In this blog, right after the Manatee Festival, I revisit an earlier blog on our famous snowbirds…the manatees. You have several choices to view them…
“A manatee has a face only Mother Nature could love.” Once you meet a manatee, you’re hooked. The official marine mammal of the state of Florida, manatees are nearsighted, slow-moving herbivores that average about 10 feet in length and weigh in at roughly 1,200 pounds. And they are here in Citrus County, FL!
Keep dry and see them at the Homosassa Wildlife Park. The Homosassa Springs Park is always a good spot to see the manatee and other Florida wildlife. Take the boat ride to the park or train from the location on Hwy 19 or go directly to the park on Yulee Drive.
A new addition to the area is the Trolley bus to Three Sisters Springs. The trolley is $15 for adults, $12 for children and $12.50 for seniors. But in reality, the trolley is free since those are the charges to enter the Three Sisters Springs Park. You cannot park at the Three Sisters. There is a shopping center you can park (legally?) and walk the half mile in. So the trolley is nice if you want to travel there (9 am-4:30 pm). The trolley starts at the Chamber of Commerce located near the Crystal River airport. It will take you to the Three Sisters area where you can view the manatee by walking the boardwalk. There is a short nature path to walk also. The trolley returns and then takes you through downtown Crystal River stopping in two spots. You may want to stop at Amy’s on the Avenue to visit the gift shop or have lunch. Or stop on the other side of Hwy 19 to visit the Cotton Club, Heritage Village, Highlander Café, River Ranch and Anderson Art Gallery. The trolley from these spots travels back to the Chamber parking lot.
View the MANATEE in the wild via a boat tour. You can take a boat ride to see the manatee for $15 a person out of Plantation Inn’s marina. And another option for boat tours is to snorkel with them. (I saw a sign at the Port Hotel for $80 per person but I am sure that includes the equipment.) With the water temps pretty stable at 71 degrees, the jump into the water is startling, but once you are used to the temp you are not cold again until you get out and return to the boat. Bring a warm garment to put on afterwards,
“Why we waited so long to snorkel with the manatee I do not know. The in season October-March are the best months to view and swim with the manatee and but what an exciting experience to have the manatees swim right up to you! My son and daughter-in-law captured great videos of their experience.”
I have had one recommendation for a snorkeling tour guide: Manatee Tour and Dive.
You really need a cool temperature day to view the manatee ( Think even more so on the Homosassa River) I believe the Crystal River has more manatee but also more tourists!…On warm days, the manatee leave and go out to the Gulf to feed and return late in the day.
UPCOMING CITRUS COUNTY EVENTS:
MUSIC AT THE MUSEUM: RICHARD SMITH & JULIE ADAMS
January 19, 2017 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Old Courthouse Heritage Museum, One Courthouse Square, Inverness, FL, United States
Guitarist Richard Smith’s fretboard fireworks and cellist Julie Adam’s warm tone and lyrical style will melt your heartstrings. Ranging from jazz standards to Django Reinhardt gypsy swing, not to mention their intriguing originals, Richard and Julie deliver lightning fast barn-burners and beautiful ballads, spiced with gentle and witty vocals. Lend them an ear: http://www.richardsmithmusic.com/duo. Tickets are $15 and include refreshments at intermission. Doors open at 6:30pm and music begins at 7pm.
January 28, 2017
CITRUS’ GOT TALENT FINAL COMPETITION
Valerie Theatre, 207 Courthouse Square, Inverness, FL 34450, USA
The City of Inverness hosts the Citrus’ Got Talent final competition.
Trophies and prizes will be awarded. There are three age groups: (1) Junior ages 6 to 12; (2) Teen ages 13 to 17; (3) Adult ages 18 and up. One winner in each category at the FINAL COMPETITION will receive a trophy and a grand prize of $100.00
For more information on Citrus Got Talent, please contact Lisa Calderone at [email protected] or (352) 726 2611 ext. 1312.