Crystal River Tourism, Florida

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Crystal River is a city in Citrus County, Florida, United States. The population was 3,108 in the 2010 census. (3,485 in 2000). According to the U.S Census estimates of 2012, the city had a population of 3,055. The city was incorporated in 1903 and is the self professed "Home of the Manatee". Crystal River Preserve State Park is located nearby, and Crystal River Archaeological State Park is located in the city's northwest side. Crystal River is at the heart of the Nature Coast of Florida. The city is situated around Kings Bay, which is spring-fed and so keeps a constant 72 °F (22 °C) temperature year round. A cluster of 50 springs designated as a first-magnitude system feeds Kings Bay. A first-magnitude system discharges 100 cubic feet or more of water per second, which equals about 64 million gallons of water per day. Because of this discharge amount, the Crystal River Springs group is the second largest springs group in Florida, the first being Spring Creek Springs in Wakulla County near Tallahassee. Kings Bay can be home to over 400 manatees during the winter when the water temperature in the Gulf of Mexico cools, and is the only place in the United States where people can legally interact with them in their natural conditions without that interaction being viewed as harassment by law enforcement agencies. Tourism based on watching and swimming with manatee is the fastest growing contribution to the local economy. In 2005 there was a movement to dissolve the city which did not succeed, and the city has since grown by annexation.


A beautifully warm weather all through the year, owing to its nature for being spring-fed, visit Crystal River for its amazing water tours and outdoors embracing the wild like no other. The highlights of this city are its 50 springs that are nominated as a first-magnitude system feeds Kings Bay. Owing to this large volume, Crystal River city is also the second largest springs group in Florida. Today, the Crystal River tourism is booming given the large number of manatees in the region. So, there are a lot of attractions and activities centered round these aquatic creatures, also rendering the city the title of “Home of the Manatee”.

Let’s come to attractions in Crystal River, specifically. The Three Sisters Springs located on the River Crystal River is an important attraction in the city, given its scope to offer you diverse activities like swimming and playing with the manatees and kayaking. The Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, Fort Island Gulf Beach, Crystal River Archaeological State Park are some more attractions to see amidst a plethora of boat tours and activities such as scuba, paddle boarding and snorkeling.


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  • Save 7% Private Scalloping Charter
    Private Scalloping Charter New on TripHobo

    Duration: 5 Hrs

    Your scalloping adventure will last about 5 hours.  All of your gear is included.  This will be your mask, snorkel,...

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  • Save 7% Fresh n Salty Tour
    Fresh n Salty Tour New on TripHobo

    Duration: 5 Hrs

    Your Fresh & Salty tour lets you explore everything Florida's Nature Coast has to offer. A boat ride past archaeological ...

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  • Save 7% Manatees and Rainbows
    Manatees and Rainbows New on TripHobo

    Duration: 1 Days

    You will get to experience the two best attractions/tours in the area.  You will start with a Deluxe Manatee tour break ...

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  • Save 7% Try SCUBA Diving in Crystal River (pool or springs)
    Try SCUBA Diving in Crystal River (pool or springs) New on TripHobo

    Duration: 2 Hrs 30 Mins

    You will find out what it is like to breathe underwater. Your Divemaster/Instructor will teach you the basics of SCUBA equipm...

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