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Swim with a Manatee and Experience Authentic Adventures in the Soul of Florida 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, or resting on the bottom, conserving energy and soaking in the warmth. Come discover an underwater wonderland in Crystal River, the only place in the world where you can swim with a manatee.
Swim with a manatee!
Let a trained guide take you out to experience this amazing opportunity to see these curious creatures up close. It’s an adventure you won’t soon forget, as each manatee has its own unique personality. Practice passive observation while in or on the water to keep the manatee population safe and coming back to the springs for future generations to enjoy.
In addition to 600 acres of natural springs, there is more to explore on Florida’s Nature Coast. Discover two National Wildlife Refuges—the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge and the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge along with numerous parks and preserves where you can discover native plants and wildlife.
Discover a Paddling Paradise
Paddle through crystal clear springs, down the still wild Chassahowitzka River, into open bays, and around freshwater lakes in Florida’s paddling paradise.
Cast your line from offshore or onshore, into freshwater or salt, wherever you go on the water, Crystal River, Homosassa, Inverness, and Floral City offer world-class fishing.
Ride the Trails
Discover miles of scenic trails to explore on two wheels, from rugged mountain bike paths through the Withlacoochee State Forest to the paved 46-mile Withlacoochee State Trail, a picturesque ride through forests, past lakes and into quaint downtowns for a quick stop for an ice cream or latte.
Birding in Citrus County can include anything from a flock of whooping cranes to a soaring eagle to nesting sandhill cranes. Many of Citrus County public parks and preserves have huge avian populations. The Great Florida Birding Trail has 445 official sites and 23 of them are in Citrus County.
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