Boat Tours at Crystal River

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Boat Tours
This unique eco-heritage experience hosted by Guest Services is unlike any other boat tour offered in the Crystal River region.  

The "Monroe" (24 passengers) is the vessel for a lower river Eco Heritage Tour. The program is available Monday, Wednesday and Friday. 

  • Boat tours depart from the park's administrative office at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. 
  • To purchase tickets, visit Crystal River Preserve Adventures or call 855-613-2777.

Sunset Cruise

Boats depart from the park's administrative office for a delightful cruise out to the Gulf of Mexico for a spectacular sunset. Enjoy a fun and relaxing evening retreat in nature with refreshments and snacks provided.

It’s common to hear the keening screech of a bald eagle, observe ospreys diving into the water for fish, and during low tide events, be entertained by an abundance of shorebirds foraging along the waterfront. Bottle-nosed dolphins are frequently sighted searching for their favorite meal of mullet.

Manatees utilize the main channel of the Crystal River as their main path of travel from the Gulf of Mexico to the freshwater springs of Kings Bay, although they can be a bit elusive to the untrained eye.


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