Last year our art director, Heather Loomis, traveled about 30 minutes to Orange City Blue Spring Manatee Festival to view one of her favorite mammals – the manatee. Now, it’s your turn! Check out Florida’s only two manatee festivals happening this month. Manatee season runs from mid-November through March.
Click here now to see a live feed of manatees at Blue Spring State Park.
Crystal River, Manatee Festival
About 1 hour and 45 minutes away
Saturday, January 13th and Sunday, January 14th
The festival promises a wonderful experience in downtown Crystal River and includes:
- Live entertainment with music on two stages
- Huge Kid Zone
- Boat Tours of the bay
- Free access and shuttle to Three Sisters Springs
- Fine Art and Crafts
- Food Vendors
Boat tours are approximately 30 minutes long and are available on a first-come, first-served basis throughout the weekend, weather permitting. $10 for adults; children ages 6 to 12 $5; 5 & under free. Tickets will be available at the boat dock, and will be honored only on the day of purchase.
The event is $5 per adult. Ages 12 and under are free.
For more information, visit http://www.gomanateefest.com/.
Orange City Blue Spring Manatee Festival
About 35 Minutes away
When: Saturday, January 27 and Sunday, January 28
Valentine Park, Orange City, FL – West French Avenue off of Highway 17-92
Blue Spring State Park is a designated manatee refuge and the winter home to a growing population of West Indian Manatees.
Several hundred manatee can be viewed atop the spring’s overlooks on cold days during manatee season (November - March). The park covers more than 2,600 acres, so while you’re there, take a stroll and enjoy the beautiful Florida outdoors.
The festival includes:
- 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
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, visit www.themanateefestival.com
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