About an hour north of Tampa/St. Petersburg is a small town called Crystal River. There are several businesses in that area that will allow you to swim (or snorkel or scuba dive) with manatees. Since manatees are an endangered species, there are some rules and regulations that you must follow in order to be allowed to enjoy the priviledge of swimming with them. But the time spent learning the rules is more than worth it the first time a 6 foot creature rolls over as gentle as a puppy to have her tummy scratched! This photo is of ... (more)