Morning View from atop Mound A.
Temple Mound A
Crystal River Archaeological Museum at the Golden Hour
Temple Mound H
Lighted staircase on Temple Mound A.
Amplitheater talk
Canoe sculpted by fire.
Back view of Museum
An early morning view of seagrasses the the sparkling blue Crystal River greets the visitor from atop the shell mound.
The large ceremonial Temple Mound A basks in the March late afternoon sunlight.
The Crystal River Museum at the warm sunshiney golden hour of the day.
Moss drapped trees frame the rolling curves of Temple Mound "H"
Temple Mound A glows in the dark to lead visitors to the top during the Moon Over the Mounds full moon event.
People seated on wooden bleachers at the outdoor amplitheater listening intently to a talk
Late afternoon blue lights imitating the smoke rising from a lone canoe being maunfactured with fire.
A backview of the Museum building tucked away behind the flat green plaza and towering trees.

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Crystal River Archaeological State Park

Welcome to Crystal River Archaeological State Park

A National Historic Landmark, this 61-acre, pre-Columbian, Native American site has burial mounds, temple/platform mounds, a plaza area and a substantial midden. The six-mound complex is one of the longest continuously occupied sites in Florida. For 1,600 years the site served as an imposing ceremonial center for Native Americans. People traveled to the complex from great distances to bury their dead and conduct trade. It is estimated that as many as 7,500 Native Americans may have visited the complex every year. Although primarily an archaeological site, the park sits on the edge of an expansive coastal marsh. Anglers may catch saltwater and freshwater fish. As part of the Great Florida Birding Trail, the park offers bird-watchers the chance to observe a variety of birds.

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