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Manatee Springs State Park

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Stunning!

Manatees in the Suwannee River, an alligator in the springs, pleasant and friendly refreshment in... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Bob W
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Sandown, England, United Kingdom
Great for a couple of hours ...

six dollars gets a car with two people into this park. Walk along the boardwalk and see manatees... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
phils_dad
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cheshire
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Warm spring water sends the manatees here for the winter months.
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11650 NW 115 St, Chiefland, FL 32626-8099
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Manatees in the Suwannee River, an alligator in the springs, pleasant and friendly refreshment in the park shop, and so much information about Florida's wonderful springs. The weather was perfect too.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Bob W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

six dollars gets a car with two people into this park. Walk along the boardwalk and see manatees. Take a costume and plunge into the 72 degree clear water springs to cool off. If you’re lucky, you’ll have manatees swimming alongside you. Small bar to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank phils_dad
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The rangers are mean. They will yell at you from the driver's window of their car, and not give a damn about your side of the story. This will be my last attempt at staying here (4th year, got worse every year) I swear, there...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a gorgeous park! Nice camping areas. Well maintained walk ways. Excellent markers explaining the springs. No manatees today and it was cloudy but glad we went. Will definitely consider camping there!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank AnnMarieSass
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We camped here for three nights. Nice campground with clean bathrooms. We biked the Nature Coast Trail from Chiefland to Fanning Springs. We kayaked the 9 mile trip with Anderson Outdoor Adventures. We biked the scenic eco loop trail in the park, 2 miles. Great...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Robin S
Reviewed 6 November 2018 via mobile

Beautiful park with well kept camping facilities. We took our kayaks in March. It was really cold so there were lots of manatees swimming around us. Going back again very soon

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Kim B
Reviewed 30 October 2018

I can't enough great things about Manatee Springs State Park. We arrived super late Friday night (11pm)- we called before 5pm to let them know and they gave us a gate code to get in. It was after quiet time and our tent is fairly...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 15 October 2018

Very nice boardwalks to overlook the spring and river. Nice swimming in the spring. Covered area for gatherings. Deer roaming around campsites. Area with picnic tables and grills. We camped in a 35' 5th wheeler. Smaller sites and tight getting in to your site. Not...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Jeff C
Reviewed 14 October 2018

This is a beautiful park, even with the tourist attraction associated with the Spring Head ... this spring is less crowded than say Wekiwa Springs in Apopka, but it still draws a crowd. We spent the night here in our Winnebago Navion at site 65...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Tom M
Reviewed 14 October 2018 via mobile

Virtually deserted in October. Absolutely beautiful! Kayak rentals were $20 for 2 hours. My daughters didn't think they would use the whole 2 hours but they enjoyed it so much that they did! Plenty of covered pavilions and picnic tables. The playground is a little...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Fearless16906574404
13 December 2018|
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Response from Bryan S | Reviewed this property |
They do not have gear rentals, you have to bring your own. We were there in August and the cost was $6 per car. You have to check in at the gate when you get there and check out when you leave. They do have a limit on how... More
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Krazykitty323
10 June 2018|
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Response from kathleenmW5669DU | Reviewed this property |
Magnolia 2 is the closest, not that far of a walk.
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mycaLee
26 March 2018|
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Response from AmandaC1994 | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can bring your own kayaks!!!! There is a small boat launch that you can use in the spring run!! It's beautiful!
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