Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, Crystal River

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  • September 9, 2017
    Very nice place for hiking lots of trails. Wish we had more time to visit. But boat rides were not running at the time of visit.  more »
  • August 24, 2017
    Animals we easy to see and we experienced the manatee feeding. The fishbowl was amazing. Bring a snack and lots of water  more »
  • July 16, 2017
    Beautiful area, lovely grounds, incredible animals. Worth an afternoon trip! The manatee feeding, at the underwater viewing area, was our favorite event. Guides friendly & knowledgeable.  more »
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  • March 5, 2017
    Happy Manatee Awareness Month! These gentle giants – nicknamed “sea cows” for their diet of seagrass and other aquatic plants – can reach lengths of over 14 feet and weigh more than 3,000 pounds! Early explorers once mistook manatees, which have large, spoon-shaped tails, for young women, fueling legends of mermaids.
  • March 2, 2017
    Loved this place! Staff is friendly. My coworker and I launched our kayak and saw some manatees. We kayaks around and had a blast. The boaters are very careful around the kayakers.
  • March 19, 2017
    Great day at a good price. Need to come back when temp is better than 60 Degrees. Will definitely do again.
  • June 9, 2017
    Got to go to see the crystal clear water to kayak and swim within.
  • July 5, 2016
    This place is wonderful. It's a spring fed river feeding into a national wildlife refuge while managing to coexist with neighborhoods and somehow remain unspoiled. The water is clear, clean and beautiful here and the area is home to an amazing array of wildlife. It's one of the best places in the world to not only see manatees, but to swim with them in their own environment.

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If you wish to explore Florida's great outdoors on your own terms, consider renting a cabin in or near the quiet community of Crystal River. The area's vacation rentals not only offer fully equipped kitchens, private pools and spas, game rooms, and laundry facilities, but also provide you with more privacy than a hotel, motel, or bed and breakfast could. For something even more outdoorsy, and considerably less expensive, consider one of the area's campgrounds or RV parks.
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