Sebring Area GeoTour: Florida's Hidden Gem
Geocaching is a free, outdoor treasure hunt. Explore the Sebring area and discover the hidden gems as you locate each cache.
A GeoTour is a series of geocaches that are designed to bring geocachers to a specific location and provides a “tour” of the area through geocaching. The caches often have a specific theme and many also have historical or location-related significance. GeoTours offer a reward, which may be a geocoin, wooden nickel, or similar item, for completing all or part of the tour. The geocacher will usually provide proof on a “passport” document with a list of codes or stamps found inside the geocaches.
Through this GeoTour, discover the Sebring area’s unique history, vast outdoor adventures, unusual culinary delights, and charming small towns. Let your GPS or smartphone guide you on this GeoTour’s four fun GeoTrails: Ranch & Harvest, Parks & Recreation, Historic, and Art & Culture. Visitors love caching at cattle ranches and citrus groves, museums and historical places, a variety of parks, and numerous arts and culture areas. As you log your GeoTour caches, spend a few days finding other caches placed throughout the beautiful area. While geocaching here, you will be guided through Sebring, as well as Avon Park, Lake Placid, Lorida, and Venus.
Download your passport and come explore the Sebring area! Get a code word from numerous geocaches, Adventure Labs, and posters along the GeoTour, and log them onto your passport for a free Sebring Area GeoTour trackable coin.
And don’t miss our official Sebring Area GeoTour Kick-Off Event September 26, 2020. On Saturday September 26th join us from 8 am until 10 am at The Circle located downtown Sebring as we kick off the GeoTour. On Saturday evening, September 26th join us from 5 pm until 7 pm at Secret Gardens for dinner and friends. If you completed the GeoTour passport you will be able to get your GeoTour trackable coin at the evening event. Click here for details or email GeoTour@highlandsfl.gov.
How It Works
- Visit Geocaching.com to register a username
(Basic membership is free.)
- Download a geocaching app to your smartphone and find the Sebring Area GeoTour
(or download the coordinates in a GPS device from geocaching.com)
- Travel throughout the Sebring area, including Avon Park, Lake Placid, Lorida and Venus, to locate the hidden caches.
- When you find a cache, sign the log, take a sticker game piece and affix to your game sheet
- Record your find using the Geocaching app
- After locating the specified number of caches, posters and Adventure Labs in the GeoTour Passport, submit your completed passport game sheet to Visit Sebring to receive your official geocoin. Mail to: Visit Sebring, 501 S. Commerce Avenue, Sebring, FL 33870 or email to Info@VisitSebring.com
Frequently Asked Questions
In order to locate a cache, you’ll need either a GPS device or GPS-enabled mobile phone. You will also need to signup for a membership on Geocaching.com, and a basic membership is free.
Once you locate the cache, write about your discovery in the logbook, which is located in the cache, but don’t forget to leave the logbook in the cache for the next person to write in. If you decide to take an item from the cache, you must replace it with an item of equal or greater value. Then, record your adventure using the Geocaching app.
Geocaches range in size from Micro (less than 100ml) to Large (20L or larger). Some are also listed as “Other,” and you’ll need to see the cache description for more information. Caches come in all shapes and forms; it could be a clear plastic container, a canister or a secret compartment in a fake rock. You can get a general idea of a cache’s size by reading the caches description.
It will be a surprise! You never know what previous cache visitors have left behind in the cache. However, a cache will always contain a logsheet or logbook for you to document your find.