Swimming With the Manatees in Crystal River
Floridians love their manatees. You’ll find their roly-poly bodies emblazoned on ball caps, face masks, T-shirts, beach bags and koozies.
But in the 1960s, there were only about 500 manatees left in the wild due to human encroachment along Florida waterways, water pollution and collisions with boats and ships.
Manatees get going early in the day, and so must you for the best chance to see them. There are quite a few tour guides offering the manatee experience, but none as convenient as the Adventure Center, just a stone’s throw from the resort’s front desk.