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Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 1502 S.E. Kings Bay Dr., Crystal River, FL 34429
Phone Number: 352-563-2088
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Activities: Viewing wildlife, Snorkeling, Swimming
Description: Swimming with manatees is the highlight of a trip to this nature reserve.
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Crystal River Manatee Swim

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Manatees

Enjoyed seeing the manatees! There is a ton of wildlife to see in the refuge. Take your time and see everything. Never seen a hippo that close-up before. Huge animal.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Enjoyed seeing the manatees! There is a ton of wildlife to see in the refuge. Take your time and see everything. Never seen a hippo that close-up before. Huge animal.

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Inglis, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We have been there many times with grandkids and other families. An exceptional venue. Take the boat, not the tram. It's good for a least a half day.

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Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Popped into this information office looking for the Zoo type refuge, ED Kliener was there and couldn't have been better! Fabulous guy. Friendly. Full of info and laughs. Helped us a lot. "I could keep you busy for a week!" They have all you need to have a great time no matter what you're doing! Great shop for souvenirs too,... More 

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Cocoa Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Great place to visit for families of all ages! Enjoy the weather, the water and the animals in their natural habitats. Makes for a nice long weekend for families!

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Naples, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015 via mobile

This is a must stop location if you're up in the Crystal River air. They are great animal displays and you can see them up close. The educational aspect of it is also fantastic.

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Crystal River, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

found this wildlife refuge to be A-1. plenty to see and a pleasantpontoon boat ride to get you to the zoo. this area is made up of rivers that end at the refuge and naturall springs are plentiful engaging the gulf waters. so it makes for interesting ecology and habitat to a large assortment of wildlife. and this place is... More 

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Evansville, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

This is an excellent way to start your western Florida manatee experience. The refuge is dedicated to the preservation of these gentle giants. It also has a lot more to offer those who are interested in the flora and fauna of the area.

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Daytona Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

It was wonderful to visit the Wildlife Refuge and swim in the cool springs. What a spectacular way to end the day from scalloping.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

It's a great place for all who want to see Florida wildlife in a zoo setting, including manatees. The approach by boat gives a taste of how Florida looked like before we all came. We see some of these animals in our backyard, but not necessarily when we have visitors, so we take them here.

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Fredericia, Denmark
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

What a nice and quiet place, with lots of shade, you need this in the heat. It was fantastic to se the manatees.

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