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

Category: Where to Go
Region: Birding

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.

FREE Quarantine Reads from University Press of Florida

Category: Things to Do
Type: Birding

Happy 75th Anniversary to our friends at University Press of Florida (UPF)!

As the COVID-19 pandemic brings about significant changes in our daily lives, University Press of Florida (UPF) is pleased to offer a selection of FREE eBooks for those in need of a good book during this time. You can enjoy these ten “Quarantine Reads” for free on eReaders such as Kindle, Nook, and Kobo through April 30, 2020. To access any of these free eBooks, visit your favorite eBook retailer and navigate to the book of your choice.

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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, meeting unique Floridians, 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.

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