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Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge

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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!
1502 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429-4661
+1 352-382-0102
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All reviews boat ride underwater viewing area visitor center state park great afternoon all ages nice park worth the trip manatees swimming three sisters sisters springs volunteers zoo flamingos panther boardwalk nwr
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I love going here to see the wildlife and I especially enjoy the birds! It is my go to place to bring out of town visitors. The parking can get crazy during the snow bird season (another of my favorite kind of birds LOL). I...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Esther K
Reviewed 4 days ago

Absolutely stunning place to go snorkeling. Unfortunately the day we came here the manatee decided to move further round to a less clear stretch of river but we still managed to see them. I saw a turtle swim by me that was just beautiful. We...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank KH2691
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visit this park every time visiting the Crystal River area. The walk is very nice, the underwater observatory is nice, but the windows are quiet scratched. The boatride from the parking lot to the park is a bonus, beautiful creek and a nice explanation....More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank DianW
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Nice place to spend a couple of hours. Get coupons online to save a few bucks. Bring the kids. Liked the Hippo and Cougar displays. Why must the review be 100 words or more? Sometimes you can get your point across in one sentence. This...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank Rich F
Reviewed 15 February 2019

this is work a visit just to see the lovely clear spring water. you park up behind the town hall and are taken to the park by trolley bus. I would recommend going when the weather is cool or cold as you get to see...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank jestersusa2018
Reviewed 13 February 2019

I loved this place. It is beautiful and has a boardwalk around the springs. There were 250 Manatees there the day we were and the springs are so clear we could see them all. I do prefer to swim with the manatees but if you...More

Date of experience: January 2019
2  Thank fishingforsun
Reviewed 4 February 2019 via mobile

Impressive boardwalk around the springs allowing great views of over 100 manatees. Not only that, numerous migrating birds were seen. Take the trolley from town. It will let you off where you want in town on the way back. They offer mitary and senior disciunts....More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank trouthook69
Reviewed 31 January 2019

Did this snorkel tour with Sea Daddy's dive tour boat. Crew was very knowledgeable and very attentive.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank James C
Reviewed 25 January 2019

We went to see all of the Manatees that have come into the rivers for the winter. There were literally hundreds of them in the lagoon area and out in crystal river. This is the best time of year to see so many. The boardwalk...More

Date of experience: January 2019
4  Thank Ken H
Reviewed 24 January 2019

We went to swim with the Manatee, spent the afternoon here, nice lay out, saw a Hippo, Manatee and more.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Brenda S
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$15.00 per adult
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