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Address: 525 Northwest 7th Avenue, Crystal River, FL 34428
Phone Number: 352-795-6798
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8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

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We saw Manatees! It was great. The staff was knowledgable and attentive. The river was clear enough to see the Manatees well. The gear they gave us was in excellent... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Palm Beach Shores, Florida
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Palm Beach Shores, Florida
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We saw Manatees! It was great. The staff was knowledgable and attentive. The river was clear enough to see the Manatees well. The gear they gave us was in excellent condition. The water was a little cool but the wetsuits worked fine. Good outing.

Thank Kfritz0627
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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49 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

My husband and I enjoyed the noonday scenic pontoon boat tour on King's Bay. Our Captain pointed out natural and local features and answered questions. We saw two manatees up close, it is not season for them to be here. Covered seating if one is concerned about exposure. Very gentle ride. We were guests at the Best Western where the... More 

Thank Shauna D
Fleet, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Friendly and helpful staff. We wanted to rent a small craft for a couple of hours to explore the river Bay Area. The guys at Crystal Lodge explained the local rules, showed us the mandatory video, highlighted possible routes on the map they gave us with what to look out for and perhaps more importantly, what to avoid!! Very happy... More 

Thank JohnDobson_UK
Tampa, Florida
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27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

I wanted to take some family members fishing in the area and searched for boat rental places. Everything on the web page looked good about this facility, except the fine print that said pontoon boats cannot be used for fishing. I even called the Dive Center to confirm this unusual policy. It is true; they apparently find fishermen unpleasant. Instead,... More 

Thank George K
Reynoldsburg, Ohio
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31 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Get there early so you have plenty of time to watch the required video and get your equipment. We had a large party and they were really flexible when we decided to get a bigger boat. Called a lot of pontoon rental places but this shop had the most options and reasonable prices. Knew there's not a lot of manatee... More 

Thank Katydid_Katydont
Jacksonville, Florida
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39 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

First July is not the prime Manatee season! We got to the dive center early and they don't open until 8 am. We had a party of 12, 2 not snorkeling. We got our equipment and watched an 8 minute video on manatees. It took a while to get the wet suits on, especially the kids, could have used a... More 

Thank Caribbeanplease1
Fuerteventura, Spain
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

We spent 9 nights in Florida, our plan was quite "packed" - Miami, Key West, Everglades, Tampa, Orlando, NASA Center, back to Miami. A lot of driving and not too much time to enjoy small towns etc. My husband was quite tired of driving back and forth to different places, he did not want to go to Cristal River. Luckily... More 

1 Thank Zuzia S
Charlotte, North Carolina
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75 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Jerry was super friendly and helpful. Rented a pontoon for our family to snorkel the springs. AMAZING is the only word I can think of. Got there early and we were the ONLY ones in 3 sisters and this has to be in the top 10 things I have ever seen in nature. Spectacular to experience. No manatees were there... More 

1 Thank stutide
Houston, Texas
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203 reviews
117 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We rented a pontoon from Crystal Lodge Dive Center. We drove it over to Three Sisters Spring and went snorkeling. Unfortunately, we were too late in the season to see any manatees. However, the trip was really fun! We enjoyed looking at all of the wildlife underwater as well as the actual springs. The boat only cost $25 an hour.... More 

1 Thank Dawn D
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

The manatee tour was amazing! Even though there is less of a chance to see manatee this time of year we still managed to find some! Even if we didn't see any the trip would have been great. The Capitan took us to see some great sites and knew a lot about the area. Thanks for such a great time!

Thank VanessaLouise123

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