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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.
Nature
“Natural beauty water temp stays at 72 degrees Year round which attracts the manatees in the winter from the colder gulf temperatures.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Bar
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“Fun atmosphere! Enjoy appetizers and drinks while listening to live music on the waterfront.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Park
“Historical state park, with beautiful view of the Crystal River from top of Indian mound”
  • 10 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
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
Park
“This is a great place to start a kayaking trip. Beautiful little beach area and kids play area. They even have free movies nights in the summer. ”
  • 9 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.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Movie Theater
“There is a little fish/seafood restaurant in the mall - - stop in and have gator bites or something new! Great food.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“One of several fine dining locations in the area. On weekends or holidays be sure to make a reservation. We prefer it on weekdays, because we like it quieter. It's usually closed on Mondays.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Cafe
“This place has great food! No reservations, so you will need to wait. They have a small bar area also. The wait staff and the owner can be very entertaining. This is the place where my daughter first had seered tuna and loved it!”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Best breakfast in Crystal river, 2 locations This one has only been open about 6 months the one in Homosassa 4 years. Both places are family run. and serve the same food. Closed Mondays”
  • 2 locals recommend
Amusement Park
“Lots of great energy and reviews from these guys they really take there passion seriously highly recommend they offer Kayaking and Manatee Tours. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Local dive. Turn left off Woodward Park and it is on the right corner at the Highway 19 light.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“One of the best outfitters in Crystal River. Within walking distance to Hunters Springs City Park. ”
  • 2 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“Fun atmosphere! Enjoy appetizers and drinks while listening to live music on the waterfront.”
  • 19 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
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
“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.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“One of several fine dining locations in the area. On weekends or holidays be sure to make a reservation. We prefer it on weekdays, because we like it quieter. It's usually closed on Mondays.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Cafe
“This place has great food! No reservations, so you will need to wait. They have a small bar area also. The wait staff and the owner can be very entertaining. This is the place where my daughter first had seered tuna and loved it!”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Best breakfast in Crystal river, 2 locations This one has only been open about 6 months the one in Homosassa 4 years. Both places are family run. and serve the same food. Closed Mondays”
  • 2 locals recommend

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