Swim with manatees and camp on the Florida coast in this nature-loving town
In Crystal River, it’s all about the water. Impossibly clear streams teem with gentle manatees. Near Gulf-side RV parks, you’ll find world-class fishing and boating. Plus, the warm Florida weather means that it’s always camping season. You don’t need to go far to find RV resorts and tent camping. Within a few miles of downtown Crystal River, a variety of RV parks provide amenities like Wi-Fi and full hookups. Nearby, you can kayak with manatees at Three Sisters Springs. At Crystal River Preserve State Park, paddleboard through the marshes or hike hardwood forests. About 20 miles from town, Rainbow Springs State Park has both tent camping and RV sites. If you love wildlife, head straight for Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. A short walk from the campground, you can spot panthers, wolves, and bears. Planning to camp in Crystal River during the winter months? Many campgrounds and RV parks fill up fast with snowbirds. Reserve well in advance; many Florida state parks allow online reservations.