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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, Nature & Parks
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, Nature & Parks
Activities: Swimming, Viewing wildlife, Snorkeling
Owner description: Swimming with manatees is the highlight of a trip to this nature reserve.

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Gridley, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

This is a very small building open to the public. It is informative and has a few nice displays but it is mostly a tourist type shop...

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Oak Ridge, New Jersey
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651 reviews 651 reviews
322 attraction reviews
497 helpful votes 497 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

The refuge office is a little hard to find, but they are very helpful. The Three Sisters area has restrictions on land access, but we got good views on a commercial boat ride. The one problem is crowds, which I suppose are somewhat beyond the refuge's control. Visiting Three Sisters on a nice day is like visiting Times Square -... More 

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Beverly Hills, Florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

This is the headquarters for Fish and Wildlife for this area. The gift shop is manned by volunteers who can give you information about anything in the area. Certainly worth a visit if you are in the area and looking for some gifts to take home. Ask about those cute manatee ornaments made by Judi M. from Beverly Hills

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7778 riversdie drive dublin ohio
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40 reviews 40 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Nothing to see . There more to see south at the Homosassa Springs State Park. It is a nice area though.

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Southeastern U.S.
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225 reviews 225 reviews
72 attraction reviews
168 helpful votes 168 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

If Walt Disney could have created a unique Florida wildlife experience, this would be it. But then many folks might not be able to afford it. You can join a tour to snorkel with manatees for around $50, or rent your own boat, canoe or kayak and do it even cheaper. Keep in mind that there are very strict rules... More 

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Herndon, Pennsylvania
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The hipo, 1600 pounds of wonderful, had celebrated his birthday the week before we were there. They gather the school kids and watch Lou enjoy his birthday cake! He was was 4 years old when the park got him. Of course the media has this in the local paper. Loved watching the wildlife, fish, birds etc. I could go on... More 

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Spring Hill, Florida, Usa
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44 reviews 44 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

If you find the refuge center, you find a lot of information on the area and refuges along the Gulf coast. If's a nice place to put a kayak in the water. But from here you have to go to the some adventure parking lot to take a bus ($) to a boardwalk to see the wildlife. There is a... More 

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Spring, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Manatees are peculiar animals and being able to interact with them is an experience of a lifetime. The park staff are friendly and keep errant tourists in line. You can tell they have a true heart for protecting the manatees.

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Savannah, Georgia
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143 reviews 143 reviews
45 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

The 84 manatees were mostly in a tight cluster near the boardwalk. The water is indeed "crystal clear", making for a stunning display. Come when these gentle creatures "hunker down" for the winter. It's worth the trip.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

This is a beautiful spot to kayak or snorkel with the manatees. Personally, I wish the kayaks had to be tied up outside like everything else but hey, that's me. We took two snorkeling trips there and we did a paddle board trip out as well. It gets very congested with tour groups -- which is why I gave it... More 

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