Manatees of Blue Spring and St. Johns River Cruise
February 4, 2022 @ 7:15 am - 2:30 pm$120.00
Meet in front of the Convention Center Building at the Radisson Resort at the Port to board the bus.
There is a marine head on the boat but it is highly recommended that you use the restrooms at Blue Spring State Park prior to leaving on the boat tour. Price includes lunch.
This special trip consists of a visit to Blue Spring State Park (BSSP) and a boat tour on the St. Johns River. The morning will start with a walk along the shore of Blue Spring Run to observe Florida’s most charismatic megafauna, the West Indian Manatee, and bird the woodlands surrounding the spring run. What makes BSSP so unique and special is that during colder months its crystal-clear waters are one Florida’s best places to watch the manatees and other wildlife such as fish, turtles, birds and alligators in their natural habitat. During manatee season, which runs approximately from mid-November through March, several hundred manatees can be viewed atop the spring’s overlooks on cold days. Lunch will be served on a river cruise onboard a U.S. Coast Guard approved pontoon boat that was specially designed to ply the shallow backwaters of this unique section of the historic St. Johns River. The captain is a licensed Coast Guard captain who knows the history of the area and the wildlife that abounds. It leaves from BSSP, passes through a historic cypress logging canal and into the Hontoon Dead River, where you will experience the wild and pristine Florida swamp as it has been over the centuries. Highlights from last year include more than a dozen Purple Gallinules, over two dozen Limpkins, more than three dozen Anhingas, both night herons and 5 species of woodpeckers.