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

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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Camberley, United Kingdom
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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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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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VIRGINIA BEACH
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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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Md, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Hubby and I enjoyed our visit to this state park.. We enjoyed all the awesome birds and the hippo.. The manatee viewing was cool, we watched them being fed lettuce. The wild manatees in the river had left already I believe we saw one wild manatee. The other manatees are the part of the exhibit, like the ones we watched... More 

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Lecanto, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

we love this place...great for kids old or young...bring a camera...unique chance to see fish in natural habitat as well as land animals...worth every penny

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

This was a great place. I would recomend parking at the main building and taking the boat over. Its a great tour, they give some history of the refuge. The best part of this was the under water viewing room. You could see the manatee's so clearly! There was also a large assortment of birds and reptiles. They even have... More 

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Roswell, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Not much except a visitors center. Very nice and super informative especially the Manatee's. Watch the movie playing every few minutes. Lots of nice gifts and displays. Staff was OK, but not super helpful. Probably depends on the day. They are volunteers and place was very busy. Don't plan on seeing Manatee here. You must take private boat shuttle to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Very helpful here, offering great resources, tons of information, and many tips. The ranger was also nice enough to give great directions.

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