Two large manatee festivals celebrate Florida’s beloved manatee every January — one in Orange City and one in Crystal River. These two locations are probably the best places in the state to see manatees well and in great numbers. Next up: Jan. 26-27 in Orange City.
The Weeki Wachee is being overwhelmed with visitors. It’s partly because of a viral video of people on SUPs watching a herd of manatees float by. But it is also because of this: It is SO BEAUTIFUL, as I was reminded when I paddled it last week.