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Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge: Tours & Tickets

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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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1502 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429-4661
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Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge Tours and Tickets
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This is what's called Florida's 'Nature Coast' and it sure is a calmer and lovelier area than some of Florida's other (over-)developed coastline. It's not that there aren't any houses around, but it all seems like a more organic mix between nature and development. The...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Stijn-traveler
Reviewed August 24, 2019 via mobile

We had taken a boat tour earlier in the day, to try and see manatees. The one Manatee we saw was far away and, well you couldn't even tell it was a Manatee. This place was amazing. We arrived just in time for feeding and...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Moonshell
Reviewed August 18, 2019 via mobile

Our original plan was to go to Crystal River to swim with the Manatee’s. But then we got heavy rainfall. The next morning the rain stopped for Some hours so we visited the Homosassa State park for rescued animals. That was a beautifull experience to...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank 917arthurv
Reviewed August 7, 2019

Beautiful place where they care & rehab sick or injured animals. Walk thru zoo like trails. The manatees are huge.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Darrell L
Reviewed August 6, 2019

My second time coming here, a nice place to take friends or family when they come by for a visit. No one has left disappointed.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank John C
Reviewed August 5, 2019 via mobile

Originally I wanted to visit to see the manatees, but this visit was in the summer and mostly they have moved out from the springs, odd ones had been spotted in the morning but I missed those, it's a very beautiful area just to have...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Maisy12345
Reviewed July 23, 2019 via mobile

Great place to bring the family. Park workers really polite and knowledgeable. Low cost adventure. Great for all ages.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank 687jackiep
Reviewed July 10, 2019

You can choose to take a boat ride or the tram ride--boat ride is longer (20 min) but much nicer! The refuge is enjoyable. Nice selection of animals, well kept, great habitats for them. Walking into the aviary is fun. The underwater observatory for the...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Diane S
Reviewed June 17, 2019 via mobile

The manatees head north during the summer. You’ll still find some, they are renovating the main site. It’s you’re patient it’s fun during the summer

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank JimDeBerry
Reviewed June 2, 2019

This is another great spot to swim with Manatees. You have to keep control of you kids so they do not chase the Manatees.

Date of experience: March 2019
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July 20, 2019|
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Response from Roadtriper4fun | Reviewed this property |
There are two entrances to the place. One is right at the refuge and the other is on US98. If you accidentally get to the entrance at the refuge....your entrance fee still covers the pontoon ride. So you could park buy the... More
June 19, 2019|
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Response from jestersusa2018 | Reviewed this property |
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Response from Marilyn4me | Reviewed this property |
I'm sorry but I don't remember. It wasn't much. $10 or $15