A Very Memorable Day Trip!

 

 

 

Take a day trip from Flagler County to see manatees in their winter habitat! That’s right, in just one hour, you can be at Blue Spring State Park in Orange City, Florida! During the winter when water temperatures in the St Johns River drop below 73 degrees, manatee converge in large numbers to the largest headspring on the river. 

 

Manatee “season” lasts from November until mid-March each year and visitors may observe these docile marine mammals from the extensive handicap accessible boardwalk along the banks of the spring. Observation platforms allow guests to get a closer view of the “sea cows” and their young. Manatee are herbivores and spend most of their time grazing freshwater vegetation. Calves weigh between 60-70 pounds when they are born and nurse underwater. Adult manatee can weigh as much as 1,300 pounds!

 

Seeing endangered manatee up close is a spectacular sight. There are an estimated 6,250 West Indian manatee throughout Florida as of February 2016. It’s against federal and Florida law to harm or injure a manatee. Many manatee have been injured and killed by boat propellers. Red tides also called algae blooms are responsible for killing manatee as it can cause toxic effects on their central nervous systems (and are harmful to humans).

 

A visit to Blue Spring State Park will leave you with wonderment and joy. The park also has a twice daily boat tour with an experienced guide for an additional fee and is well worth the cost. Admission to the park is $6 per vehicle, $4 for a single occupant. Camping is also available. Hints: Arrive early as the park will close when it hits capacity and take a picnic! 

 

For more information www.floridastateparks.org/park/Blue-Spring

 

We’ve written before about the great outdoors on our blog and we are a little obsessed with being outside and who can blame us? It’s just part of living the Florida lifestyle. At RE/MAX Flagstaff our dedicated REALTORS® are driven to serve you and are committed to success. Please let us know how we can assist you with your real estate needs. Call us at (386) 246-8585.

 

 

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