After a change of plans to include manatees on this Florida trip we had some free time on Saturday in Crystal River. We had our amazing swim in the morning, and a little warm up time in the hotel hot tub afterwards. I had heard that Three Sisters Springs was the place to see manatee so we drove five minutes up the road to the address online.
Parking is available at City Hall. We had just missed the shuttle and had an almost 20 minute wait. This gave us time to sit in the sunshine and to grab sweatshirts from the car.
We had figured out nothing was open in Melbourne Beach on Christmas day outside of the hotel. We decided to head back to Cocoa Beach figuring more would be happening with more tourists in that area.
Great plan! We spent at little time at Manatee Park, Daughter hates it there but I always stop to look for manatee. Seeing two in the bay a couple of days prior while fishing I thought we might see some at the park. Have not seen one yet there but this time we did see a dead horseshoe crab. We are all about expanding our horizons!
Then we wanted to visit Jetty Park. We had seen it a couple of times from the cruise ships. Its now $15 a day for non-residents to enter by car. No thanks, I don’t need to see it that bad. As we drove out we saw a Holiday Inn on the same road. I didn’t even know it was there but something I will keep in mind.
This took up a little of our afternoon but then we discovered Golf n Gator! This is what we were looking for, a little competition!
- This waterfront resource offers exercise stations, a boardwalk, picnic facilities & horseshoe pits.
Address: 701 Thurm Boulevard, Cape Canaveral, FL 32920
- Port Canaveral site featuring fishing, camping & swimming plus chances to watch cruise ships.
Address: 400 Jetty Park Road, Cape Canaveral, FL 32920