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Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 1502 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429-4661
Phone Number: 352-563-2088
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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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$67.84*
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Crystal River Manatee Swim
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$551.20*
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A fun and interesting place to visit. The animals are well taken care of and the place is very clean.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2016
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Illinois
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60 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2016

A fun and interesting place to visit. The animals are well taken care of and the place is very clean.

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Orlando, Florida, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

Just go , It's well worth the money and who doesn't love animals. The birds are beautiful, the walk is short but goes around the whole park, It's a great little place for locals and visitors alike.

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Cape Coral, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2016

Our grand children hadn't seen a Manatee we had looked different places it was an unusual year and they were late coming into the area. So we decided to take them to National wildlife Refuge. We road a boat over so we saw a lot of water animals and a Blue Heron. They had many animals and a restaurant and... More 

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Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2016

Had a great time! Lots of birds, fish and even saw a manatee even though it's the off season! The staff was very friendly and helpful and they have a nice gift shop with lots of information.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016

nice place to take the family if you like to see animals. has concessions to eat and drink, boardwalk for strollers, and all kinds of wild life.

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Covington, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

Interested in seeing native FL animals while they are being helped - this is the place to go. the park is laid out in a walker friendly manner so that you do not have to retrace steps to see all the exhibits. Very enjoyable with plenty of shade.

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Smyrna, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

We enjoyed our visit here. Seeing the alligator pond was quite an experience as I do not believe I have ever seen that many in one place at one time, thank goodness! They do manatee rescue and nurse them back to health - there were only four in the spring when we visited and we were told that they would... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016 via mobile

This place is great. The staff are friendly and welcoming. We come like once a year and we always have a fun time with our 3 young kids. There's a nice boat ride to the park entrance where you'll most likely see turtles, gators and a few birds. In the park are a lot of rescued animals. There's an underground... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

this was a great time and very educational. Native Florida Wildlife up close. Friendly employees and a clean environment.

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Hollywood, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

If you want to educate your kids or relatives on florida wildlife, This is the place! Especially in the winter months when it's cooler to walk the park and take your time seeing the animals on exhibit. They actually fed the game birds in front of everybody! Something not actually seen do to people being sqeemish. The Eagles were very... More 

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