Crystal River, Florida offers small-town charm, a deep and fascinating history, and a wealth of ecological attractions. Crystal River delights visitors year-round with its unique collection of things to see and experience, as well as delicious dining options.
Crystal River is the only place in the United States to legally experience the up-close encounter of swimming with Manatees, thanks to the certified guides that ensure these gentle giants are treated with the utmost respect by using responsible passive observation techniques.
Located on Central Florida’s Gulf Coast, Crystal River and the surrounding cities of Old Homosassa, Inverness and Floral City are an authentic showcase of outdoor adventure and scenic beauty. Within tens of thousands of acres of protected state parks, forests and wildlife refuges, visitors can explore miles of bicycling, walking, birding, horseback riding and hiking trails to unlock a wild and wonderful world of natural, recreational and archaeological treasures.
Feeding the fun is a creative collection of restaurants, pubs, bistros and bars serving up freshly caught seafood and other seasonal favourites all year long.
Pristine swimmable springs and a shimmering network of rivers, lakes, marshlands and mangroves make Crystal River perfect for kayaking, paddle boarding, canoeing, boating, fishing, scalloping and floating.
With over 70 springs, a first magnitude springs complex, perfect for swimming and scalloping.
This world-renowned manatee spring in Crystal River is part of the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge and Kings Bay Manatee Refuge.
First magnitude Homosassa Spring draws hundreds of manatees to Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park.
First magnitude springs in the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge, surrounded by lush Florida greenery
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