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Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, Crystal River

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The Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge is part of the United States National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) System, located in Kings Bay, in the town of Crystal River, and consists of 20 islands and several small parcels of land. The 80-acre (32 ha) refuge (only accessible by boat) was established in 1983, to protect the West Indian manatee.

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Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge reviews

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  • There were dozens of manatees present when we were there. We drove about one hour and 45 minutes from Dunedin. Worth the drive. 
    There were dozens of manatees present when we were there. We drove about one hour and 45 minutes from Dunedin. Worth the drive.  more »
  • The picture doesn't belong to this place. This is a conservation center all about the manatees. It has a river in the back where sometimes you can see manatees. But it is not a spring, and it... 
    The picture doesn't belong to this place. This is a conservation center all about the manatees. It has a river in the back where sometimes you can see manatees. But it is not a spring, and it...  more »
  • Swimming here was like being in an aquarium. The water was so clear and calm that everyone was able to see and have a great time exploring. I hear in the winter there are hundreds of manatees, so I... 
    Swimming here was like being in an aquarium. The water was so clear and calm that everyone was able to see and have a great time exploring. I hear in the winter there are hundreds of manatees, so I...  more »
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  • We made this our first stop on our Crystal River Family Adventure and we are so glad we did. Great education center is located inside with a gift shop. All proceeds go directly to the conservancy efforts to protect our Florida Manatees. The view from this dock platform is breathtaking.
  • If there’s one thing to do in Florida, is to visit its springs, no matter the season you come here spring water stay at a good temperature year round, due to that wildlife finds a shelter and home in Florida. Crystal River is one of the most unique springs in Florida due to it’s healthy population of Manatees, the water potato. If you are in the area get in contact with any of the tours to swim with manatees, 100% recommend. Beware tho, it can get really busy during the summer months and weekends.
  • Great Visitors Center to learn about Crystal River and manatees... Learned that manatee season starts in November here at Crystal River. Cool displays, nice little gift shop, friendly volunteers to guide you...
  • Great place for kayaking and to see manatees. The water is super clear hence the name Crystal River. Only about an hour and 20 minutes from Tampa.
  • It is a nice place to learn about the Manatee. The woman behind the counter was friendly and willing to answer any questions.

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