Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, Crystal River

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  • 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 »
  • We took our grandson who has ADHD and he was totally astounded and love it because the animals are close enough together that he wasn't bored but far enough apart that he could ex-spell tons of energy...  more »
  • We visited with our three children (ages 10, 6 and 1) and they all enjoyed the experience. We loved the manatee exhibit of course! The underwater viewing area is a must! That was the kids favorite of ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Great day at a good price. Need to come back when temp is better than 60 Degrees. Will definitely do again.
  • Got to go to see the crystal clear water to kayak and swim within.
  • 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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Where to stay in Crystal River

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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