Listen up, you wanderlusters! We have the ultimate addition to your Fall 2020 To-Do List!

Crystal River is located in Citrus County, Fla., and is home to five top-rated Florida state parks. This idyllic setting promises to pack a plethora of options for outdoor fun and adventure.

600 Million Gallons of Water

Crystal River resides on Kings Bay, a unique natural wonder fed by over seventy springs that provide 600 million gallons of fresh water a day into the freshwater bay located only six miles from the Gulf of Mexico.

Bring on the Manatee

The Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge is the only refuge in the United States dedicated to the preservation and protection of a single species, the Florida Manatee. And it is a good thing they do, because Crystal River is the only place in the entire country where you can have a personal encounter with the gentle giants. Well, legally… that is!

I Can Kayak, Canoe?

Let your adventurous side take over by exploring you’re surrounding via three different modes of transportation;

  • Kayak
  • Canoe
  • Stand Up Paddleboard

Glide upon the springs, seven winding rivers, and open bays from the Tsala Apopka Chain of Lakes to the St. Martins Marsh Aquatic Preserve.

One Fish, Two Fish

Love to fish? You’re not alone, my friend. Citrus County and Crystal River offer several fishing options for families looking to have some real fun in the sun!

Executive Director of Discover Crystal River John Pricher:

“More people are looking at travel differently, favouring the kind of wide-open outdoor spaces we offer for a getaway that is affordable, unforgettable, and that meets health and safety guidelines. These strange times are a unique opportunity for us to showcase our natural wonders to people who haven’t considered this kind of natural travel experience before.”

Discover a system of gorgeously preserved trails and streams in and around the enchanting towns, of Homosassa, Inverness, and Floral City.

Try biking the Withlacoochee State Trail, with 46 miles of trail that passes through natural communities and small towns. Each trailhead presents a distinctive voyage like the Inverness Trailhead at the newly opened Depot District, home to playgrounds, an open-air pavilion, a stage, and a picnic area. Riders can continue their adventure in the bike-friendly downtown or park their bikes and wander along the Lakeside Scenic Boardwalks.

Stretch Those Legs

If you prefer to stay on your own two feet, this lovely locale is an absolute favourite for hikers with trails through thousands of acres of Florida coastline at the Crystal River Preserve State Park and the Withlacoochee State Forest. Keep a gimlet eye out, as you are bound to spot an impressive variety of native plants and wildlife.

Immersive Arts and Culture

From art galleries to archaeological sites, Citrus County offers immersive arts and cultural opportunities.

Dive into a vibrant arts and culture scene and get inspired on your visit to Citrus County, FL. There’s so much beauty and history to experience!

Visual & Performing Arts

Browse the work of local artists at one of their many galleries. Who knows, you may even find the perfect hand-crafted souvenir to take home!

A Bit of a History Buff, Are You?

Citrus County has a long history of habitation and culture dating back thousands of years. You can visit several historical and archaeological sites to learn about the lifestyle and culture of Native American inhabitants. History buffs will also appreciate the local museums, where you can catch a glimpse of what life was like for early European settlers here.

When In Doubt… There Is Always Shopping!

When it comes to making the best of your own little getaway, you can’t possibly go wrong with a shopping spree! There are a variety of shops and café on Crystal River’s Citrus Avenue, the welcoming and carefree sidewalks of Downtown Inverness or the stunning choice of galleries in both Old Homosassa and Floral City, new surprises and delights appear in every window and through every doorway!