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Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge

#7 of 46 things to do in Crystal River Features Animals
1502 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429-4661
+1 352-563-2088
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1502 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429-4661
+1 352-563-2088
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We arrived later in the day and were able to watch the birds be fed and also the Manatee. Had a wonderful time.

Thank Karen G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Certainly one of Florida's greatest treasures its clear to see why the Manatees call it home. We'll be back. Just not soon enough!

Thank robertschanke
Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile

Very pretty and calm. Seen a variety of critters. Take the ferry boat it's so calm, and the driver shows alligator and turtles along the way, the tram is just pulled by a truck so noisy and no information given.

Thank Missy T
Reviewed 20 April 2017

Took the boat to the refuge,nice little ride on the river. Very friendly, helpful staff. Our entire family loved getting to see the wide variety of birds and animals. Loved seeing the manatees swimming by in the underwater observation area. Grandkids were fascinated by all...More

Thank Bonnie T
Reviewed 17 April 2017

It was a great time, we rode the tram to the refuge and walked around. They had a lot of the park employees that were very helpful and informative on the animals, super friendly people. I loved both gift shops, maybe a little too much....More

Thank Kim Z
Reviewed 5 April 2017

We didn't see many manatees because it was too warm but was still beautiful and I would highly recommend visiting.

Thank Cody J
Reviewed 31 March 2017

They have three captive manatees that are great to see. Many injured birds being rehabbed there along with ust as many wild birds there. Great photo opportunities.

Thank Don K
Reviewed 28 March 2017

I think everyone is confusing this with Homosassa Springs in the reviews, lol. Crystal River Wildlife Refuge is situated around the Three Sisters Springs in Crystal River. You can walk into the refuge or take a trolley. It's pricey too ($15), but the money goes...More

2  Thank adventuresofmom
Reviewed 11 March 2017

What the staff does for injured and sick animals is wonderful. The gift shop has a great selection and the most reasonable prices as compared to other attractions that I have visited.

Thank fooetoou2
Reviewed 25 February 2017

Loved watching the manatees, especially at feeding time. Perfect place to see local animals including the resident star hippo.

Thank bobnmaryadventures
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Bruce G
What is the cost to just go through the glass viewing area?
23 January 2017|
Response from Pam D | Reviewed this property |
They have an entrance fee. It's not priced separately. It isn't expensive at all.
Hi Patricia. Your remarks...were they directed at Homossassa refuge or right in Crystal River?
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
Can you rent kayaks there?
17 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