Manatees' tails (flukes) are specially adapted to maintain their body temperature.
From Disney World to Universal, Florida is known for its abundance of theme park attractions. Adding up the cost of entrance fees, food and accommodation, however, can add up pretty quickly when you’re planning a family getaway to the Sunshine State. Luckily for those on a budget, Florida is also home to plenty of low-cost attractions where you can escape the tourist crowds and save your hard-earned money.
Manatees — those comically blimp-like “sea cows” whose gentle, lumbering ways also made them susceptible to the threats that nearly killed them off as a species — are no longer endangered.
Florida wird vielfach als Musterbeispiel für künstlich geschaffene Tourismusattraktionen genannt. Kein Wunder, hält man sich die Vielzahl der Freizeitparks rund um Orlando vor Augen. Aber der US-Bundesstaat bietet auch echte Naturerlebnisse, die man sonst kaum auf dieser Welt erleben kann. Dazu zählt natürlich oft als erstes ein Besuch der Everglades und ihrer schier unzähligen Alligatoren und anderen Tierarten. Ein Erlebnis ganz besonderer Art gibt es jedoch in Westflorida nahe Clearwater in Crystal River und Homosassa: hier kann man mit den archaisch anmutenden Seekühen, hier Manatees genannt, schwimmen.
We recommend you try to fit as many of these into your 2017 to-do list as possible.
With the arrival of colder weather, manatee refuges and tour centers are preparing for the upcoming manatee season, which will see the mammals concentrate in warmer waters around the state and will last from Nov. 15 to March 31, 2017.
Homosassa is derived from a Seminole Indian name meaning either "river of fishes" or "pepper ridge".
Crystal River is a city in Citrus County, Florida, United States. The city was incorporated in 1903 and is the self professed "Home of the Manatee". Crystal River Preserve State Park is located nearby, and Crystal River Archaeological State Park is located in the city's northwest side.
Scallops need the right mix of saltwater and freshwater to survive. If rains are heavy, too much freshwater can flood the bay and wipe out a crop. If the water is too salty, they won't survive, either.
Head up to Florida's prime scalloping grounds and try your hand at harvesting fresh Florida bay scallops.
Have you ever gone scalloping? Personally, I had not, until a recent trip to Gulf County, Fla. I wasn’t even sure what the act of “scalloping” was. Yes, getting scallops, surely, but how? And what did that entail? It turns out, it’s both fairly simple, and not as easy as you would expect.
The area may be known as The Water Lover’s Florida, but aquatic adventure is only the beginning: Citrus County and its unspoiled natural surroundings have land-based pursuits for a variety of interests. Let this page be your guide to discovering a few of the activities on land that keep our visitors coming back.