Manatees, quaint specialty shops, terrific restaurants, and water-oriented activities make Crystal River a place not to be missed. Crystal River is located in Citrus Country, on the west coast of Florida. Only 90 miles from bustling Orlando and the magic of Walt Disney World, Crystal River offers a different type of enchantment.
Crystal River is situated around Kings Bay, which is spring-fed thus maintains a constant 72-degree temperature year round. A cluster of 50 freshwater springs feeds the bay. The Crystal River Springs group is the second largest springs group in Florida. Consequently, Crystal River is referred to as Manatee Haven. As many as 400 manatees winter in the spring-fed waters. Additionally, this is the only place in the United States where people can legally interact with manatees in their natural conditions.
This weekend-winter guide begins along the Withlacoochee Trail. Escape the crowds and theme parks enjoying all or part of the 46-mile multi-use, non-motorized rail trail. The trail offers the chance to see wildlife. Also, the trail is great for walkers, bikers, skaters, and explorers. Next, enjoy a delightful outdoor lunch. And afterward, window-shop in downtown Crystal River admiring one of a kind gifts and trinkets.
Spend a day on a pontoon boat exploring the natural beauty of Crystal River. Have a wiener roast on a sandy island. Cast a line to try your luck at catching a trout or redfish. And warm your body and soul under the deep azure blue skies.
Then, charter a fishing trip with the best guides on the west coast of Florida. Test your strength at reeling in shallow water grouper. Maybe even catch a trout on the saltwater flats. Above all, have the time of your life!
Enjoy local fresh seafood including stone crab claws. And kayak the clear water spotting the vague gray shapes of the manatees. After that, watch as the last light of the day sets over the Gulf of Mexico.
R-tinerary’s reliable and tested guide provides specifics of our trip including accommodations, outdoor activities, and our dining choices. Further, we provide other options for places to stay, things to do and dining options.
R-tinerary enjoyed the Crystal River area as a Girl’s Weekend Getaway. This would be fantastic family vacation, as well.
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