Experiences & Amenities
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.
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 for adults, $10 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.
- 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.
Explore the park in a new and challenging way. Experienced Geocachers have requested permission to hide caches containing trinkets, treasures, or information in various places around the park. Please check the Geocaching website for the most current and up-to-date information and clues to locate these caches.
A small picnic area is provided.
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.
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.
A National Historic Landmark, this Pre-Columbian Native American site contains burial mounds, temple mounds, a plaza area and a sizeable shell midden.
Interpretive exhibits explore the chronology of archaeological excavations which occurred at the site beginning in 1903.
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 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Monday. The Museum is closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.
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.