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Address: 1502 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429-4661
Phone Number: 352-563-2088
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We had the benefit of seeing the Wildlife Refuge through a private boat tour, Florida Outfitters - they are great!. We took in manatees for the first part of our tour before... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed September 7, 2016
Colin H
Toronto, Canada
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North Wales, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A family friend took us to this area to take us on a series of walks. We paid our fee at the entrance through an envelope system. There were no leaflets available to guide us round. The different sections are marked by numbers, many of those had disappeared. We had two very short walks. Our guide will not be bringing... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My son rented the cabin as a birthday gift to me. My husband included. My son Randy and his wife wanted us happy. We got there and although he had paid for the cabin he was told there would be a cleaning fee of $40. He told them that no one had mentioned that to him on the phone nor... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

We had the benefit of seeing the Wildlife Refuge through a private boat tour, Florida Outfitters - they are great!. We took in manatees for the first part of our tour before heading out into the wildlife refuge. Lots of birds. And we even travelled out to the Gulf and were lucky enough to see a family of dolphins teaching... More 

1 Thank Colin H
Tampa, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016

We drive around a lot on Hwy 19 exploring the different attractions on the coast north of Weeki Wachee Springs and saw the sign for the wildlife refuge. Turned in there and deposited our pymt (no guard was there) and what I thought would be a half an hour spin turned into about a 5 hour drive around the area.... More 

4 Thank gigigreen40
Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2016

A gorgeous area full of rich bird, reptile and sea life. Expansive salt grass marshes teaming with various species of fish and beautifully scenic inlets and canals. If you are a wildlife enthusiast, birdwatcher, or just want to get out and spend a peaceful day outdoors, this is definitely the place for you.

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chattanooga, tn
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2016 via mobile

We put in our kayaks at the campground and paddled just a few minutes over to the seven sisters spring. It was beautiful! We got out of our kayaks and swam for a few hours. Swimming through the holes is not advised because of people dying there but there were people doing it. The water is cold but it was... More 

2 Thank christienrandy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2016

My husband and I stayed at the Chassahowitzka River Campground for our anniversary this year. It was my first time camping and I loved it. We were in the furthest campground, but we were still close to the facilities and river. I loved that there was a nice hot shower and clean air-conditioned bathroom. My only complaint was the non-stop... More 

1 Thank ASCreel
Nuremberg, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2016

Really enjoyed our pontoon boat tour! Saw the springs, manatees, dolphins, an alligator, bald eagles, turkey vultures, turtles...the list goes on. We had a wonderful time.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2016

Thanks to friends from Hudson, they took us kayaking here. We departed from the Park Campground boat launching site. We were escorted on a truely amazing journey...that's BIG coming from New Zealand...the land of nature's marvels!!! There are beautiful natural crystal clear water springs to be found, all sorts of bird life and of course the famous Manatees right under... More 

3 Thank David M
Marietta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2016 via mobile

We spent the afternoon on the Chassahowitzka River. We rented a canoe from the campground and the price was reasonable -only $30 for the day. They also have single & tandem kayaks, paddle boards and Jon boats for rent. Once on the water, the scenery was beautiful. There are numerous springs, with crystal clear water bubbling up. The wildlife was... More 

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