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Crystal River Florida Charms the Travel Channel

Crystal River Florida named as Travel Channel's Top 50 Charming Small Towns in America

The Travel Channel names our unique town of Crystal River as one of its “Top 50 Most Charming Small Towns in America.” The Travel Channel’s writer, Lynn Coulter, chose Crystal River Florida as the top small town to visit in Florida. Crystal River is the only place in America where people can swim with the famous manatees.

The Crystal River Florida Manatee Experience

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Travelers come from all over the world to Crystal River Florida to take part in swimming with the manatees or just glide above them in canoes, kayaks and boats. Additionally, visitors can see the “sea cows” by walking along the Three Sisters Springs boardwalk in Crystal River. Furthermore, guests have the option to take a trolley to Three Sisters Springs from the visitor’s center which also stops at Heritage Village, South Citrus and Hunter Springs Park.

Hunter Springs Park

Another great place to check out the famous Crystal River Florida manatee is Hunter Springs Park. Hunter Springs was recently renovated. Now, guests can enjoy a wonderful fresh water swim area, kayak launch, volleyball court, pavilion, picnic areas and playground. Their new boardwalk gives visitors a great spot to check out the manatee in their natural habitat.

King’s Bay Park

Aside from Three Sisters Springs, King’s Bay Park in Crystal River offers great manatee viewing experiences from their fishing docks. Guests can hangout for the day at the pavilions where there are also barbeque grills, playgrounds, kayak launches and more.

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park

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Additionally, a unique way to see the manatees is at the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Wildlife Park just a short drive away from Crystal River Florida. Visitors can actually walk underwater at the unique “Underwater Observatory” and view the manatees and other fish species swimming about. Also, guests of the park will be able to view other wild animals including the world’s oldest hippopotamus in captivity, Lou.

An Unforgettable Experience

Visitors come to Crystal River Florida not only for the manatees, but also for all of the other great activities related to being part of an “Outstanding Florida Waterway.” People can swim, boat, canoe, kayak, paddle board, jet ski, fish and scallop all in one great location. Furthermore, there are great local hotels, bed & breakfasts, restaurants, shopping and other activities to make your trip a memorable one.

The Florida manatee season generally runs from mid-November until the end of March. So, if you’re going to make your trip to one of the “Top 50 Most Charming Small Towns in America,” to swim with the manatee, make sure you book at the right time.

Make The Move to Crystal River Florida

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There is something for everyone when you are at your leisure in Citrus County Florida. So if you are looking for an idyllic setting to call home, contact one of our friendly professionals at Coldwell Banker Next Generation Realty of Citrus. Speak with a professional today (352) 794-6100.

When you’re ready to build, contact the trusted professionals of Edward Russell Johnston Inc. Over 42 years of experience building beautiful homes in Sugarmill Woods and across the Nature Coast. Call (352) 795-2200.

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Cassandra Zamboli