Crystal River is the gem of Florida's beautiful Nature Coast. The best place on earth to observe Manatee in their natural habitat.. Crystal River, the gem of Florida's beautiful Nature Coast, is about a two hour drive from Tampa/St. Petersburg. Because Kings Bay is one of the best places in the world to observe manatees Crystal River is an international destination. Kings Bay, which has been designated an "Outstanding Florida Waterway," offers opportunities for boating, diving, swimming, fishing as well as a variety of Manatee and Eco-Tours. In addition, there are miles of nature trails to hike, bike and observe an abundance of birds, deer, alligators and other wildlife.
Crystal River is truly the City of festivals! It is home to many much loved festivals that draw thousands of people, such as the Manatee Festival, Scarecrow Fest, Octoberfest, the Stone Crab Jam, the Scallop Festival, the 4th of July Fireworks Show and the annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Christmas Parade.
Additionally, the City sponsors free entertainment in the form of "Music In The Park" which takes place at the Gazebo behind City Hall the third weekend of each month. There are numerous fine restaurants, cafes and pubs both in Crystal River and within a short drive. Also nearby are other great attractions such as the Homosassa Wildlife Park, ancient Indian Mounds and the cultural center of Citrus County, the Art Center Theater which is a first rate performing arts center.
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