Florida Travel

Florida: Swim with the manatees

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It’s almost Manatee Festival time in Crystal River, the only place in North America where you can legally swim with manatees. This festival, Jan. 17-18, draws thousands of visitors annually to Crystal River for island music, tasty treats and most notably — the manatees. One of the best parts of the event is that you can go just down the street to Three Sisters Springs, where manatees are easy to see and watch in the clear spring water, from the boardwalk above. In 2013, CNN Lonely Planet’s editors named snorkeling with the manatees of Crystal River as one of 10 “ultimate adventures.”

Details: www.gomanateefest.com.