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Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge

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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!
1502 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429-4661
+1 352-382-0102
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 15 January 2014

The reviews on this site caused much confusion on our recent trip to crystal river. We kept looking for the boats and walkway to view the animals. The National Wildlife Refuge is a protected area at Kings Bay, the headwaters of Crystal River. This area...More

20  Thank dheffne
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 7 June 2013

experiencing crystal river with a snorkel mask....just exploring the different water ways is AMAZING. The Wildlife refuge is worth visiting if you have some time to kill. PLEASE spend some time in the water just enjoying nature....you will appreciate the wildlife refuge even more.

5  Thank Chad W
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Reviewed 30 September 2018

We went with Captain Mike´s Ecotour in the beginning of october 2018. Not really sure what was eco about it? As for manatees; we didn't see any - it was low season and you can't control wildlife so thats fine.But the trip it self was...More

4  Thank Marie B
Reviewed 7 September 2018

Very nice for a day trip. Lots to explore. We had a great time and took lots of pictures. If you can do a private manatee tour I would highly recommend it. It is way better than with a group. We have done both and...More

2  Thank Brenda C
Reviewed 1 September 2018

The Wildlife Refuge park is a great way to see the enormous Manatees. They also have a bear, panther and a hippo! The park is very clean and you have great paths to walk around.

1  Thank Rivanov1987
Reviewed 22 August 2018

Awesome day trip, quite, though it was rainy, not many people. I will definitely return to see more of the area.

Thank Kimberly S
Reviewed 10 August 2018

We visited this refuge after our swimming with the manatees tour. We were there just in time for a feeding and educational talk about the manatees. The volunteer that lead the briefing was fantastic and very knowledgeable! We enjoyed learning and then getting to view...More

1  Thank Kim N
Reviewed 2 August 2018

We were accompanied on this day by our daughter, son-in-law and young grandson. He loved being able to be safely up-close to so many animals. Of course the "hit" of our trip here was being able to see Lu the hippo, emerge from his covered...More

1  Thank Leslie S
Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

This is a fun place to visit by boat or car . It is very busy on the weekends with lots of families. The water is cold at about 72 degrees . The manatees are awesome to watch any time through the year . You...More

1  Thank laj2e7
Reviewed 18 June 2018 via mobile

Not the time to see many manatees but such an awesome time paddling kayaks around the springs. Worth the jan-feb trip to see all the manatees

1  Thank bamafutbal
Reviewed 12 June 2018

Visitors from all over the world flock here to see manatees at their winter home base and to swim in the water around them. A bit pricey for what it offers. For those who do NOT want to put on a wetsuit and get in...More

3  Thank CypressTX_Traveler
Reviewed 1 June 2018

This place is a tourist trap with a controlled environment. When you go there you are watched like a Hawk and told constantly what you can do or not to do! There is a group of volunteers that think they have some kind of Power...More

3  Thank travelman391
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Dennis R
25 October 2018|
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Response from CypressTX_Traveler | Reviewed this property |
This Federal Wildlife Refugee is not a part of our National Parks System.
10 July 2018|
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Response from Otonabee | Reviewed this property |
While it may be possible to site a manatee in the open waters, it would be rare.You could see them in wildlife rescue habitats. In the wild, in the winter when the water is cold in the gulf of Mexico, to warm up, they come... More
29 June 2018|
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Response from dave2florida | Reviewed this property |
There's a very inexpensive boat / kayak rental by magaretta breeze restaurant ...they're about 25% less than everyone else in the area , it's close to the Kia car dealership not the Plantation...
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
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.