Love to get outside and enjoy nature? You may be an ecotourist.
What is ecotourism?
Ecotourism is tourism based on exploring and appreciating nature (Best and Stein 2013). Recreational activities, such as boating, hunting, hiking, and camping, are also part of ecotourism (Pienaar 2014).
Is ecotourism important in Florida?
Very important. More than half of Floridians engage in some form of ecotourism each year, contributing billions of dollars to local and state economies (Pienaar 2015).
Planning an eco-tour?
Check out these resources to plan your adventure:
- Florida Department of Environmental Protection
- Florida State Parks
- Florida Greenways and Trails
- Florida Springs
- Florida’s Aquatic Preserves Interactive Map
Best, M. N. and T. V. Stein. 2013. Ecotourism in Florida: Letting Nature Work for You. CIR 1517. Gainesville: University of Florida Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences. Accessed November 13, 2015. https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fr178
Pienaar, E. F. 2014. Valuing the Recreation Uses of Natural Resources: The Travel Cost Method. WEC 341. Gainesville: University of Florida Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences. Accessed November 13, 2015. https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/uw386