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Discover Our Extraordinary Manatee Festival at Blue Spring State Park – January 23rd & 24th! January 15, 2016


Manatee News 1 15 2016

It’s Time Again to Celebrate our Manatee Festival at Blue Spring State Park!

Warm greetings to you!  OK – it’s that time of year again for all us manatees to celebrate keeping warm! Where? At our upcoming Manatee Festival on Saturday, January 23rd and Sunday, January 24th at Blue Spring State Park!  The 2,600 acre park is located in Orange City, Florida.  Blue Spring State Park is in Volusia County and it’s nestled along the scenic banks of the St. Johns River.  The park is about 30 miles northeast of Orlando, Florida and 30 miles southwest of Daytona Beach, Florida.

Uncover Hundreds of Manatees in Florida’s Largest Spring… 

Blue Spring State Park – Triple Crown Winner!

Blue Spring State Park is a Triple Crown winner!  According to Florida’s Natural Wonders, Blue Spring is actually “a first magnitude spring, meaning it discharges more than 100 cubic feet of water per second. In fact, Blue Spring discharges about 165 million gallons/day!” Here are some more fun facts about Blue Spring…

  • It has the largest spring, which feeds the St. Johns River. The St. Johns is the longest river in Florida, and it actually flows south to north, spanning 310 miles!
  • Blue Spring State Park is the only park in Florida’s State Park System – to receive the National Gold Medal 3 times! A Triple Crown Winner!  No other state has even won it twice!
  • It has a 73 degrees Fahrenheit year round water temperature, courtesy of its natural warm spring, which is enjoyed by humans and wildlife year round. However, from November 15th through March 15th, it’s a refuge for only us manatees!  Sorry humans. During these cooler winter months, there may be up to 400 of us manatees partying and just having a grand old time in the spring! Remember, we manatees are warm-blooded marine mammals and we prefer water temperatures in the 70’s. So when the St. Johns River dips into the 60’s, Blue Spring State Park – here we come! As a result, we celebrate every January with our awesome Manatee Festival!

Join Robert Scott Thayer – Author of the Award-Winning Kobee Manatee Children’s Educational Picture Book Series at the Orange City, Blue Spring Manatee Festival!

Don’t miss out on the fun!  Come join us at our 31st Annual Manatee Festival. The author of my children’s educational picture book series, Robert Scott Thayer, will be doing a book signing at Blue Spring State Park during the festival!  Here’s more on the manatee fun…

The Festival is at both Valentine Park and Blue Spring State Park in Orange City.  Valentine Park will have continuous entertainment for the whole family!  Admission is $8 for adults, children 4-10 $2, and children 3 and under – FREE!  Dog admission is $10. There will be food, fun arts and crafts!  Now here’s the best part, you can grab a free shuttle bus, which takes you over to Blue Spring!  And there you can view all of us manatees up close!  We look forward to meeting you Saturday, January 23rd and Sunday, January 24th!  Here’s a link…

If you are in Florida and you see a sick or injured manatee, please call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at: 1-888-404-FWCC. They are the folks who are responsible for rescuing us in Florida.

Here’s the Save the Manatee Club link to learn more about us manatees …

Here’s a cool link for you to learn more about how we’re rescued and brought into rehabilitation …

~ Kobee Manatee




Discover Our Extraordinary Manatee Festival at Blue Spring State Park – January 23rd & 24th!

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Robert Scott Thayer

Author Robert Scott Thayer is also a recording artist who writes and sings in the pop, jazz, and children’s genres. Robert has won several International Songwriting Awards including those from Billboard. His newest children’s tune, Kobee’s Song, produced by 2012 Grammy winner Jim Cravero, is fun, upbeat, and has a solid reggae groove. It’s about the clever protagonist, KOBEE MANATEE, in Thayer’s first children’s informational picture book.



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