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Citrus County, Florida is also known as “The Nature Lovers Paradise”. Throughout the county you will find an abundance of parks, refuges, hiking trails, biking trails, bird watching areas, and other preserved lands open to the public. Below are some links to just a small sampling of what you can find close to the River Ventures tour center. When you come to Crystal River to swim with manatees, be sure to ask us about other activities for the nature lover. 

Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters

The Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge HeadquartersThe Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, was established in 1983 specifically for the protection of the endangered West Indian Manatee. This unique refuge preserves the last unspoiled and undeveloped habitat in Kings Bay, which forms the headwaters of the Crystal River. The refuge preserves the warm water spring havens, which provide critical habitat for the manatee populations that migrate here each winter
 

Crystal River Archaeological State Park

Crystal River Archaeological State ParkA National Historic Landmark, this 61-acre, pre-Columbian, Native American site has burial mounds, temple/platform mounds, a plaza area and a substantial midden. The six-mound complex is one of the longest continuously occupied sites in Florida. For 1,600 years the site served as an imposing ceremonial center for Native Americans.
 

Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
The park showcases native Florida wildlife, including manatees, black bears, bobcats, white-tailed deer, American alligators, American crocodiles, and river otters. Manatee programs are offered three times daily. At the Wildlife Encounter programs, snakes and other native animals are featured.

 

Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins Historic State Park

Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins Historic State Park
This site was once part of a thriving sugar plantation owned by David Levy Yulee. Yulee was a member of the Territorial Legislative Council, and served in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate after Florida statehood. The park contains the remnants of the once-thriving 5,100-acre sugar plantation.
 

 

Crystal River Preserve State Park

Crystal River Preserve State ParkA place of exceptional natural beauty, the undisturbed islands, inlets, backwaters and forests of this Crystal River Preserve are especially cherished by nature lovers and photographers. The park borders 20 miles of the northern Gulf Coast between the two cities of Yankeetown and Homosassa. Visitors can hike or bicycle along seven miles of trails or study the native wildlife and plants on the two mile interpretive trail.

 

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498 S.E. Kings Bay Drive
Crystal River, FL 34429

Phone: 352-564-TOUR (8687)
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Phone: 352 564-TOUR (8687)
Toll Free: 1-877-581-8401 River Ventures Manatee Tour Center
498 S. Kings Bay Drive
Crystal River, Florida 34429

 

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