Snorkeling in Florida - Our Next Family Adventure
Exciting news to report: This July our family is trying a new adventure: snorkeling in Florida-Our Next Family AdventureOf course, an Orlando visit wouldn't be complete without a trip to the parks - we'll probably cool off at Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach.
But snorkeling will be a fun way for us to unwind from the parks, especially with kids ages 13 and 20.
Snorkeling in Florida is a Breathtaking Underwater ExperienceIn Central Florida, you can snorkel in freshwater or saltwater (freshwater is a little clearer than saltwater).
Orlando is so close to beautiful lakes and two coasts, that it's only a 20-60 minute drive depending on your destination.
One of the most popular snorkeling attractions are the manatees, which you can swim with in the winter.
The water stays 72 degrees and the manatees are so gentle you can float right next to them.
Other common freshwater wildlife are blue crabs, eels, snappers and catfish.
In the ocean, you can see any number of fish, coral, dolphins and more!
Where Can We Go Snorkeling in Florida?Crystal River for the manatees.
Cape Canaveral State Park for saltwater snorkeling. Cape Canaveral is a must-see destination with 24 miles of undeveloped beaches!
Wekiwa Springs State Park for freshwater snorkeling (only 20 minutes north of Orlando!).
Snorkeling Wrap-upWe'll probably buy our snorkeling equipment at home so we can practice in a pool first.
From what I've heard, it takes less than 2 hours to learn the right snorkeling technique.
And the equipment (snorkel, mask and fins) is much more affordable than scuba diving.
We'll plan on packing picnic lunch, beach supplies, and sunscreen for a very fun and different way to relax in Florida!
Have you gone snorkeling in Florida? Share your stories in the comments below
. (We'd love any tips for our upcoming trip!)
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Thanks for sharingCaroline
The ROVH Team