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Crystal River Preserve State Park

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Crystal River Preserve State Park is a remnant of the Florida coastline that has changed little since Europeans arrived over 500 years ago. The park preserves more than 27,000 acres of diverse natural communities such as scrub, pinewoods, hardwood...more
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
3266 N Sailboat Ave, Crystal River, FL 34428-6205
+1 352-228-6028
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic 2 hour sunset cruise. Very peaceful with little narrative. $20 per person includes drinks and snacks. Can't beat that! Highly recommend!

Thank boombosco
Reviewed 30 May 2018

Great little local beach on the gulf, very family friendly. There is a rock jetty protecting the swim area and a fishing pier nearby.

Thank Bert S
Reviewed 13 May 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed the 2hour round trip on the Crystal river to the Gulf of Mexico Our guide was very knowledgeable pointing out all the birdlife etc whilst giving a history of the early Indian settlements . Well worth a visit

Thank Chris J
Reviewed 19 April 2018

Teh ECO Boat tour is fantastic. Teh tour guides are very knowledgeable and friednly, The sunset cruies is spectatular.

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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Great ride on both trail and beach cruiser bikes. Goes through diverse coastal habitat from pine uplands to estuary. Old road is flat, mostly grass over sandy soil, only a couple of puddles from recent rains. No one else on the trail and it was...More

Thank Ron M
Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

Beautiful views of Crystal River among a pine filled forest! Great trails, well maintained. I use a mobility scooter and had no problem navigating the paths or scenic outlooks.

Thank EagleAviator
Reviewed 16 February 2018

The park has a 7 mile bike/hiking loop that we found nice. It also has boat rides you can schedule and go out into the bay. The museum was very small and just a half dozen displays.

Thank Don49680
Reviewed 14 February 2018

This is an absolutely terrible bike path. Although I appreciate the bike path effort, it is awful....it is full of water, deep/deep mud, lots of roots, rocks, unmaintained and there is really nothing to see on the entire bike path. We rode with people that...More

Thank 915ChrisM
Reviewed 10 February 2018

If you are looking for an accessible park with animals that appear on demand, head south to Homosassa. This park is for nature lovers. We stayed within walking distance of this park and walk we did - every day for 15 straight days. There are...More

Thank westmotraveler
Reviewed 9 February 2018

We went to the Ranger Station, which is NOT where the hikes are. He was not helpful, a bit rude but gave me a map. The hikes are scattered throughout the city. Some may have a sign and a parking lot, some may be just...More

Thank Mary J
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23 April 2017|
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Response from realflorida | Property representative |
There is not a camping option at the Crystal River Preserve. The closest primitive camping near water is in the little town of Chassahowitska 15 miles south at the Chassahowiska campground (county owned, concession run) or... More
4 March 2017|
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Response from Karianne H | Reviewed this property |
Itchnatucky springs about an hour north does
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Response from Dot S | Reviewed this property |
I think you could go to the right when you arrive at the building. There is a small park on the other side of the canal where I think you could turn around and park. They launch boats there so I'm guessing it wouldn't be a... More