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Welcome to Crystal River, Citrus Country
This gem Kings Bay Crystal River on Florida’s beautiful Nature Coast offers visitors outstanding opportunities for boating, diving, swimming, fishing and even manatee spotting tours in an area designated as an Outstanding Florida Waterway. As well as a wealth of water-based activities, the warm and welcoming locals and a rich historical and cultural heritage make this the perfect spot for a short trip or a vacation away.
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Plantation on Crystal River
The Plantation on Crystal River is set in stunning surroundings with easy access onto the clear waters of the Crystal River. Here the activities are endless, providing you with new experiences you’ll remember forever.
Plenty of things to do
Crystal River history
There’s a rich seam of history running through Crystal River and the wider Citrus County,
with a number of informative local museums that trace this story through time.
Floral City Heritage Hall Museum
Floral City in Citrus County is home to a museum that traces the evolution of the area from its days as a boom town during the Florida phosphate mining period in the 1890s through to the present day.
Old Courthouse Heritage Museum
The Coastal Heritage Museum
Crystal River Archaeological State Park
This 61-acre Native American ceremonial site was abandoned before Europeans arrived in America, which gives you some idea of just how old the six-mound complex must be. For 1,600 years this site served as a ceremonial center for Native Americans, with the Temple Mound still the highest point in Crystal River.
Fort Cooper State Park
Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins
The Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins are the remnants of a 5,000-acre sugar plantation which was hacked out along the Homosassa River in 1851 by approximately 1,000 slaves. This plantation, with the mill as its centrepiece, was a valuable sugar source during the American Civil War.
Culture & theatre in Crystal River
The Valerie Theatre
Named after the owner’s daughter, the Valerie Theatre was built in 1926 in the little town of Inverness and continues to host regular plays, concerts and special events to this day. When Elvis and the crew came to town to shoot ‘Follow that Dream’, they regularly gathered in the Theatre to view the day’s takes.
Crystal River beaches, surfing, parks & river cruises
If it’s swimming you’re after then Crystal River won’t disappoint. Fort Island Gulf Beach, Hunter Spring Park and Hernando Beach are three of the best beaches in the area, while the Bicentennial Park and Whispering Pines Park have some wonderful natural pools.
Hunter Springs Park
Fort Island Gulf Beach
Ecotourism, wildlife & the great outdoors
Crack and Back
Three Sisters Springs
Sport in Crystal River
Black Diamond Ranch Golf
Crystal River dining
It might be small, but you’ll still find an excellent range of restaurants and eateries during your stay in Crystal River and the wider Citrus County. There’s tasty seasonal crab in Crystal River, Ozello and Homosassa, which is usually served fresh off the boat. Downtown Inverness also has an eclectic dining scene with a cluster of independent restaurants and pubs serving home-cooked treats.
Shopping on the the Emerald Coast
With a multitude of shops and cafes on Crystal Rivers’ Citrus Avenue, you’re sure to find everything you need, whether that’s the makings of a picnic or souvenirs for family and friends. The relaxed streets of downtown Inverness also play host to independent stores, while Old Homosassa and Floral City have galleries with unique delights and stores with the familiar staples you’ll need.
And, if you like nothing more than a good rummage, Howard’s Flea Market has over 800 covered booths across 55 acres with vendors selling antiques, books, clothing, collectables, arts and crafts and more. Heritage Village, with its collection of unique gift shops and shops selling other specialist wares, is also well worth a look.
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