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02Viewing the Manatees

The manatees are definitely the main attraction at Blue Spring State Park, but they're not there all year. The warm waters of the spring attract them during the colder winter months, so if you want to see them, be sure to plan your visit between the months of November and March. Touching, feeding or otherwise interacting with the manatees is strictly forbidden, but the boardwalks around the spring typically provide excellent views of the more than 300 manatees that visit each year.

Manatee taken at Blue Springs State Park NetaDegany / Getty Images