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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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Clevedon, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

This we found by accident it is set way back in a residential area, we went the wrong way, they was lots of educational panels, videos and pamphlets, the staff where very friendly and helpful as you would find in a tourist information. Giving us sheets where to go and how to locate tours, activities, lodgings.

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Crystal River, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Have a question about the nature and/or wildlife? This is the place to go! Knowledgeable staff and volunteers are available to help you navigate the area, discover manatees, and find adventures! The one-of-a-kind Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge works very hard to keep the animals and the environment safe. The building is beautifully painted and there is an excellent gift... More

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Athens, Georgia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
11 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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
5 helpful votes 5 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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
38 helpful votes 38 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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Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
18 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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
12 helpful votes 12 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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