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Crystal River Preserve State Park

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Address: 3266 N Sailboat Ave, Crystal River, FL 34428-6205
Phone Number: +1 352-563-0450
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Heritage-Eco Boat Tour Experience

The Crystal River Preserve State Park Heritage-Eco Boat Tour was an interesting, enjoyable, relaxing 1 1/2 hours sailing first upstream past the Fort Island Trail Park to a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Milledgeville, Georgia
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Milledgeville, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Crystal River Preserve State Park Heritage-Eco Boat Tour was an interesting, enjoyable, relaxing 1 1/2 hours sailing first upstream past the Fort Island Trail Park to a ceremonial mound of shells built by early inhabitants of the area dating to centuries Before Christ (BC). The narrator Holley talked about the archaeological aspects as well as the wildlife along the... More 

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Kirkland, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice job by the docent during the tour.... But we were a long ways from the shore to actually are lots of birds etc... This is s large river.... And no manatees today...

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Hernando, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Relaxing narrated cruise on the Crystal River focusing on both the story of ancient River Dwellers and the amazing wildlife along the river. It runs from October to May on M/W/F at 10:30 and 1:30 weather permitting, $15 per person. Sunset cruises run a couple times a month for $20 per person. The boat goes past the Indian mounds at... More 

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Thank Mary P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

Enjoy a leisurely boat ride out to the gulf and back while you spot birds, and hear about local wildlife. Excellent more relaxing adventure for those less able to go out and hike the trails to spot local wildlife. Binoculars were provided, though I'd recommend you bring your favorite pair.

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Homosassa, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

Great boat trip for all. Volunteers provide a narrative of the river and estuary sights. Only $15 per adult. Well worth it.

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Cranesville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

What gorgeous sunsets! This park is so neat to visit and watch the sunset at. Many people arrive to watch the sun go down. Crystal River is such a neat town! We enjoyed our stay. Go swim with the manatee for sure!

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Coral Springs, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

Crystal River Preserve has lots of trails every thing is pristine and taken good care by the staff. With ponds and wetlands you have fish and fisherman, water birds, eagles, many birds, snakes, insects, reptiles, turtles, rabbits, raccoons and hogs.

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Tavares, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

Awesome park with lots of trails. FREE of charge! Several trailheads to start at. Tons of wildlife and beautiful, natural Florida landscape. Eco boat tours during the week are spectacular! Also LOVE the archeological park. Highly recommend visiting this area. Don't forget your camera and insect repellent.. Ha!

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2016

this park is pristine in the woods. miles of nothing but nature and trails and wild animals. Hogs, birds, turtles, etc. has hiking trails, and goes back to the water, crystal river I believe. great for boaters too.

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Gig Harbor, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016

Nice ponds and views of the wetlands. Folks were fishing in the area but didn't seem to be catching much. We went in early May and the weather was quite beautiful.

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