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Crystal River Preserve State Park, Crystal River

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Crystal River Preserve State Park is a Florida State Park, originally known as the Crystal River Buffer Preserve, covering 30,000 acres (120 km²) of islands, inlets, backwaters, and forests. It is between temperate and sub-tropical climate zones and contains plants and animals from both. The park borders 20 miles (30 km) of the Gulf of Mexico between the cities of Yankeetown and Homosassa. Crystal River Archaeological State Park is located within the park.Activities include canoeing, fishing, wildlife viewing, hiking and bicycling. Among the wildlife of the park are neotropical birds and hawks, white-tailed deer, wild turkey, and wading birds. Amenities include a dock, a 9-mile (14 km) biking trail, hiking trails and a two-and-a-half mile interpretive trail. The visitor center houses 6 dioramas, three 125 US gallon (473 L) aquariums, 2 snake exhibits, a diamondback terrapin enclosure, and a touch table. The park is open from 8:00 am till sundown year-round.Since the waterways adjacent to many of the park's shorelines are not technically included within the park boundary, it can be said that manatees are nowhere to be found in this State Park, even though, the nearest city (Crystal River) is nicknamed "Manatee Haven". However, acquisition of the land that makes up this state park does protect manatee habitat from development and manatees from the boating traffic associated with that development.
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  • The land from Tallahassee to Clearwater along U.S. Highway 19 in Florida remains today almost as lonely and barren as it was when my family first traveled the road in the early 1950s, when my father r...  more »
  • The staff at the park were very knowledgable and friendly. They were giving a couple before us kayaking tips on where to visit and camp over. The hiking trails were a bit more than we planned for the ...  more »
  • We walked the 7 mile loop trail on a Saturday with not much more to do because other area closed on weekend. Maybe another time of year preserve trail a nice walk but not in April. Saw a crab in the w...  more »
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  • The area is quaint and enjoyable. Some construction in progress. Would like to see more attention to the xeriscape demonstration.
  • Visitor center offers free parking, the archaeological site requires $3 parking fee. The attendants at the visitor center are helpful. There's cold tap water from refrigerated water fountains and clean restrooms with running water. See my photo for the hours when I visited in the winter.
  • Pleasant site. We visited on a dreary and rainy day. We did enjoy a short walk on a trail.
  • Excellent place for family outing.great place to swim with the manatees.
  • Peaceful and beautiful there is a abundance of wildlife

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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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