#58 Swim with Manatees in Crystal River, Florida: 100 Family Travel Experiences

I grew up around manatees and have watched when there was little regulation to a fantastic preservation program. Getting up close and personal to these beautiful and and bizarre animals while still maintaining their personal space is a spectacular experience one won’t soon forget. In the Crystal River you can see lots of West Indian Manatees congregate in it’s warm waters. Get in and snorkel with them. You can’t touch or feed them but you will enjoy the wild animals grace in the water and wonder how they were ever mistaken for mermaids. Manatee season at Crystal River is November to March. The rest of the year they can be found wandering the intercoastals trying to avoid boats.

I wish they were thriving and could exist without tourism but manatees need our help to survive in South Florida. Awareness about these majestic animals is important.
http://www.fws.gov/crystalriver/
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2 thoughts on “#58 Swim with Manatees in Crystal River, Florida: 100 Family Travel Experiences”

  1. We did this when I was about 6 months pregnant. It was hard to tell me from the manatees! The water is SUPER cold, but it is the most peaceful experience swimming with these gentle giants.

  2. Here in Australia we have Dugongs which are a relative of the manatee. While I’ve seen one up close I’ve always had glass between us. I would love to snorkel with them.

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