3 Incredible Animal Encounters at Florida's Springs


Florida’s springs are teeming with wildlife, and afford kids and adults alike opportunities to experience and share special moments.

Swim with Manatees at Crystal River

Animal-lovers can have a truly magical moment at this National Wildlife Refuge. Wild manatees flock here from mid-November through late March and families can swim with a manatee to get a truly up-close-and-personal view of the gentle creatures. Snorkeling, diving, swimming, paddle boarding, kayaking and more water activities can also be enjoyed year round.

Boat Among Alligators at Wakulla Springs State Park

The popular River Boat Tour at this state park offers visitors the chance to spot alligators lurking on the surface of the water or sunning themselves onshore. Lucky guests may also see a resident manatee if the season is right. Afterward, kids can dive and splash in the (gator free) swimming area. Adults will appreciate the historic lodge.

Dive with Marine Life at Fanning Springs

The spring pool is just over 200 feet deep, ideal for open-water diving. Of course, snorkeling and swimming also are options, and the spring has a floating dock and a diving platform. Boating, fishing, hiking and wildlife-viewing are also available.

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