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Address: 1502 S.E. Kings Bay Drive, Crystal River, FL 34429
Phone Number: 352-563-2088
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Just Beautiful! And Manatees!

Amazing scenery and wildlife! You can rent a canoe for a very low price. Plan your trip so you don't get stuck in shallow water at low tide. Manatees in the deep bends and side... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Centreville, Virginia

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Centreville, Virginia
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Amazing scenery and wildlife! You can rent a canoe for a very low price. Plan your trip so you don't get stuck in shallow water at low tide. Manatees in the deep bends and side springs!

1 Thank manateesneedsprings
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128 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We ended up at the boat dock at the Chass , the RV campground just to nose around. We walked into the store and the counter person suggested renting a kayak to be see the river. We did and we were absolutely enthralled. What a cool way to explore the river. We saw 2 dozen different birds, no manatees (... More 

1 Thank markobear1
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34 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spent a whole afternoon canooeing and kayaking down amazing crystal clear waters. Prices were great and you could just go anywhere on your own accord. We didn't see any manatees (they live in the area!) but we saw tonnes of fish and beautiful birds. The springs are truly special and there are even underwater caves to be disocevered! Truly... More 

1 Thank Jess W
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We camped for a week here with our 7 and 9 year old. It was beyond magical!! We bought a blowup boat and an electric motor for it and had a blast. Manatees were EVERYWHERE, you could not miss them. If you were just walking in a bay with a hot spring you will have a manatee come up to... More 

2 Thank Julie T
Fremantle, Australia
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10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

Great spot for camping, kayaking, swimming and general exploring. Waters are teaming with life and so fun to get around in. Camping is reasonably priced and even with last minute Saturday night reservations we still managed to get a spot to pitch a tent. Watch for tide times when paddling back to the "crack" and be careful if you decide... More 

5 Thank AnjuliGlobal
Pawleys Island, South Carolina
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179 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

We brought a canoe & rented a Kayak ($20.00 for the day) no admission so very cheap! We packed a lunch & beer & beverages and spent most of the day paddling both ends of the river. We saw Bald Eagles, Ospreys, Kingfishers and other birds. Lots of huge ?Mullet jumping everywhere. Unfortunately No Manatees! We were told they were... More 

2 Thank megantracy
Cordova, Tennessee
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

What a wonderful day. I don't know if we got lucky or if you can see all the wildlife everyday. Rented kayak and saw river otters, numerous birds, swim with a manatee and her baby. Water was amazingly clear. Area was clean and mostly undisturbed.

4 Thank Mtc8267
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Great kayaking...terrible hiking. This area is great for being on the water but in the summer it's a bit crowded and too hot hiking. Not a lot to do if not on the water.

Thank YLBurgess
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

We decided to do a kayaking trip here early in the morning, The scenery is amazing, Seven sisters springs is beautiful and you can swim through the holes and pop out the other ones. Caution to untrained swimmers this can be very dangerous so be careful. We kayaked up river to all the spots where there were springs, we found... More 

8 Thank hmclark
Saint Augustine, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Campground was just okay very busy especially with day trippers in diesel trucks. By evening very peaceful.

Thank Carol E

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