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Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 1502 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429-4661
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Swimming with manatees is the highlight of a trip to this nature reserve.

Swimming with manatees is the highlight of a trip to this nature reserve.

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$94.00*
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Small Group VIP Manatee Pontoon Tour
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$551.20*
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$67.84*
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Crystal River Manatee Swim

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Interesting Wildlife Refuge

We arrived later in the day and were able to watch the birds be fed and also the Manatee. Had a wonderful time.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Karen G
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We arrived later in the day and were able to watch the birds be fed and also the Manatee. Had a wonderful time.

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Manchester, Iowa
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Certainly one of Florida's greatest treasures its clear to see why the Manatees call it home. We'll be back. Just not soon enough!

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Hill City, South Dakota
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Reviewed April 21, 2017 via mobile

Very pretty and calm. Seen a variety of critters. Take the ferry boat it's so calm, and the driver shows alligator and turtles along the way, the tram is just pulled by a truck so noisy and no information given.

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Drummond Island, Michigan
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Reviewed April 20, 2017

Took the boat to the refuge,nice little ride on the river. Very friendly, helpful staff. Our entire family loved getting to see the wide variety of birds and animals. Loved seeing the manatees swimming by in the underwater observation area. Grandkids were fascinated by all of the wildlife. Food and drinks available on site. Worth the price of admission. Rode... More 

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Reviewed April 17, 2017

It was a great time, we rode the tram to the refuge and walked around. They had a lot of the park employees that were very helpful and informative on the animals, super friendly people. I loved both gift shops, maybe a little too much. =) It was great walking around at our own pace, the first thing I saw... More 

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Reviewed April 5, 2017

We didn't see many manatees because it was too warm but was still beautiful and I would highly recommend visiting.

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Prattville, Alabama
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Reviewed March 30, 2017

They have three captive manatees that are great to see. Many injured birds being rehabbed there along with ust as many wild birds there. Great photo opportunities.

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Dunnellon, Florida
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Reviewed March 28, 2017

I think everyone is confusing this with Homosassa Springs in the reviews, lol. Crystal River Wildlife Refuge is situated around the Three Sisters Springs in Crystal River. You can walk into the refuge or take a trolley. It's pricey too ($15), but the money goes towards the upkeep of the refuge. The manatees swarm this place during the cold weather.... More 

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Dubuque, Iowa
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Reviewed March 10, 2017

What the staff does for injured and sick animals is wonderful. The gift shop has a great selection and the most reasonable prices as compared to other attractions that I have visited.

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Cape May Court House, New Jersey
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Reviewed February 24, 2017

Loved watching the manatees, especially at feeding time. Perfect place to see local animals including the resident star hippo.

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