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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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US$ 94.00*
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Small Group VIP Manatee Pontoon Tour
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US$ 551.20*
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US$ 67.84*
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Crystal River Manatee Swim
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Swimming with manatees is the highlight of a trip to this nature reserve.
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good25%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
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“boat ride” (15 reviews)
1502 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429-4661
+1 352-563-2088
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

Thank Michele B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 10 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

5  Thank maya331
Reviewed 10 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 bjw007
Reviewed 25 August 2017

Animals we easy to see and we experienced the manatee feeding. The fishbowl was amazing. Bring a snack and lots of water

Thank ritsfam
Reviewed 17 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
Reviewed 10 June 2017

We visited with our three children (ages 10, 6 and 1) and they all enjoyed the experience. We loved the manatee exhibit of course! The underwater viewing area is a must! That was the kids favorite of the whole trip. Will be back for sure!

Thank cncassida
Reviewed 4 May 2017

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
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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.
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
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