The Crystal River Archaeological State Park has gone through some changes in the past several months. When you visit you will notice that a great deal of vegetation has been removed from the cultural features and other areas of the mound complex. This was done to allow effective cultural management and for research to be conducted by an archaeological field school using archaeologists and...
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Crystal River Archaeological - Boat Tours
Heritage-Eco Boat Tours are available seasonally at the nearby Crystal River Preserve State Park. The vessel "Monroe" (24 passengers) is the vehicle for a lower river Heritage-Eco Tour. The program "The Ancient River Dwellers" is provided weekly from Labor Day to Memorial Day (September 5th, 2016 - May 29th, 2017). Boat trips run on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., but are subject to change due to weather conditions. The cost is $15.00 for adults, $10.00 for children 12 and under (children 6 and under are free). No credit or debit cards - check or cash only. The 1.5-hour trip allows the participants the opportunity to see the coastal marsh, and to learn how it and the associated marine estuary provided for the pre-Columbian people that lived here. Call Crystal River Preserve State Park for confirmation of days and details at 352-228-6028.
Crystal River Archaeological - Fishing
Anglers may catch saltwater and freshwater fish in designated areas.
All fishing within the park must conform to regulations concerning size, number, method of capture and season. A fishing license may be required. More information is available at the Florida Wildlife Commission’s Fishing in Florida.
Crystal River Archaeological - Geo-Seeking
Geocaching is an outdoor game using hand-held global positioning systems (GPS) devices. It's effectively an inexpensive, interactive, high-tech treasure hunt that's a great way to learn geography. Participants use location coordinates to find caches. Some caches are easy to find; others are more difficult. The biggest reward is the thrill of the search and the discovery of a place where you have never been. Geocaching should have minimal impact to the environment and conscientious land use ethics should be followed.
The Operation Recreation GeoTour hosted by Geocaching.com, stretches from Pensacola to Key West and includes 71 of the First Three Time National Gold Medal Award Winning Florida State Parks and Trails. Visit 20 caches and win the Official Operation Recreation Geocoin. Download and print the Official Tracking Sheet to begin your adventure. Remember to cache and save with unlimited entry for a year with the Florida State Parks Annual Pass.
The Florida Park Service is proud to announce it has launched the Operation Recreation Kids GeoTour. Look inside Operation Recreation GeoTour geocaches for one of six possible Nature Cards. Every cache has one of six species. Record the name of the Florida State Park where you first find each of the six species on the Kids Official Tracking Sheet. Find all six species and win the ORGT Kids GeoTour Geocoin!
Crystal River Archaeological - Historic Site
A National Historic Landmark, this Pre-Columbian Native American site contains burial mounds, temple mounds, a plaza area and a sizeable shell midden.
Crystal River Archaeological - Interpretive Exhibit
Interpretive exhibits explore the chronology of archaeological excavations which occurred at the site beginning in 1903.
Crystal River Archaeological - Museum
Study of the Local Pre-Historic Coastal Dwellers: The primary reason for this site is to preserve and interpret the mound structures, burial areas and the lifeways of the coastal dwellers who used the area in ancient times. The visitor center/museum contains exhibits displaying artifacts related to the site, and provides a few comparisons with what was occurring in other parts of the world during similar time periods.
The Museum is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Thursday through Monday. The Museum is closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Crystal River Archaeological - Pets
Well-behaved dogs are welcome at Crystal River Archaeological State Park. They must be kept on a 6-foot leash at all times and cannot be left unattended for more than a half-hour. Dogs are not permitted in the Visitor Center/Museum.
Crystal River Archaeological - Picnicking
A small picnic area is provided.
Crystal River Archaeological - Weddings
The beautiful Crystal River can be your sparkling alter for a quiet, serene ceremony. There is a small campfire area with benches near the river and temple mound standing majestically behind the bride and groom. Or you can use the paved walkway for an aisle with the sunset as a backdrop for a perfect evening ceremony. For a more intimate ceremony, climb the stairs to the top of the temple mound where a platform allows for a beautiful view of the Crystal River. The area close to the river can accommodate up to 100 guests. A campfire circle area can accommodate up to 50 people and the temple mound platform only has seating for 10 but can be standing room for 20. Please call our wedding coordinator for a quote (352) 795-3817.
For pictures and more information, please download Your Dream Wedding at Crystal River Archaeological State Park.
Crystal River Archaeological - Wildlife Viewing
The area within the park has been largely altered by man. Clearings associated with the mound complex are adjacent to a dense tree line that works well for bird watching. The site will be listed as a birding area in the Great Florida Birding And Wildlife Trail. It is one of four ADA accessible birding sites in Citrus County.