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As manatees can't survive in water below 60 degrees, they migrate to Kings Bay and the adjacent rivers every winter, which are an average 72 degrees all year round. So from November through March 2012, you can head to Crystal River, which is 70 miles north of Tampa, where it is the epicenter of manatee-watching, and go frolicking with these giant but affectionate creatures! Next year...

This is heartwarming: The Whale… If you read a recent front page story of the San Francisco Chronicle, you would have read about a female humpback whale who had become entangled in a spider web of crab traps and lines. She was weighted down by hundreds of pounds of traps that caused her to struggle to stay afloat. She also had hundreds of yards of line rope wrapped around her body, her tail, her torso, a line tugging in her mouth. A fisherman spotted her just east of the Farallon Islands…

from Roadtrippers

Three Sisters Spring

Three Sisters Spring in Crystal River. Swim with manatees at this beautiful florida natural springs. Great for a family day out or vacation stop.

from The Huffington Post

12 Unexpectedly Awesome Places In Florida That Aren't Disney World

If you're looking to swim or snorkel with manatees, the only place in Florida to legally do so is Crystal River. Added bonus? It's not Sea World.

from Condé Nast Traveler

Amelia Island

Amelia Island State Park is one of the few places you can ride horses on the beach in Florida. Yup. Andrew... let's start packing our things :)