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Five Ways to Befriend a Manatee: Start with a Visit to Crystal River, Florida

Category: Where to Go
Region: Central West Florida

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.

November 2019: Our Favorite Events in Authentic Florida

Category: Things to Do
Type: Festivals and Events

We are so fortunate to live in a state with great activities and festivals all year long. With cooler temperatures knocking at our door, November is an awesome time to attend a festival or special event.

We've narrowed our November 2019 list down to a few events that sounded extra interesting. To keep up with our favorite Florida Festivals throughout the year, be sure to follow us on Facebook and visit our Events tab. 

Authentic Florida Promise

Welcome to Authentic Florida, devoted to the unique treasures of Florida living with a splash of kitsch. We are passionate about "real" Florida and the endless variety of fun things to do – whether exploring new places, revisiting roadside attractions or dining out.  Each destination is personally experienced - ensuring an "authentic" journey for you.

We have been honored to win several awards including the Sunshine Award for "Favorite Travel Blogger" multiple times. We appreciate everyone's support and love our #AuthenticFloridian community.

 

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Celebrate Manatee Awareness Month!

Category: Where to Go
Region: Throughout Florida

UPF October 2019 Ad AF Poster

Getaway to Authentic Apalachicola

Category: Where to Go
Region: Northwest Florida

Discover Florida's Authentic Adventure Coast

Category: Where to Go
Region: Central West Florida

Step Back in Time in Charming St. Augustine

Category: Where to Go
Region: Northeast Florida

Seven Reasons to Fall in Love with Winter Park

Category: Things To Do
Region: Central Florida

Meet a Dynamic Duo: Brendan and Nicole Coudal

Category: Things To Do
Region: Southwest Florida

Enjoy Outdoor Fun with these 12 Ocala Adventures

Category: Where to Go
Region: Central Florida

Experience 10 Authentic Things To Do in Sarasota

Category: Things To Do
Region: Southwest Florida

Enjoy a Fun-Filled Weekend In Authentic Key West

Category: Where to Go
Region: Southeast Florida

Get Authentic on Anna Maria Island & Cortez Village

Category: Things to Do
Region: Southwest Florida

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Uncovering A Few of Florida's Quirky Accommodations

Category: Things To Do
Type: Things To Do

Visit Florida's Sanctuary: Bok Tower Gardens

Category: Where to Go
Region: Central Florida

Nicole Towel Ad - Nov 2019 Manatee Ad

A Walking App that Makes Florida Adventures Amazing!

Category: Things to Do
Type: All Florida

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Over 48,000 loyal fans can’t be wrong. Stay authentic and socialize with us for travel ideas, Florida kitsch, unique festivals to attend and so much more.

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