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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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Great place, low price, very clean, and the staff was great. Ran by volunteers' that are will informed and love their jobs. A lot to see and easy to learn. We will go back next... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Great place, low price, very clean, and the staff was great. Ran by volunteers' that are will informed and love their jobs. A lot to see and easy to learn. We will go back next visit.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

This is a great destination to get a felling for the local wildlife and a respect for the animals. We really enjoyed learning about about the manatees and the area. Highly recommend!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We took a tram shuttle from the parking lot off of the main drive. The walk around the facility was beautiful and the animals were awesome. The guide who told us about the snakes was super informative and kept our lil one's attention. The animals are all injured or cannot be returned to the wild for one reason or another.... More 

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Amissville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

A wonderful nature experience. Bring the kids! Bears and alligators and manatees. There's even a hippo!

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Summerville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

We saw lots of manatees on this trip. They also have quite a bit of wildlife and a hippo! It was really cool to take the boat ride and walk around. We had a lot of fun here and spent about half the day here. The fish bowl is pretty cool too, there were a lot of fish there.

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Camberley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Many facilities no longer have the Wild Life or the things that they promised. Shame, but that is what is happening in Florida now

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The Villages, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Our visit was interesting and educational. This is a rescue facility for wildlife native to Florida (and one naturalized hippo). The grounds are clean and well maintained. We enjoyed the 20 minute boat ride from the main entry to the animal area. The staff was friendly and helpful. This is the type of experience that children will love,

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Elgin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Saw the sign for this refuge and decided to check it out. Well worth the time. About 2 - 3 hours. Staff very informative.

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Schaumburg, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Well worth it. Great place for little and big kids. Seeing the animals up close was awesome. The staff was knowledgable and fun.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

I was confused reading the reviews/photos here for the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge on Kings Bay Dr. It is just the headquarters for Crystal River. It's a small building at Kings Bay with a gift shop, a small museum detailing how to protect Manatees, and a dock to launch kayaks and boats. A volunteer with the refuge is there... More 

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Address: Address: 1502 S.E. Kings Bay Dr., Crystal River, FL 34429
Phone Number: 352-563-2088
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Crystal River

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