Friday, December 20, 2013

Blue Springs State Park & Manatees!

Pittman Visitor Center
Altoona, FL

Ever since we've been researching full-time RVing,
we have been reading blogs of other full-timers who have seen the manatees.
Today, we got our chance!

which was just a little over a half hour drive.
After paying the modest $6.00 entrance fee,
we parked and walked up to the boardwalk that parallels the spring run.

I couldn't believe my eyes!!
Crystal clear water with over 200 manatees lounging around.

There were moms and babies too..

The Florida Manatees migrate into the warmer water of the springs.
The spring temperature averages 72 degrees year round.
They cannot tolerate temperatures colder than 68 degrees,
so when the water gets colder in the winter,
the mammals start making their way inland to warmer water.
They are just fascinating creatures, so trusting of humans.

We saw Wayne Hartley, Manatee specialist with the 'Save the Manatee club',
out doing his daily manatee count. The count for today was 271!

While we were there, we decided to take a cruise on the St.John's River.
The park offers a 2 hour trip with guide for only $20 each.
It was well worth it!

I took so many pictures..
We saw lots of birds..
Great Blue Herons,
Great Egrets,
Turkey Vultures..
oh my!

Of course there were lots of turtles sunning themselves..

and Alligators as well..

This guy was huge!

We were glad he was on the shore and feeling lazy :-)

George and I really enjoyed ourselves!


  1. That's a wonderful park and the manatees are so special!! Great photos!! Nature is Amazing:o)

  2. I don't know, that huge gator sure looked like he was eye balling you! ;c)

  3. I am SO glad you got to see the manatee. They are wonderful. We spend at least a week at Blue Spring every winter. I just love it.

  4. Nice photos, glad you got to see the manatee, such wonderful creatures.

  5. Looking forward to seeing them NEXT year. Keeping many ideas for future travel in mind.

  6. How awesome! I can't believe how clear that water is! Great photos!

  7. Gentle giants they are. More than 200 in one place! Sounds like you are enjoying Florida.

  8. Manatee are awesome! As Syl said, they are gentle giants indeed!

  9. How cool that your first manatee sighting included over 200 of them! Awesome!

  10. What a fun day, seeing 200+ manatees and taking a two hour boat tour. It is good you didn't take the 3 hour tour, that's the one Giligan took and you know what happened to him!