Introduction to Inverness, Florida
Inverness, established in 1889, was formerly named Tompkinsville. According to the historian Mary McRae of Homosassa, the community of Inverness received its name from a Scotsman, who was enchanted by Lake Tsala Apoka and was so impressed with the beauty of the place that he christened it ‘Invernes’s after the town in Scotland. The term ‘Inver’ is a Gaelic one, which means the mouth of the river. The River Ness, which originates from Loch Ness, flows through the city.
Inverness and nearby Attractions
- Waccasassa Bay Preserve State Park
- Ocala National Forest
- Pioneer Florida Museum
- Lake Louisa State Park
- Discovery Science Center
- Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
Things To Do In Inverness
The community has numerous parks such as the Waccasassa Bay Preserve State Park, the Lake Louisa State Park, the Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, the Rainbow Springs State Park, and the Fort Cooper State Park. There are several golf clubs in the neighborhood such as the Inverness Golf & Country Club, Lakeside Golf Course, and Twisted Oaks Golf Club. Inverness Regional Shopping Center is a popular shopping destination and the Florida Teaching Zoo is also located nearby. The city celebrates festivals such as the Great American Cooter Blast and the Citrus County Fair.
The nearest major airport is Ocala International-Jim Taylor Field Airport.
Inverness Higher Education
The local higher educational institution is Withlacoochee Technical Institute. Other nearby institutions include Santa Fe Community College, Saint Leo University, and the University of Florida.