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Manatee Festival

Where to see a manatee

By Times staff
© St. Petersburg Times
published January 10, 2003

The best way to see a manatee is by visiting Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park.

It has a captive herd of manatees in a natural spring setting and the manatees are visible year-round. In order to see manatees at Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, you must access the area by boat. The refuge does not provide boat access, but you may obtain boat access through one of the many dive shops in Crystal River.

You may rent a boat, canoe or kayak or go on a sightseeing trip or a guided snorkeling/dive trip.

-- Source: Joyce Kleen, biologist with Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge

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