This is such a beautiful park to visit any time of the year but in the winter months you have a chance to see Manatee come up into the Springs to swim in the warmer temps. We were afraid that we would be too late to see any Manatee but knew we would enjoy the Park anyway.
Luck was with us!
We saw 6 Manatee all swimming together in an area close enough to get a good look. They are mammals and come up to breathe so everyone was excited every time one came up to the surface.
We called this one Silver back because he was keeping his back out of the water and it looked silver.
Wikipedia has an excellent article on Manatees and this photo to give you an idea of what you are seeing through the water.
The whole area was flooded, compared to past visits.
But most of the boardwalks were open to view turtles, fish and water birds.
Manatee Springs is on the Suwannee River and the views of the river are spectacular!
Are you looking forward to visiting your State Parks this Spring and Summer?