From November to March, the manatees migrate into the warmer waters of the Florida freshwater estuaries, rivers and springs. To my mind, they are absolutely adorable – so peaceful and gentle, I love nothing more than watching them glide along – it is just so calming. They can reach 13ft and 3000lb, they don’t do much, they spend most of their day resting and eating.
Manatees are protected animals so you should never touch or disturb them – there are heavy fines which are strictly enforced for harassing them.
Our favourite place to see the manatees is Blue Spring State Park. The best time to see them is before 1am – there is a viewing platform and it costs just $6 to take your car in.