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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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$67.84*
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Crystal River Manatee Swim
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$551.20*
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Amazing from every stand point.

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Dubuque, Iowa
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Dubuque, Iowa
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

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Greenville, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A fun place to spend an afternoon- We saw lots of manatee in the springs area. The other animals were fun too. The oldest hippo in the US - Lou is here. Lots of birds to see and a black bear. The boat ride is fun and informative. Fairly inexpensive- 13.00 for adults.

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Poughkeepsie, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed our walk through the refuge. An easy walk, not too long and pretty accessible. The animals were great and it was nice to see native species (minus the hippo), though a couple animals were pacing which seemed a tad concerning. Its a good time for people of all ages, and the entrance fee isn't too much.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2017

looking for a place to take friends and family..Fun kids will really enjoy it..lots to see ,,its a really clean park ,everyone is friendly..doesnt cost alot either...

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Brookville, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2017

the price is right and you can take your time to enjoy both the wild animals and the ones in pens this is a must see when you are in the area

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Silver Spring
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2017

We loved the Echo Trail walk because it was easy walking so we could looking in the trees for birds, etc. and not worry about tripping. We saw several armadillos, woodpeckers and numerous sea birds. Loved the Spanish moss over the trail.

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Tiverton, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2017

Old Florida displays wildlife so naturally & beautifully. Seeing the gators & birds helps me appreciate nature even more. I've learned to appreciate all that nature has to Offer.

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Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2017

If you just want to get out and enjoy seeing the local wildlife, or you need to let your kids stretch their legs - then GO to the Wildlife Refuge. They can learn and have a good time. This is a nice place to visit.

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Lake Panasoffkee, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2017

I've been here quite a few times and love all the wildlife. I especially love going downstairs in the glass building and watching the manatees. They're such gentle creatures. It's absolutely amazing to walk through. I always recommend this to my own customers for another place to go when they are looking for somewhere else after leaving Swamp Fever.

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