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Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge

Address: 1502 S.E. Kings Bay Dr., Crystal River, FL 34429
Phone Number: 352-563-2088
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Activities: Swimming, Viewing wildlife, Snorkeling
Owner description: Swimming with manatees is the highlight of a trip to this nature reserve.
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Activities: Swimming, Viewing wildlife, Snorkeling
Owner description: Swimming with manatees is the highlight of a trip to this nature reserve.

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Elizabethtown, Kentucky, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

You have to go here and see the crystal river honorary resident. The is everything in this park from native black bears, Key deer and even the Hippo that is amazing to see.

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Maryland
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

There's not much to see from land. There's a small native garden I liked, a beautiful view of the bay and an outdated visitors center. The best reason to stop is to pick up a hiking trails guide. You have to know where to go to find the trailheads since only one is off this road. There is a range... More 

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cardiff uk
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63 reviews 63 reviews
10 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

It turns out that the visitor centre has very little to offer ...except...a hard sell on purchasing tickets for the tour to the three sisters spring. Felt a bit let down.

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Warrenton, Virginia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

What a treasure! This park has so much to offer! The animals were wonderful...the staff and volunteers were helpful. If you love animals, this is a great way to spend the afternoon.

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Arcachon, France
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

During thé winter manatees come here to Rest in Crystal river We went for a walk to see them In Blue water It was magic quiet and peaceful Prefer to walk and have discussion With Volunteers instead of using kayak or swimming With thé animals so as to let them in peace

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Stockton, NJ
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Wildlife just a paddle stroke away. A floating visitor's center on a pontoon boat is a nice unusual touch.

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Southern Maryland
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27 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

I was on vacation and went with my hubby and in laws (as they both volunteer at this park) and toured the entire thing. It was huge and the animals were awesome. I think my favorite part was seeing Lucifer, the rhino, exit the water and eat his lunch. The entire park was awesome and i would go back to... More 

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Lexington Park, Maryland
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67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Great park with lots of animals. I really liked Lu the hippo. It was super crowded when I went but it was still nice. I would suggest going during the week when its a little bit less crowded.

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Ozark AL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

This was a great half day trip for our family while we were visiting the manatees in Crystal River. The Refuge is clean and well maintained. The board walk offers a great place for the kids to get out and spend some energy. The boat trip over was a great extra. The kids loved it!

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North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Manatees. Clear waters with an amazing variety of fish. Grotto like something out of a movie. A must see . . . and at roughly $50 per person, a bargain for the beauty and wonder it offers.

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