This is a must do for any nature lover. Peak viewing times are from mid fall to mid spring, basically when it is cooler. I have been out to Blue Springs on some really cold days and have seen several hundred manatees in the run at once. It is such a beautiful, peaceful place and really puts you in touch with nature. There are some informative displays if you walk back into the spring area, just off the nature trail. The front area has picnic tables and a small playground. If you do go, please appreciate that others are trying to take in the beauty of the place, and control your kids...that is the only thing I dislike about this place: many parents let their kids run wild out here. There are numerous viewing areas that overhang the water, so that you can get an up close and personal view of the manatees and the fish in the spring run. The water is crystal clear in most places, affording you a wonderful view of the manatees. If you have never seen manatees, this is a must do! Hopefully seeing these manatees in such a setting will make you realize that they need to be protected. There are only a couple thousand of them left in the wild. Boating activities, coupled with the recent cold Florida winters, have taken a really hard toll on them. Go to Blue Springs, you will not regret it!
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