As a place to add to your itinerary, this one is a fabulous little side trip. Manatee Springs was one of my favorites of our trip, not just because of the spontaneity, but the scenery was incredible. Definitely worth a visit!
Where Else You Can Swim With Manatees
About an hour south on US 98 is another spot known for manatees, Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, FL. There are a lot of commercial tour companies there that offer manatee experiences, so you can look them up before you get there and book a swim.
It’s important to remember that it’s illegal to touch, pet or even kiss a manatee (don’t worry, the one in the picture above is a statue!). It’s OK if they brush past you, but you don’t want to climb on one or otherwise bother them. But just getting close to them is a thrill!
If you’re not sure about swimming with the beautiful creatures, you can get a good look at them from above at Blue Spring State Park, about two hours back east across Florida. Blue Spring State Park features a boardwalk along the St. Johns River that gives you a great view of manatees in the clear water.
Book a Van to Explore Florida
There are a number of fun places in Florida to visit in an Escape Campervan. Check out the Ocala National Forest, St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge and the Florida Everglades National Park, among others.
Book a camper van and hit the Florida roads today!