Another one of our favorite destinations that we have discovered in Florida is the area of Crystal River and Seven Sisters Spring. In the summer, many charters will take you out to the shallow grass beds to do your own scalloping--it was such a great adventure for our family, even the littlest one was able to grab a couple! During the colder winter months the springs allow the manatees to escape the cold and serve as a place where they can come to mate, and then birth and nurse their young. In winter months, the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge is home to literally hundreds of manatees! Crystal River is located approximately 1 1/2 hours north of the Cottage--a definite out of the ordinary day trip while visiting the area!