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Cool Weather Comes Just in Time for the Manatee Festival this Weekend!

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Cooler weather is headed our way and it just so happens to be Manatee Festival this weekend! It’s the perfect time to get outdoors and check out the largest spring on the St. John's River that happens to be only 30 minutes away.

Blue Spring State Park is a designated manatee refuge and the winter home to a growing population of West Indian Manatees. To celebrate, the 32nd Manatee Festival is being held this weekend, January 28-29 at Valentine Park in Orange City. There are only 2 festivals, the other being held in Crystal River. Manatee season runs from mid-November through March, and several hundred manatee can be viewed atop the spring’s overlooks on cold days during this time. The park covers more than 2,600 acres, so while you’re there, take a stroll and enjoy the beautiful Florida outdoors.

The Manatee Festival will include:

  • Manatee Viewing (FREE shuttle buses will bring you to Blue Spring State Park)

  • Central FL Zoo Presentations & Animal Ambassadors

  • Arts & Crafts Show with Over 100 Booths

  • Music and Dancing!

  • Disc Connected K9s - World Famous Frisbee Dogs

  • Environmental Conservation Displays

  • Children's Area

  • Rock Wall Climbing

  • Bungee Jumping

  • US Army Obstacle Course

  • Walk-on-Water Balls

  • Sand Sculpting

Manatee Festival

Jan 28 and 29, 2017

Where: Valentine Park, Orange City, FL

West French Avenue off of Highway 17-92.

Admission: $8 for adults and $2 for children 4 to 10.

Children under 3 are free. (Dogs: $10)

Shuttle buses will bring you to Blue Spring State Park for manatee viewing.

For more information go to

  You can also view a livestream of the the manatees at Blue Spring State Park right here. Thanks to the Save The Manatee Club!



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