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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: Swimming, Viewing wildlife, Snorkeling
Description: Swimming with manatees is the highlight of a trip to this nature reserve.

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really nice zoo of all local reptiles birds, puma etc

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... read more

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

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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Florida
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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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Tierra Verde, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

lots of walking. Our experience might have been better if it was in a different month. The time was too hot.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

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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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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