Fabulous Florida Springs
Another pinner said: "West Central Florida. HOMOSASSA SPRINGS WILDLIFE STATE PARK. Manatees visit many of the state’s springs in winter, but you can see the gentle giants year-round at Homosassa Springs. Get here early, when they’re most active. Three feeding times daily serve each animal. www.floridastateparks.org/homosassasprings. "
Best Warm-Weather Family Adventures
Hot-Spring Hopping in Central Florida averages winter highs of 73, has more than 240 days of sunshine a year & 700 freshwater springs. Each crystal-clear springs maintains a year-round temp of 72. Blue Springs State Park ($6), 40 min. from Orlando, is a winter fave among scuba divers, snorkelers, & manatees as well as hikers, kayakers, & riverboaters. Stay: Orlando’s posh Waldorf Astoria (from $199) shares pool access with the neighboring Hilton, so kids can use its lazy river and waterslides.