We were among the 20 or so people who took the Crystal River State Park cruise which was absolutely delightful. The narration by a park ranger was first-rate, and we spotted an... read more
Crystal River Preserve State Park is a remnant of the Florida coastline...
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 forests, salt marshes and mangrove islands.
Much of the property is still untouched, allowing visitors a glimpse at what this area of Florida looked like centuries ago.
Given the natural community diversity, the preserve is an ideal location for birding and wildlife viewing. The preserve offers several miles of hiking and biking trails and two designated kayak launches.
From Labor Day to Memorial Day (September-May) Eco-heritage boat trips leave from the park headquarters.
The 1.5-hour boat tour gives visitors the opportunity to see coastal marsh and learn how it and the associated marine estuary provided for the ancient river dwellers that once lived here.
The 24-passenger vessel “Monroe” runs on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., weather permitting. The cost is $15.00 for adults, $10.00 for children under 12 years of age, children 6 years of age and under are free. Boat tickets can be purchased one hour prior to departure, forms of payment accepted are cash or check.