Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, Crystal River

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Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge is located in Crystal River. Our Crystal River trip itinerary builder site makes visiting Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge and other Crystal River attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Reviewers here seem to have confused the Crystal River Wildlife Refuge with the nearby Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park, even in their posted pictures. The Refuge is a natural area along the Gulf with ...  more »
  • 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 »
  • Animals we easy to see and we experienced the manatee feeding. The fishbowl was amazing. Bring a snack and lots of water  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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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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