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Experience Authentic Adventures in Crystal River

Experience a once-in-a-lifetime adventure in the soul of Florida in Crystal River. Every winter, from November to March, docile, loveable manatees flock to Kings Bay in Crystal River to bask in the warm waters of Three Sisters Springs. Here, these federally-protected gentle giants spend their days munching on seagrass, floating lazily in the warm water,…
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7 Ways to Discover Florida’s Nature Coast

Located on the Gulf Coast just northwest of Orlando and north of Tampa, the cities of Citrus County are packed with adventures both in the water and on land. Here’s the ultimate to-do list for a getaway to Crystal River, Homosassa, Inverness, and Floral City with 7 ways to discover Florida’s Nature Coast. 1. Swim…
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Discover Authentically Awesome Citrus County

Celebrate spring and summer with these adventures in the Manatee Capital of the World. Located on the Gulf of Mexico just a short drive from Orlando, Tampa, Gainesville, and Ocala, the cities of Citrus County are jam-packed with adventures both on the water and on land. Crystal River, Homosassa, Inverness, and Floral City each offer authentic…
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Spring Into Awesome in Crystal River

Spring into awesome in Crystal River, Florida. That means great weather for exploring the outdoors and diving into some of the freshest seafood around. Step into fresh You’ll find an abundance of fresh flavors to choose from in Crystal River, Homosassa, and Inverness. Enjoy fresh crab right off the boat. Stone Crab season runs from…
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Discover Authentic Florida Adventures in Crystal River

Discover the heart and soul of authentic Florida in Crystal River, where you can have one unique adventure after another. Crystal River is known as the “Manatee Capital of the World” for the hundreds of manatees who gather there from mid-November through the end of March to bask in the warm spring-fed waters of Kings…
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Manatees Have Arrived

The Manatees Have Arrived in Crystal River

Humans aren’t the only mammals attracted to the warm weather in Florida during the winter. Manatees, our flippered fellow mammals, gravitate to the warm water in Kings Bay in Crystal River every winter, beginning in November. There, the water temperature remains a constant 72 degrees F (22 degrees C), thanks to underwater, freshwater springs that…
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5 Ways to Befriend a Manatee

There’s no better place in the world to befriend a manatee than in Crystal River, Florida. Why? Because Three Sisters Springs in the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge is where the manatees go. You’ll find sea cows—specifically West Indian Manatees—year-round in the waters of Crystal River and Homosassa. But from January through March, manatees congregate…
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It’s Manatee Time in Citrus County!

Nowhere else will you find more manatees in winter months than in Crystal River, Homosassa and the waters of Citrus County. This is the only place in the United States where you can legally swim with manatees and local naturalist guides are trained to make sure you treat this beloved threatened species with the utmost…
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10 Best Things to do in Crystal River

Want to discover Florida’s Nature Coast? We know 10 things to do in Crystal River that are sure to give you an appreciation for the beauty of Florida’s great outdoors. Go find Florida’s soul just 90 minutes from Orlando in Crystal River, with its warm gulf waters, spring-fed rivers, gentle manatees, fantastic fishing and bountiful…
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