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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!
  • Excellent68%
  • Very good24%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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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 18 reviews
"underwater viewing area"
in 3 reviews
"nice place to visit"
in 3 reviews
"take your time"
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"board walk"
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"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"
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"volunteers"
in 16 reviews
"zoo"
in 9 reviews
"information"
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"flamingos"
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Reviewed 6 days ago

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

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank travelman391
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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!!!!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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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Reviewed 8 April 2018

Stop by as we headed to Daytona. A great spot to stop off and have a swim if you have your trunks. Lovely walk down to the river.

1  Thank Alan H
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Reviewed 23 March 2018

The park is great whether you want to watch native animals in believable settings, view fish from an underwater observation point, watch the manatee come up to be fed, or just walk the trails lined with Florida vegetation. We keep going back.

1  Thank SUZANNE T
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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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Bruce G
24 January 2017|
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Response from Pam D | Reviewed this property |
They have an entrance fee. It's not priced separately. It isn't expensive at all.
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carjac1
10 May 2016|
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Response from Patricia Jill T | Reviewed this property |
We kayaked in Crystal River and back in the Wildlife Refuge. We saw manatees both in the river and in the refuge (more in the river), but we saw lots of birds and a small alligator in the refuge. We were there in the end... More
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