There’s no better place in the world to befriend a manatee than in Crystal River, Florida. Why? Because Three Sisters Springs in the Crystal River National WildlifeRefuge is where the manatees go. You’ll find sea cows—specifically West Indian Manatees—year-round in the waters of Crystal River and Homosassa. But from January through March, the creatures congregate by the hundreds because of the water’s constant 72-degree temp. It’s also the only place in the U.S. where you can legally swim with manatees, so it’s really no contest.
Indian River County is the citrus capital of North America. However, it doesn't stop there. There's so much to see and do. From phenomenal beaches to fantastic festivals, there is always something unique and interesting to discover in this particular portion of Florida's Treasure Coast.
We've picked 10 of our favorite discoveries and encourage you to put Vero Beach, Fellsmere and Sebastian on your places to visit list in 2020.
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