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Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge

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1502 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429-4661
+1 352-382-0102
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US$ 55.00*
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Swim With West Indian Manatees
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Crystal River Manatee Swim
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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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  • Very good25%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
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1502 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429-4661
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+1 352-382-0102
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"boat ride"
in 17 reviews
"underwater viewing area"
in 3 reviews
"stretch their legs"
in 2 reviews
"animal park"
in 2 reviews
"natural area"
in 2 reviews
"clean park"
in 2 reviews
"nice place to visit"
in 3 reviews
"take your time"
in 3 reviews
"per adult"
in 2 reviews
"spanish moss"
in 2 reviews
"gift shop"
in 7 reviews
"state park"
in 6 reviews
"all ages"
in 6 reviews
"manatee feeding"
in 2 reviews
"own pace"
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"answer questions"
in 2 reviews
"small museum"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Went in for an afternoon without any real expectations. I was pleasantly surprised. Nice boat ride to the park. The animals are wonderful from the Hippo to the panther and of course the manatees. Definitely worth the price of admission.

Thank TEBlaise
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We stopped here while on vacation in the area. This is wonderful animal park to visit if you want to see all kinds of animals. They even have seven manatees that are residents there. The staff are very friendly and knowledgeable about the animals.

Thank Steve C
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Walking through the park we were able to view all kinds of wildlife from Florida, bears, panther, foxes, snakes, birds, manatees that are being rehabilitated, and Lu the hippo. I have been many times & it is always on the list to bring grandkids, family,...More

Thank Vicky G
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went in January and there were about 200 manatees having a rest. It was quite peaceful to walk the boardwalk and watch them rest. It was an older crowd, not really a place to bring the younger kids.

1  Thank Stephanie O
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is such a wonderful animal park. The place is clean and you can tell how well they take care of the animals. Really enjoyed it.

1  Thank Patricia K
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a great time. Ride into the park on a boat, and see wildlife on the way. The manatee rehabilitation area is awesome. The underwater viewing area is simply amazing. I couldn't believe all the monster fish I saw. There were all kinds of educational...More

1  Thank Gina M
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

How beautiful to see such clear waters and manatees swimming peacefully without worry. The refuge is well maintained and lots of information for families to get. Mind you a community lives among this serene area so, be mindful of that and just relax in the...More

Thank Marie M
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Reviewed 19 January 2018

Make sure you take the boat ride to the park......beautiful area.....the manatee are so special to see....and, the oldest known Hippopotomus lives there.

Thank DeannaTk
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Reviewed 6 January 2018

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
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Reviewed 4 January 2018

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
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Nelibean
13 February 2018|
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Response from DeannaTk | Reviewed this property |
1 352-382-0102 Website Do not know for sure.....this should be their busy time of year....above is their phone number....suggest you call
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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.
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carjac1
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
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