Crystal River is recognized as the Manatee Capital of the World.
Nature at it’s best! Visit the only place in the United States to legally experience the up-close encounter of swimming with these gentle giants. Located on Florida’s Nature Coast, Crystal River and the surrounding cities of Old Homosassa, Inverness and Floral City are an authentic showcase of outdoor adventure and scenic beauty.
Within tens of thousands of acres of protected state parks, forests and wildlife refuges, visitors can explore miles of bicycling, walking, birding, horseback riding & hiking trails to unlock a wild and wonderful world of natural, recreational and archaeological treasures.
Pristine swimmable springs and a shimmering network of rivers, lakes, marshlands and mangroves make Crystal River perfect for kayaking, paddle boarding, canoeing, boating, fishing and floating.
Restaurants, pubs, bistros and bars feature freshly-caught seafood and other seasonal favorites all year long – from summer scallop season – to – fall blue crab season – to -spring fishing seasons!