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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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Swimming with manatees is the highlight of a trip to this nature reserve.

Swimming with manatees is the highlight of a trip to this nature reserve.

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$498*
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$68*
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Crystal River Manatee Swim

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fantastic time

while our grandson was visiting we took them there... What an experience from the boat ride to the animals... This is something they want to share with there boys, our great... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
bonnie c
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Lecanto, Florida
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Lecanto, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

while our grandson was visiting we took them there... What an experience from the boat ride to the animals... This is something they want to share with there boys, our great grandsomes when they return. Look forward to returning.

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Florida
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122 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Take the boat ride to the refuge. It is so quiet and beautiful to see all the trees and enjoy your volunteer tell you about the Park..Stroll around the wildlife refuge at your leisure. The rescued animals and birds look very well taken care of and healthy. They really seem concerned for the animals. A lovely way to spend your... More 

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Celebration, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This a beautiful park the animals are very well taken care of by the the volunteers that work there. You can see they take care of them with love and pride in their heart. There is so much to see and learn about Florida wildlife in the park. It is a beautiful experience for all ages.

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Thank Saskiatours
Magnetawan, Canada
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Loved seeing all the animals and birds and manatee. Great afternoon a hidden treasure. Was pleasantly surprised to find out there was so much to see .

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Spring Hill, Florida
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78 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We like to take anyone who comes down to visit here to give them a big piece of FL. The visitors get to take a boat ride and see the local plants and animals. The boat ride is very informative and amusing! There are lots of alligators manatees pelicans and assorted other native wildlife. I don't think the hippo build... More 

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Arden Hills, Minnesota
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266 reviews
75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited this refuge by accident. Great discovery. Fun to see the manatees and other wildlife. This would be a great stop on a road trip to let the kids stretch their legs and learn something too.

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Thank CaptainDan330
Chicago, Illinois
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40 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a most wonderful experience and day out to this refuge. It is set in natural areas, underwater fish viewing was amazing, don't miss the boat ride from the main visitor center, we were able to see birds up close.

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Greenfield, Indiana
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The kids loved this place. They got to see a lot of local animals and loved seeing Lou. You can see part of the springs here as well.

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maryland
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146 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Employees/volunteers were very pleasant and helpful. we had a bite to eat at the snack bar. The lunch was very tasty. We took the tram over and the boat back. The tram is faster but the boat ride was cute especially for small children. The volunteers gives a little talk on the boat. They had a talk on the hippo... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 521 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Amazing how many children - including overage children - who have no idea where the meals they eat come from. Or what happens to the animals they push aside in the relentless search for lebensraum and safety. These refuges will very soon one day be the only places these creatures can be safe. When that happens, it's called a "zoo".... More 

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