During cold snaps, manatees migrate to huddle up in warm waters. That’s why the winter season in Orlando is the perfect time to catch a glimpse of Florida manatees at Blue Spring State Park.
Manatees retreat to the designated refuge each year because of the consistent water temperature of 72 degrees. On a cold day, you may be able to view up to several hundred from the spring’s overlooks. Manatee season usually lasts through March.
MANATEES NEAR ORLANDO
The destination is great place to take visitors during the winter break or to bring the entire family for an educational experience. Plan to arrive early because the park fills to capacity quickly, especially on the weekends.
- Approximately 1 hour from Orlando
- $6 per vehicle to enter
- Call to get the manatee count before you go
- Hours of operation: 8am until sundown
The Manatee Festival
January 25 & 26
Valentine Park in Orange City, Florida
Adults $8, kids $2 (3 and under free, dogs $10.
Celebrate the arrival of the manatees with a weekend of entertainment, arts and crafts, animal presentations by Central Florida Zoo, live music, rides, activities, food and more. Take the FREE shuttle ride to Blue Spring State Park to see the manatees.
MORE SPOTS TO SEE MANATEES IN FLORIDA
Another popular spot in Florida to see hundreds of manatees is Three Sister Springs in Crystal River.
- Approximately two hours away from Orlando
- $20 for adults, $7.50 for kids, free for kids 5 and under
The Florida Manatee Festival
January 18 & 19, 2020
$5 per person; 12 and under are free.
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