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Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge

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1502 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429-4661
+1 352-382-0102
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USD 55.00*
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Crystal River Manatee Snorkeling Tour
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USD 450.00*
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Private Tour: Custom Snorkeling Tour with Manatee Swim
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Come have an opportunity to see the great West Indian Manatee in the crystal clear springs at the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge!
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good25%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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1502 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429-4661
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+1 352-382-0102
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"boat ride"
in 17 reviews
"underwater viewing area"
in 3 reviews
"nice place to visit"
in 3 reviews
"take your time"
in 3 reviews
"board walk"
in 4 reviews
"gift shop"
in 7 reviews
"state park"
in 6 reviews
"all ages"
in 6 reviews
"manatees swimming"
in 3 reviews
"cold weather"
in 3 reviews
"three sisters"
in 6 reviews
"volunteers"
in 16 reviews
"zoo"
in 9 reviews
"information"
in 27 reviews
"flamingos"
in 4 reviews
"boardwalk"
in 11 reviews
"enclosures"
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Loads to do here, boat rides, animals to see and easily accessible for children push chairs or wheel chair users.

Thank Alexandra M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stop by as we headed to Daytona. A great spot to stop off and have a swim if you have your trunks. Lovely walk down to the river.

Thank Alan H
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The park is great whether you want to watch native animals in believable settings, view fish from an underwater observation point, watch the manatee come up to be fed, or just walk the trails lined with Florida vegetation. We keep going back.

Thank SUZANNE T
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice set up. Took boat into the area from the main entrance. Enjoyable view, animals. The park has numerous areas, the manatees are always available, a rhino, and the traditional Florida creatures, snakes, pink flamingos, to name a few. Enjoyable afternoon. Like most Florida attractions,...More

Thank Otonabee
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We parked across the street and walked in. Had read that the trolley came every half hour so the best choice for us was to park and walk. beautiful day volunteers were awesome. It did seem like a lot to pay but it was worth...More

1  Thank Christine F
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The staff was amazing from the beginning, the trail and paddling was very straight forward. Seeing the manatees was an absolutely mesmerizing experience. I have lived in Florida for 14 years and I have never experienced anything like this. Great service, sights, picture spots and...More

Thank Daniel T
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Reviewed 12 March 2018

This place is so well run, clean, and the volunteers are all well-informed and funny. The boat ride to the main part of the refuge was beautiful. We saw so many owls, flamingos, manatee, and eagles. Just loved our time here.

1  Thank TexasHazelnuts
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

Saw lots of things. Go early in the morning to see animals moving around. Lots of manatees. Great birds.

1  Thank mseeliger
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Jose A, Visitor Service Bio Tech at Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 6 March 2018

Thank you for your great review and your interest in our refuge!

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Reviewed 24 February 2018

Went in for an afternoon without any real expectations. I was pleasantly surprised. Nice boat ride to the park. The animals are wonderful from the Hippo to the panther and of course the manatees. Definitely worth the price of admission.

Thank TEBlaise
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Reviewed 10 February 2018

Walking through the park we were able to view all kinds of wildlife from Florida, bears, panther, foxes, snakes, birds, manatees that are being rehabilitated, and Lu the hippo. I have been many times & it is always on the list to bring grandkids, family,...More

Thank Vicky G
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Nelibean
14 February 2018|
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Response from DeannaTk | Reviewed this property |
1 352-382-0102 Website Do not know for sure.....this should be their busy time of year....above is their phone number....suggest you call
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Bruce G
24 January 2017|
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Response from Pam D | Reviewed this property |
They have an entrance fee. It's not priced separately. It isn't expensive at all.
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carjac1
10 May 2016|
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Response from Patricia Jill T | Reviewed this property |
We kayaked in Crystal River and back in the Wildlife Refuge. We saw manatees both in the river and in the refuge (more in the river), but we saw lots of birds and a small alligator in the refuge. We were there in the end... More
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