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Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge

1502 S.E. Kings Bay Dr., Crystal River, FL 34429
352-563-2088
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Bodies of Water
Activities: Swimming, Viewing wildlife, Snorkeling
Description: Swimming with manatees is the highlight of a trip to this nature reserve.
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Athens, Georgia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Enjoyed the sights via kayak. The springs are amazing and bird life is everywhere. Get out on the water to see it up close and all around you.

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Salisbury, Maryland, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

A tour guide takes you on a boat ride through jungle to the park. Once in the park you get to see Florida wild life in their natural habitat. They have a viewing area just for manatees which was the best part of our visit. We absolutely loved visiting and will go again.

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Apache Junction, Arizona
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Based stickily about Florida wildlife just a nice place to walk around for a few hours. Bring a camera you never know what you may see or almost step on!

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Trails were shut down. No facilities open. The place has potential to be a beautiful example of natural area.

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Punta Gorda, Florida
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Really crystal clear water in most areas with a very comfortable temperature in the summer heat. In winter months, you can view manatees in the wild but please do not touch!

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Jupiter, Florida
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54 reviews 54 reviews
21 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

There are many things to do here for the kids. The water taxi was a nice added touch. My family really enjoy the manatees. The staff was friendly and they answer all our questions. This is a good stop before going home.

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Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

We love visiting the animals in the refuge. When we arrived, the Manatees were feeding on cabbage and carrots. Throughout the refuge, you'll see many varieties of water fowl and winged birds, including our national bird, the Eagle. In addition, there were alligators and crocodiles and even a lone wolf. This is a great place for parents to bring their... More

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Jefferson City, Tennessee
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

My husband and I are spending our honeymoon here in Crystal River... it is so beautiful and peaceful. . The refuge is so serene.. we have had a wonderful time here... we have see manatees, gators, dolphins, birds of all kinds and the mosy amazing waterways of anywhere I jave been...

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Missouri
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Manatees congregate on the waterways of Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, and there are several dive shops in Crystal River that offer chances to swim and snorkel with the marine mammals. We were able to snorkel with a mother and a calf, and we also explored a couple of beautiful springs just off the river. The wildlife refuge does a... More

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Homosassa Springs, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

Well worth the trip. Enjoyed every minute of it. Highly recommend this outing to everyone. Definitely will be back.

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