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Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge

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1502 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429-4661
+1 352-382-0102
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Come have an opportunity to see the great West Indian Manatee in the crystal clear springs at the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge!
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  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
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1502 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429-4661
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+1 352-382-0102
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"boat ride"
in 19 reviews
"underwater viewing area"
in 3 reviews
"nice place to visit"
in 3 reviews
"take your time"
in 3 reviews
"gift shop"
in 7 reviews
"visitor center"
in 4 reviews
"state park"
in 6 reviews
"all ages"
in 6 reviews
"manatees swimming"
in 3 reviews
"cold weather"
in 3 reviews
"three sisters"
in 7 reviews
"volunteers"
in 18 reviews
"zoo"
in 9 reviews
"flamingos"
in 4 reviews
"information"
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a fun place to visit by boat or car . It is very busy on the weekends with lots of families. The water is cold at about 72 degrees . The manatees are awesome to watch any time through the year . You...More

Thank laj2e7
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Not the time to see many manatees but such an awesome time paddling kayaks around the springs. Worth the jan-feb trip to see all the manatees

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Reviewed 13 June 2018

Visitors from all over the world flock here to see manatees at their winter home base and to swim in the water around them. A bit pricey for what it offers. For those who do NOT want to put on a wetsuit and get in...More

2  Thank CypressTX_Traveler
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Reviewed 1 June 2018

This place is a tourist trap with a controlled environment. When you go there you are watched like a Hawk and told constantly what you can do or not to do! There is a group of volunteers that think they have some kind of Power...More

2  Thank travelman391
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Reviewed 28 May 2018 via mobile

Crystal Rivers, Three Sisters Spring is beyond beautiful!!! This park is sooo relaxing. Lots of walking, but overall manageable. It was a real treat. Beautiful spring. Beautiful clear water. A most on a very hot day!!!!

Thank Alvarezcarmen677
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Reviewed 23 May 2018 via mobile

Kayaked around the area and did a small hike along on the paths. The water is truly Crystal clear and time it right to see you hundreds of manatees

Thank Richard O
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Reviewed 16 May 2018

always has been. not fancy area, but the park is why you come to florida, not Kissimmee. the springs are incredible. so is everything, the boat ride, the elvis stories, the birds nests. who needs to go to the big town and all you have...More

1  Thank m v
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Reviewed 13 May 2018

My wife and I were able to visit the refuge in April. This NWR is located on the west coast of Florida, the visitors center is located in the town of Crystal River. The refuge was established in 1983, Crystal River NWR was created specifically...More

1  Thank BluegooseTraveler
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Reviewed 6 May 2018

I was lucky enough to have visited this wonderful preserve when I was just a little girl back in the 70's and have shared this fantastic place with my own family. Every few years we come back. The animals are amazing and are very well...More

1  Thank Michelle G
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Reviewed 16 April 2018

Loads to do here, boat rides, animals to see and easily accessible for children push chairs or wheel chair users.

1  Thank Alexandra M
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nonstoptravel43
10 July 2018|
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Response from Otonabee | Reviewed this property |
While it may be possible to site a manatee in the open waters, it would be rare.You could see them in wildlife rescue habitats. In the wild, in the winter when the water is cold in the gulf of Mexico, to warm up, they come... More
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dmackaluso
29 June 2018|
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Response from dave2florida | Reviewed this property |
There's a very inexpensive boat / kayak rental by magaretta breeze restaurant ...they're about 25% less than everyone else in the area , it's close to the Kia car dealership not the Plantation...
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Nelibean
14 February 2018|
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Response from DeannaTk | Reviewed this property |
1 352-382-0102 Website Do not know for sure.....this should be their busy time of year....above is their phone number....suggest you call
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