28th Annual Florida Manatee Festival
January 17th & 18th, 2015
Inquisitive, playful, gentle and large…these are all descriptive words we use when referring to our most celebrated underwater inhabitants here on the Nature Coast. The Florida Manatees. Join us for the 28th Annual Florida Manatee Festival and meet our celebrities in action as they play in the beautiful Three Sisters Springs.
The beautiful downtown area of Crystal River, Florida will act as our host for the festival which takes place on Saturday, January 17th and Sunday, January 18th. Make sure to book your rooms now at our newly renovated Quality Inn Conference Center at Citrus Hills, Florida. Our Crystal River-Hernando, Florida hotel is approximately 10 miles from the festival venue!
Over 50 fine art exhibitors and 150 vendors will showcase their arts, crafts and delicious food items. Everything from fresh, fried kettle chips to beautiful handmade jewelry will be at your fingertips! Photography, paintings, sculptures and other fine art pieces will be on display and for purchase. We invite you to support our local and visiting artists!
From 9am to 4pm on Saturday, Three Sisters Springs will hold an open house with a complimentary shuttle running from Kings Bay Plaza to the springs. This protected sanctuary offers a safe haven for manatees when they feel harassed or stressed by human interaction. During the winter months, it is home to hundreds of Florida Manatees. Stop by and take a stroll on the newly installed boardwalk. There’s sure to be plenty of photo opportunities as these playful mammals just love to pose!
The guided boat tours are perfect for those of you who have always wanted a shot at viewing the majestic Florida Manatee in its natural environment. Hop on and ride throughout Kings Bay in Crystal River, Florida. Due to its warm waters, the bay is home to hundreds upon hundreds of Florida Manatees year round!
Rock walls, pony rides and bounce houses…oh my! Kiddos are welcome. What better way to incorporate some fun, learning-filled adventure into your weekend? Volunteers will be on hand with a variety of movies, trivia and fun-filled manatee games that will surely keep your little ones entertained. After the festival, take the kids for a refreshing swim in our outdoor heated pool. Our Inverness-Crystal River, Florida hotel is not only convenient to the festival location we offer all the amenities you need in a home away from home!
The 28th Annual Florida Manatee Festival is the perfect event to meet Citrus County’s most celebrated inhabitants…the Florida Manatees! Book your room today at our beautiful Quality Inn Conference Center at Citrus Hills, Florida. Don’t forget our delicious breakfast before heading out to meet our magnificent mammals!
Saturday, January 17, 2015 – 9am to 5pm
Sunday, January 18, 2015 – 9am to 4pm
Adults $3 donation required. Children 12 and under are free.
Free Shuttle Service Available from the Crystal River Mall to the festival.