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Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge

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1502 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429-4661
+1 352-563-2088
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Swimming with manatees is the highlight of a trip to this nature reserve.
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“boat ride” (17 reviews)
1502 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429-4661
+1 352-563-2088
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Be sure to take each of the boardwalks and trails available as the birds are everywhere.Crystal Lake houses the gators, several bird species, and turtles ( no manatee in Crystal Lake).

Thank Kathryn B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great learning experience for all most of all children, very nice and enjoyable, boat ride, tram ride its all a good experience ...enjoy the day and have a great learning experience

Thank dave2florida
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

First things first, I see that some reviewers erroneously posted reviews and photos that pertain to Homossasa State Park, not Crystal River/Three Sisters Refuge. Crystal River Refuge is built around one main attraction: manatees, and in the season (winter), there are plenty of them to...More

1  Thank lubger
Reviewed 29 November 2017

It's great that there are places people can visit to enjoy wildlife that are well-cared for. There should be more facilities that do such a great job as this refuge.

1  Thank Michele B
Reviewed 18 November 2017

From the informative 20 minute boat ride to the compound to the tram ride back to the main building, this is a delightful day out. You wander through the compound at your own pace, viewing animals, birds, and reptiles that are (almost) all indigenous to...More

Thank Travelot36
Reviewed 9 November 2017

More than hundreds of Florida animals and a hippo to see. Be sure to go into the the glass enclosed room built in the spring to see all of the cool fish and possible manatees. It is called the fishbowl.

1  Thank Tom B
Reviewed 28 October 2017

Reviewers here seem to have confused the Crystal River Wildlife Refuge with the nearby Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park, even in their posted pictures. The Refuge is a natural area along the Gulf with areas for hiking and birding. The Refuge also runs a flat bottom...More

10  Thank maya331
Reviewed 9 September 2017 via mobile

Very nice place for hiking lots of trails. Wish we had more time to visit. But boat rides were not running at the time of visit.

Thank Bill W
Reviewed 16 July 2017

Beautiful area, lovely grounds, incredible animals. Worth an afternoon trip! The manatee feeding, at the underwater viewing area, was our favorite event. Guides friendly & knowledgeable.

Thank kathyj502017
Reviewed 23 June 2017

We took our grandson who has ADHD and he was totally astounded and love it because the animals are close enough together that he wasn't bored but far enough apart that he could ex-spell tons of energy. it been two weeks and he is still...More

Thank josephdC6600ML
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Bruce G
23 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.
9 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
16 February 2016|
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Response from Florida_Pat2010 | Reviewed this property |
There are canoe and kayak rental establishments in Crystal River. There are none at 3 Sisters Springs but all around town. Ask the Chamber of Commerce folks and also look online and call ahead. Do not molest the manatees... More