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Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 1502 S.E. Kings Bay Dr., Crystal River, FL 34429
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Swimming with manatees is the highlight of a trip to this nature reserve.

Swimming with manatees is the highlight of a trip to this nature reserve.

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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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Private Manatee Tour
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US$67.84*
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Crystal River Manatee Swim

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so much fun

looking for a place to take friends and family..Fun kids will really enjoy it..lots to see ,,its a really clean park ,everyone is friendly..doesnt cost alot either...

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Marie C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

looking for a place to take friends and family..Fun kids will really enjoy it..lots to see ,,its a really clean park ,everyone is friendly..doesnt cost alot either...

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Brookville, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

the price is right and you can take your time to enjoy both the wild animals and the ones in pens this is a must see when you are in the area

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We loved the Echo Trail walk because it was easy walking so we could looking in the trees for birds, etc. and not worry about tripping. We saw several armadillos, woodpeckers and numerous sea birds. Loved the Spanish moss over the trail.

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Tiverton, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Old Florida displays wildlife so naturally & beautifully. Seeing the gators & birds helps me appreciate nature even more. I've learned to appreciate all that nature has to Offer.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you just want to get out and enjoy seeing the local wildlife, or you need to let your kids stretch their legs - then GO to the Wildlife Refuge. They can learn and have a good time. This is a nice place to visit.

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Lake Panasoffkee, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've been here quite a few times and love all the wildlife. I especially love going downstairs in the glass building and watching the manatees. They're such gentle creatures. It's absolutely amazing to walk through. I always recommend this to my own customers for another place to go when they are looking for somewhere else after leaving Swamp Fever.

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Jackson, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

See Luo the hippo. He is a Florida resident by an act of the Governor. You can feed the Manatees. Plenty of snake for the boys to look at all behind glass of course. Take the book ride from hwy 19 to the park free praking.

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Florida, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

We stopped in here and had a great 1 to 2 hour visit, it was perfect! Easy access, nice volunteers (especially the snake expert!) good snack stops along the way, and it was decorated for Christmas :)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

We stopped by chance as we wanted to explore the area a little more. This caught our attention. What a great little place. Lots of kind volunteers and staff to answer questions, lots for kids to explore . The underwater manatee viewing area was amazing, the kids ( even the teens and adult ones) loved it. After having swam with... More 

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Munich, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

We love to visit this place. We have been two times there this year - and also our friends loved it. The speech at the Manatee underwater view with the ranger was very interesting and we still learn new things about manatees. But check out the right manatee season . All other exhibits are also ok. And if possible -... More 

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