About Manatees and St. Augustine

We left Orlando in order to visit St. Augustine in the northeast of Florida. We stopped on the way at Blue Spring State Park, because we had read that the spring is full of Manatees during winter. And what can I say…

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…true story! Smiley

More than 200 Manatees were present on the day we visited the park. We even saw mothers feeding their calves. Amazing.

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Manatees are such beautiful, peaceful creatures. Observing them was amazing. However, it hurt seeing how many scars they had on their bodies. Many Manatees get hit by speedboats and these encounters can end deadly for these beautiful animals. So if you own a boat: Drive carefully!!

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Fun fact about Manatees: Their appearances have fueled mermaid legends for centuries. Even Christopher Columbus misinterpreted Manatees once and thought he saw mermaids! Smiley mit geöffnetem Mund He wrote in his journal that they were “not so beautiful as they are said to be, for their faces had some masculine traits.”

The Manatees are definitely the most amazing part of Blue Spring State Park, but the river and the vegetation are worth a visit, too:

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Plus, Manatees are not the only wildlife you can observe from the boardwalk next to the river…

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We hit the road again and arrived in St. Augustine around noon. St. Augustine was founded in September of 1565 by the Spanish and is thus the oldest city in the US that was continuously occupied by Europeans and their descendants.

Once upon a time in an ancient little Florida town…

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…prince Moritz and princess Mel visited a fort… Smiley mit geöffnetem Mund

Well, sometimes fairytales do become true and thus, we truly visited a fort: Castillo de San Marcos

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San Marcos is actually not very big so we were finished after half an hour. We walked back into town and along St. George Street…

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… where we passed the oldest wooden school house…

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… and had a huge scoop of ice cream: chocolate-peanut butter, mmmmmmmmmhhhhhhhhh! Smiley mit geöffnetem Mund

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Our last stop for the day: the lighthouse

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I have to admit, the highlight of the day was definitely Blue Spring State Park with its Manatees. St. Augustine is pretty but way too touristy.

Oh, and if you wonder if it feels like Christmas in St. Augustine, this one is for you:

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More information about:

Blue Spring State Park

Manatees and mermaid legends (by national geographic)

St. Augustine