Crystal River Archaeological State Park
Temporary change in boat tour schedule
The regular daytime Heritage-Eco Boat Tours will not be operating on Friday, September 28 and October 12 - 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Additionally, Wednesday, October 3 there will be no afternoon 1:30 p.m. boat tour and Monday, October 22 there will be no morning 10:30 a.m. Boat Tour. Sorry for the inconvenience. Please call the park for more information, 352-228-6028.
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.