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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.

Ten Discoveries to Make In Indian River County

Category: Where to Go
Region: Birding

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. 

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, 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.

We appreciate everyone's support. We love our #AuthenticFloridian community. We have lots of great things in store in the coming year so be sure to subscribe to our weekly e-newsletter so you don't miss our latest news. 

 

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Getaway to Authentic Apalachicola

Category: Where to Go
Region: Northwest Florida

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Discover Florida's Authentic Adventure Coast

Category: Where to Go
Region: Central West Florida

Adventures in Awesome, Authentic Miami

Category: Where to Go
Region: Southeast 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

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Category: Things to Do
Type: All Florida

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