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Things to do in Crystal River

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Zoo
“Beautiful park, refuge for manatee in the winter months. The park makes for a great outing for families, compete with alligators, hippopotamus, wildlife galore, the famous underwater "fishbowl" for an up close look local species of fish and let's not forget those wonderful manatee. ”
  • 53 locals recommend
Nature
“Natural beauty water temp stays at 72 degrees Year round which attracts the manatees in the winter from the colder gulf temperatures.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Bar
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“Good Local toursity restaurant it has an outdoor tiki bar you can park the boat and its about a 10-15 min boat ride , paddle board to it as well . ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“The shed at Mcrae’s is a very popular place to eat and drink on the Homosassa River, live music almost daily.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Park
“Historical state park, with beautiful view of the Crystal River from top of Indian mound”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“This restaurant is on the beach in Ozello, a great place to watch the sunset. They have a wide-variety of fish. The portions are large, sharing is encouraged and for $3 they will provide side dishes for visitors to eat with their share.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Museum
“Underwater observatory; “alligators, black bears, red wolf, key deer, flamingos, whooping cranes and the oldest hippopotamus in captivity.” Good for families.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Bar
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“Typically has really great music. Not a fancy place. But full liqour bar and has some really great bands at times. Check with us on other places for music. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
River
“We have used this group and think they do an amazing job. I was hugged for 10 minutes by a manatee in December. Just an amazing experience. Less expensive than Birds Underwater. But I think they are a little bit shorter of a tour. So check them both out. This group has never failed to find the manatees for our guests to swim with and get up close and personal with them. In the winter, we have hundreds of manatees in Crystal RiverArea. And in the summer time, there are 40-50 moms and their babies and teenagers. They provide the snorkel gear and wet suits and bring you by boat to swim where the manatees are. Even if you only see & swim with 1 manatee, it is worth the trip. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Not recommending the restaurant so much, but the seafood market attached. Closer than Shelly's. Try the smoked fish dip.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bakery
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“If you are coming into Crystal River from the East, specifically Rte 44, you will directly pass this grocery store. I love using Publix for their staff and fresh produce. Please keep in mind, the prices are a little more expensive the closer you get to the water.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“If you want a steak or a good burger and nice huge house salad, with peanuts to eat and throw the shells on the floor with a full liquor bar & over in the Crystal River Area, after swimming or kayaking with the manatees, then Cody's is a good option. I think Weds they have 2 for the price of 1 steak and/or chicken fajitas. Good place for chicken wings as well. Good variety of food. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bar
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“Local "watering hole" by night but a GREAT lunch spot during the day. Indoor and outdoor seating, live music. Kid friendly during the day.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Excellent food , water front dining.. there is also kayak rentals from here , to kayak the beautiful Homosassa River and into the springs ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Park
“This is not a photo of Hunter Springs, but a building on Citrus Avenue, downtown Crystal River. Hunter Springs Park has a playground, pavilions, man made beach and kayak launch sites. People swim in crystal clear spring water, 72 degrees. They've recently renovated the park and you pay for parking but it's worth the $1 an hour. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great Food and great views over the water. Also has a seafood deli on the front side of the building if you need something to take home.”
  • 7 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“Good Local toursity restaurant it has an outdoor tiki bar you can park the boat and its about a 10-15 min boat ride , paddle board to it as well . ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This restaurant is on the beach in Ozello, a great place to watch the sunset. They have a wide-variety of fish. The portions are large, sharing is encouraged and for $3 they will provide side dishes for visitors to eat with their share.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Not recommending the restaurant so much, but the seafood market attached. Closer than Shelly's. Try the smoked fish dip.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bar
“Typically has really great music. Not a fancy place. But full liqour bar and has some really great bands at times. Check with us on other places for music. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“If you want a steak or a good burger and nice huge house salad, with peanuts to eat and throw the shells on the floor with a full liquor bar & over in the Crystal River Area, after swimming or kayaking with the manatees, then Cody's is a good option. I think Weds they have 2 for the price of 1 steak and/or chicken fajitas. Good place for chicken wings as well. Good variety of food. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Excellent food , water front dining.. there is also kayak rentals from here , to kayak the beautiful Homosassa River and into the springs ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Tiki Bar
“Great for drinks and live music. Has a beautiful view. Food service can be slow at times. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great Food and great views over the water. Also has a seafood deli on the front side of the building if you need something to take home.”
  • 7 locals recommend

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