With summer coming to an end and the “colder” weather heading our way, Hernando County makes sure to keep the outdoor activities coming.  So, what comes with colder weather in Hernando County? Manatees!  Manatees are beginning to congregate in large herds looking for warmer water, and they find it every year in our crystal clear, warm Florida springs.

You can spot these elephant relatives year round in Florida but it is much easier in the cooler months when the large numbers cluster near the warm water.  Manatees are gentle giants weighing anywhere between 1,000-3,500 pounds, but don’t worry they spend their days grazing along grass flats consuming up to ten percent of their body weight in marine vegetation each day and wouldn’t hurt a fly.

So where can you find these gentle underwater mammals? Many Florida guide company’s specialize in manatee trips, either by boat, canoe or kayak where anyone can get a closer look. Luckily for Hernando County, some of the most popular viewing areas are local.

Hernando County’s Weeki Wachee River is one of the spots where manatee’s are known to travel up and down to enjoy the warm springs.  The best part about searching for these incredible mammals on the Weeki Wachee River is the translucent waterway with a sandy, shallow bottom that makes viewing much easier.  Paddling Adventures will provide equipment and tips for an enjoyable kayak ride down the river.  Manatees are a plus, but the river also provides an abundance of other wildlife to see.

The residents of GlenLakes are surrounded by outdoor activities that make it easy to live an adventurous lifestyle.  With nature as your backyard, there are always beautiful things to see and experience every day.  Spend less time worrying about your home with maintenance free living at GlenLakes and more time discovering what’s outside your front door.  To see what the GlenLakes lifestyle is all about, click here.