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Best Places in Florida to See Manatees



Manatees are some of the most popular marine life in Florida and people travel from all over the world to see them in the wild. Here are 5 of the top places to see manatees in Florida!

#5 Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge 

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge is located on the east coast. It was purchased by NASA where they turned the land into a National Wildlife Refuge, benefitting the population of manatees. You can drive to the refuge where you’ll see many different kind of animals. You can also see manatees here year-round!

#4 Tarpon Springs  

Tarpon Springs, FL is about 45 minutes from Tampa and is know for its sponge fishing! It is also home to manatees during the colder Florida months. On the weekends you can paddle with the manatees in a clear kayak during manatee season (November 15th – March 31st) with Get Up and Go Kayaking – Tarpon Springs.

#3 Blue Springs 

Blue Spring is located in Orange City FL and is know to have multiple manatees in the springs during manatee season! You can view these from multiple boardwalks that are located in Blue Springs State Park.

#2 Homosassa Springs 

Homosassa Springs is widely known for its manatees and the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. You can visit the park daily from 9a.m. to 5p.m., and it is home to a number of different animals like manatees, alligators, bears, birds, and the oldest hippopotamus in captivity!

#1 Crystal River 

Crystal River is the #1 place to see manatees in Florida! It is known for its many natural springs. Three Sisters Springs, located in Crystal River, is one of Florida’s most popular springs and is known to have hundreds of manatees resting inside of it at one time! You can take a tour of the springs and surrounding locations in a 100% clear kayak with Get Up and Go Kayaking in Crystal River!