Our highest count of manatees was done in mid-Jan and the aerial report was more than 800 manatees in the area!
Devoted to the customer experience and an active manatee rescue volunteer, Irish Dave shines as a photographer and one of the unique personalities that adds to the soul of our wacky family!
March brings Crystal River thousands of visitors hoping to see these elusive manatees, so we are hoping Mother Nature will cooperate and extend our cool season at least 6 more weeks.
We hope that this list gives you a little taste (see what we did there?) of the kind of food you can find in Crystal River, Florida. And if you’ve visited Crystal River and have any additional places you’d recommend, feel free to leave them in the comments below!
It was a funky place situated in an old fish freezer. The menu is very limited with not much on it besides good old American potato chips, chips & salsa, smoked mullet dip, peal & eat shrimp, blue crabs & Maine lobster.
Cold weather and water send Tampa Bay's gentle giants in search of warmth. Sometimes, that's where the Hillsborough River flows out, but that's not where manatees want to be when the flotilla arrives Saturday morning.
A glimpse of old Florida through images
This statue is a good photo op -- at least 30-feet long and well done, with paddle-tail and criss-cross markings. It was named "Bubbles" in a contest.
A great video featuring mom & calf in Crystal River, Florida
The Disney parks keep a notoriously tight grip on their props and property whether it is in use or not, so it is somewhat surprising that River Country, the very first Walt Disney World waterpark has been allowed to rot in ruin to this very day.
Following the success of his original skeleton museum in Oklahoma City, skull expert Jay Villamette opened this new, even larger attraction in Orlando. His two museums remain the only skeleton museums in the country. Fortunately, they’re both extensive.
Located in Walt Disney World’s Bay Lake, Discovery Island was opened as a lush zoological park, but after its closing it was left to deteriorate despite some terrific ideas on how to reopen the attraction.
What is now a much-loved attraction called Monkey Island was once a little more like a monkey detention center.
Biologists counted 6,620 manatees in February 2017, which is a baseline number and not an actual population estimate.
As the bitter cold numbs much of the country, rescuers rush to save both manatees and sea turtles, but thanks to SeaWorld, along with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and other organizations, some of the marine life are getting a second chance at life.
This is the time of year manatees flock together to deal with dropping temps, amassing in springs and water discharge basins to take advantage of the (relatively) warmer waters.
Take advantage of the Sunshine State’s surf, sun and sand at these top 10 beaches in Florida. With remote island getaways, big-city beaches and family-friendly shores perfect for shelling and sand-castle building, Florida promises a beach for every visitor.
The Yulee Sugar Mill began operating in 1851 to process the sugar cane grown by Yulee in the rich lowlands along the Homosassa River. The machinery was brought in by ship from New York and included a state of the art steam engine which drove the grinding machinery.
A 1987 story in Ducks Unlimited magazine mentioned Young and Jensen and dated the building of the first boat in 1950.