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.
We’ll admit it, we have a bit of an addiction to books … especially ones about Florida. That's why we love it when our friends at University Press of Florida have a sale ... and their 75th Anniversary book sale is happening right now!!!
We have highlighted 12 of our favorite Florida books, but their catalog of books is worth exploring. Use code NY2020 to receive 30% off your order. You can also place your order by calling 800.226.3822. Happy Shopping!
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