One of the best parts of living in Florida is the many opportunities to see the wide variety of flora and fauna. From the gorgeous tropical landscaping of your KB Tampa high quality home to the springs and surf of the Gulf Coast wild places, there are a multitude of adventures that can get you out under the sun and up close and personal to the beauty that makes Florida a destination for travelers from around the globe.
Manatees congregate in the warm spring waters of Florida’s Crystal River. At Three Sister’s Spring, just over an hour north of Tampa Bay, you can walk the boardwalk above their winter home, see them swimming in the crystal-clear water, and learn more about their habitat.
The Florida Aquarium, rated as one of the top 5 “kid-friendly” aquariums in America by Parents magazine, has a variety of visual and learning experiences that give you the opportunity to come face to face with aquatic animals. You can swim with sharks, walk through a Florida wetland, view a coral reef in a way that typically only divers can, and even take a 75-minute cruise around Tampa Bay on a 72 ft. catamaran. From the deck you’ll be able to see Atlantic Bottle-nosed dolphin.
Saving Sea Turtles
At Clearwater Marine Aquarium, a team of scientists and volunteers are dedicated to preserving Florida wildlife. From April to October they comb the Tampa Bay beaches for sea turtle nests, making sure that they are safe. Every year they collect nesting and hatching data and help to preserve the baby turtles where possible. Along with turtle rescue, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium hosts many wildlife exhibits, boat tours, and two very inspiring dolphins: Winter and Hope. Winter survived the loss of her tail from entanglement in a net and is now fitted with a prosthetic tail. Her story of survival is inspiring.
For birders, Florida’s Gulf Coast is one of the most active and diverse areas in the nation. A magnificent place to see nesting shorebirds near the Tampa Bay area is at the Shell Key Preserve. With 1,800 acres of native marine ecosystems, undeveloped barrier islands, and beaches, this is the perfect place to see birds nesting in their native habitats.