trip is the ultimate outdoor therapy, where you enjoy an 8.5-mile paddle downstream and have a shuttle waiting to head back to Kings Landing. The trip usually takes about 4-5 hours. Along the way we are likely to see otters, bears, deer's, and even a glimpse of a monkey!

Cost: $50
Outdoor Challenge Rating: 2 out of 5
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Adventure With Confidence: Camping 101
October 20th
Riverfront Park

Ever wanted to learn the basics of camping, but not sure where to start? A beginner's lesson is the perfect place to give it a try! During this trip, you'll learn the basics of setting up a tent, building a campfire, using camping stoves, making the perfect s'more, and more! After this trip, you'll be ready to start planning your own camping adventures.

Cost: $15
Outdoor Challenge Rating: 1 out of 5
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Passport to Florida: Blue Springs
October 21st
Blue Springs, FL

On our way to visiting everything amazing in Florida, come with us to beautiful Blue Springs! One of Florida's many natural springs, this one is known for it's manatee's in the cold months since the water stays 73 degrees year round! As part of our Passport to Florida Series, you'll get a unique passport to mark off all your adventures in Florida with USF Outdoor Recreation!

Cost: $35
Outdoor Challenge Rating: 1 out of 5
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Big Cypress Swamp Touring
October 27th through 28th
Big Cypress, Florida

Leave your nice shoes at home for this trip, because we'll be trudging through Big Cypress swamplands. We'll be hiking and kayaking through the swamp, just north of the Everglades, and camping overnight.

Cost: $60
Outdoor Challenge Rating: 2 out of 5
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Eco Teaching Farm Tour
October 28th
Alachua, Florida

Interested in sustainability? Come with USF Outdoor Recreation to learn about permaculture, food forests, and sustainable living at the Eco-Teaching Farm in Alachua. Meet the rescued dairy-cows in the fields and visit the Hindu temple on the grounds.

Cost: $30
Outdoor Challenge Rating: 1 out of 5
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Shell Key Kayaking & Camping
November 3rd through 4th
St. Petersburg, Florida

Join us for a beach camping experience at shell key! We will be kayaking during the day and catching the sunset at the beach. Along the way we will probably see lots of wildlife!

Cost: $35
Outdoor Challenge Rating: 3 out of 5
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Passport to Florida: Florida Caverns
November 3rd through 4th
Marianna, Florida

On our way to visiting everything amazing in Florida, come with us to explore Florida Caverns State Park! On this trip we plan on traveling to the panhandle of Florida to go on a tour of the caverns! We will be spending the night in a campsite at Florida Caverns State Park, and going on a short hike the next day! As part of our Passport to Florida Series, you'll get a unique passport to mark off all your adventures in Florida with USF Outdoor Recreation!

Cost: $100
Outdoor Challenge Rating: 2 out of 5
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Fall Foliage Day Hiking
November 9th through 12th
Chattanooga, Tennessee

Come with USF Outdoor Recreation as we head for the "fall line" where the leaves are changing color in the most beautiful ways! The location isn't exact, but the intention is: find that seasonal beauty while day hiking some gorgeous trails and possibly waterfalls! This trip leaves on Friday night after classes and returns on Monday (Veteran's Day, no classes!)

Cost: $150
Outdoor Challenge Rating: 3 out of 5
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Yoga & Meditation in Nature
November 16th through 18th
East Fork, NC

Join USF Outdoor Recreation for a guided experience to reduce your stress and connect with nature. Yoga, guided meditation, and easy day hikes are complemented on this trip by pristine wilderness and breathtaking views in the National Forests of North Carolina. This trip leaves on Friday after classes.

Cost: $125
Outdoor Challenge Rating: 2 out of 5
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Adventure with Confidence: Backpacking 101
November 22nd through 25th
Ocala, Florida

Are you interested in learning multi-day backpacking, but have little to no experience backpacking? Join USF Outdoor Recreation on an introduction to multi-day backpacking in Florida's ancient landscape at St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park. Learn how to set up camp, how to backcountry cook, how to start a fire, and different useful tools for multi-day backpacking, while exploring preserved open grassy forests of longleaf pine once commonplace throughout Florida. The pine flatwoods form a backdrop for other biological communities, including, cypress domes, scrubby Flatwoods, sand hills, and a beautiful strand swamp.

Cost: $90
Outdoor Challenge Rating: 2 out of 5
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Citrus Park Day Hike
December 2nd
Brooksville, Florida

Connecting with nature is one of the best ways to relieve the stress of finals. Take an easy day trip to join USF Outdoor Recreation as we day hike some trails, see some natural caves and enjoy a refreshing lunch.

Cost: $10
Outdoor Challenge Rating: 1 out of 5
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10,000 Islands Kayaking
December 9th through 14th
Everglades City, Florida

Join Outdoor Recreation for a week of kayak touring in some of Florida's most unique and pristine ecosystems. Including kayaking trough mangrove mazes, island hopping, and beach camping! Ask us about a kayak training program to get paddle-ready for an expedition of this nature as you'll need previous kayaking experience to fully enjoy this trip.

Cost: $225
Outdoor Challenge Rating: 5 out of 5
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Interested in traveling abroad? Visit our Adventure Abroad page to learn about opportunities to study abroad through outdoor recreation.

 

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