|Manatee Tours - Swimming with Manatees -
Manatee Snorkeling Trips - Manatee Diving Tours:
Crystal River Florida Manatees in Citrus
County Fl. are very passive and loving creatures.
Crystal River and Homosassa have a year round population
of Florida Manatees. They are usually around Kings Bay
and Three Sisters Springs. Crystal River and Homosassa
Springs are known as the homes of the largest herds of
wintering Manatees that enjoy the protection of the
Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge. There is a
resident herd year round but as the Manatees seek warmer
water between October and March, the opportunity for
Manatee viewing and “close up” scuba or snorkel
encounters increases during these months. Do not miss
your chance to see the Manatees of Crystal River and
Citrus County is one
of the prime fishing spots within the state of Florida
having pristine and productive estuaries. Our Gulf of
Mexico coastline is famous for spotted sea trout,
redfish, cobia (seasonal), grouper, spanish mackarel,
sheephead, shark, black drum, jack crevell, bluefish,
and tarpon. In 1993 the world record tarpon was caught
right here. When it comes to fresh water fishing Citrus
and surrounding counties have it all. Lake Tsala Apopka,
Lake Rousseau and the Withlacoochee River offer
outstanding fresh water fishing for large mouth bass,
blue gills, stump knockers, and brem. Fish from the Gulf
of Mexico from piers, buy boat, or local fishing guides
will bring you directly to the reefs, grass beds and
flats. Public boat ramps provide easy access to all of
its major waterways. We are an excellent source of
information on bait shops, boat ramps and can book you
or your group with one of the many fishing guides right
from our center.
|Boating, Kayaking and Canoeing:
With seven "Outstanding Florida Waterways" to its credit
(Withlacoochee River, St. Martins River, Salt River,
Halls River, Homosassa River and Chassahowitzka River),
Citrus County offers endless boating opportunities on
both salt and fresh water. As if seven rivers weren't
enough, we have 22 miles of inland lakes and coastline
on the Gulf of Mexico. Canoeists and kayakers enjoy the
new Citrus County Canoe and Kayak Trail, which extends
eleven miles from the Crystal River to the
Chassahowitzka River. The trail is clearly marked and
conveys you through some of the county's most
picturesque areas. We can arrange for you or your group
to canoe and kayak one or all of these beautiful
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|Diving and Snorkeling:
River and Homosassa Springs is known as the home of the
largest herd of wintering manatees that enjoy the
protection of the Crystal River National Wildlife
Refuge. You are welcome to enjoy an awesome experience
by snorkeling with the manatees while observing
applicable regulations. We can arrange and book your
adventure with everything you need from equipment to
experienced and licensed guides.
|Bird Watching Photo Opportunities:
From the unspoiled coastal salt marshes at
Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge, to the St.
Martin's State Buffer Preserve, to the Withlacoochee Bay
Area of the Cross Florida Greenway, you may find herons,
egrets, wood storks, oystercatchers, gulls, shore birds
and pelicans and ospreys and Falcons just to name a few.
Our coastal waters are teaming with loons, mergansers,
ducks and white pelicans. In winter, eagles, harriers,
and swallowtail kites are often found. Citrus county is
fortunate enough to have been designated for
reintroduction of the very rare and majestic whooping
crane. Inland, you'll spot scrub jays, burring owls, all
the woodpeckers and edge birds found in open habitat.
Red shoulder and red tail hawks are common. The Citrus
Tract of the Withlacoochee State Forest, a major section
of this central ridge, is home to a large population of
the endangered red cockaded woodpeckers. The Backman's
sparrow can be found here also. We can direct and plan
your bird watching experience.
Enjoy the natural
environment. Choose from primitive camping, tent
camping, recreational vehicle or renting a cozy cabin.
During your stay, take advantage of the many
recreational or educational opportunities offered in
"Mother Nature Theme Park."
Cabins: Citrus County
offers a selection of lodge and cabin locations along
the Tsala Apopka chain of lakes to scenic areas on many
rivers leading to the Gulf of Mexico.
Vehicles: There are many public and private facilities
to accommodate your recreational vehicle.
Camping: You can pitch your tent in a small clearing in
the forest or on other public lands with designated
private campsites along the established hiking trails.
Combined with an extensive trail system, the 41,222-acre
Citrus Tract of Withlacoochee State Forest offers
terrific opportunities for back-to-nature backpacking.
We can help you plan your outdoor vacation.
|Hiking, Biking and Horseback Riding:
There are many ways to immerse yourself
into the "natural order of things".
Withlacoochee State Trail is a 46 mile paved trail
through Citrus, Hernando and ending in Pasco county.
Open from sunrise to sunset every day of the year it is
available for cyclist, runners, roller blades and anyone
looking for an opportunity to enjoy an uninterrupted
self propelled trip through central Florida's scenery.
There are picnic shelters and benches along the way for
a respite. The Withlacoochee Trail will soon be part of
the Cross-Florida Greenways, connection undisturbed
pathways throughout the state.
Hiking: you will enjoy
a wide range of terrain’s, such as sandhill, scrub,
hardwood, hammock, hydric swamp, and marsh. Educational
paths, interpretive nature walks and hiking trails each
feature their own unique combination of ecosystems,
flora and fauna.
Biking: Bicycle or roller-blade the
popular Withlacoochee State Trail. Formerly a railroad
right-of-way, this 47-mile trail is paved its entire
length through Citrus County with bike/blade liveries
along the way.
Horseback Riding: Ride through the
scenic Withlacoochee State Forest, taking the 14-mile
one-day trail or a 24-mile two-day trail.
Sand. Water. Hazards.
Trees. Roughs. Hills. Valleys. Ahhh...a golfer's dream.
Challenges are everywhere when you golf in Citrus
County. With over 682 square miles of nature's
wonderland, this unspoiled, uncrowded gem in the heart
of Florida's Nature Coast offers many public courses
that beckon to both serious and casual golfers. Be sure
to pack your clubs for this vacation and let us arrange
your golfing excursions.
uncovered at the 14 acre State Archaeological Site
located in Crystal River, dating back to 500 BC History
enthusiasts may choose to explore Old Homosassa and The
Yule Sugar Mill ruins, the remains of a pre-Civil War
sugar plantation. South of Inverness is Fort Cooper
State Park, whack was a post during the Seminal Indian
War in the 1830"s. Those interested in historic
architecture must visit the city of Inverness with its
restored courthouse, built in 1912.
Whatever type of dining
you crave can be found in restaurants along the Nature
Coast, from 5 star seafood restaurants, to ethnic to
sandwiches to good style home cooking.
The Nature Coast has
an abundant of lodging facilities from bed & breakfast
to 5 star hotels and everything in between.
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Plan to spend a few
days uncovering unique antiques and delectable
collectibles. Citrus County has dozens of shops ready to
take you on an excursion to the past. You'll find
friendly shopkeepers, happy residents, a beautiful
environment and thousands of unusual items to add to
your collection. There are several certified appraisers
in the county, eager to talk with you about their
favorite subject. With more than 30 shops, plus an
entire indoor mall devoted to antiques and collectibles,
you may want to stay an extra day to two. You'll be glad
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