SEBRING, Fla. (Oct. 9, 2020) - On Sept. 26, Visit Sebring launched its very own GeoTour, Sebring Area GeoTour: Florida’s Hidden Gem, to rave reviews from nearly 200 geocachers who traveled to or live in the Sebring area for the kickoff event. The GeoTour consists of 38 geocaches, two Adventure Labs and seven posters hidden throughout Sebring, Avon Park, and Lake Placid. This is the third active GeoTour in Florida and one of only 70 GeoTours in the world.
Participant reviews included:
- Enjoying the Sebring Area GeoTour. We have only been to this area for the annual Hike & Seek geocaching events at Highlands Hammock State Park and had no idea all we have been missing. Took our time completing the tour over 3 days and thoroughly enjoyed each and every cache and where it was placed.
- Third and final day on the Sebring GeoTour. Highlands County has so much history and hidden gems. If you have never visited, you must put it on your list.
- It was a great tour of the area for sure. I’ve lived in Highlands County for 27 years and these caches took me to areas I’ve never been to before.
- Wow, just finished the tour. Very nicely done; had a lot of fun! Thanks for all your hard work. Great caches, great sites.
Many attendees traveled more than 200 miles locally to find the geocaches. Currently, nearly 50 groups of geocachers have completed the GeoTour and received their Sebring GeoTour geocoin. And several others are still working to finish their passports.
“The Sebring area has a rich history and great local places to visit that makes it the perfect place to launch and uncover a new GeoTour, said Ruth Fletcher, Geocacher and GeoTour consultant. “Geocaching is a fun and interactive activity for all ages, and it serves as another way visitors and locals can explore the destination.”
Geocaching is a free, outdoor treasure hunt for kids and adults alike. A GeoTour is the search for a series of geocaches (small hidden containers) that are designed to bring geocachers (people searching for geocaches) to a specific location and provides a "tour" of the area as you search for the geocache.
Through the Sebring Area GeoTour, geocachers will discover the region’s unique history, vast outdoor adventures, unexpected culinary delights and charming small towns. By using a GPS or smartphone, geocachers are guided along four fun GeoTrails that make up the Sebring Area GeoTour: Ranch & Harvest, Parks & Recreation, Historic, and Arts & Culture, with geocaches hidden among cattle ranches and citrus groves, museums and historical sites, a variety of parks and numerous arts and cultural areas.
To take part in the Sebring Area GeoTour at any time, download the digital tour passport and start following the clues. When you discover a geocache, Adventure Lab or poster along the GeoTour, you’ll be given a codeword to record onto your passport. The Sebring Area GeoTour will award a specially designed Geocoin for geocachers who submit a completed passport. For those geocachers who find all of the geocaches within the GeoTour, you will receive a Sebring Area GeoTour souvenir in your online profile on the geocaching website. People can search for as many geocaches as they like on the tour. There is no time limit to the GeoTour and it will be an activity that locals and visitors to the region will be able to enjoy for many years to come. And there are pending plans to enhance the GeoTour for next year.
For more information about how geocaching works and this GeoTour, visit www.VisitSebring.com/geocaching or contact GeoTour@HighlandsFL.gov or (863) 402-6909.
Visit Sebring is the destination marketing organization managed by the Highlands County Tourist Development Council (TDC). The mission of the TDC is to contribute to a positive quality of life for the residents of Highlands County through destination promotion, tourism development, advocacy, and resource management – which are foundation pieces for future economic growth. For more information, visit http://www.VisitSebring.com or find us on social media @VisitSebring.
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