Crystal River Summer Road Trip Guide

July 27, 2020 Staff


Kings Bay, which is fed by clear springs, is home to the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, sheltering manatees year-round. Boardwalks at Three Sisters Springs Wildlife Refuge offer views of the marine mammal and the natural springs and are one of the most popular attractions around these parts. If you are looking to scallop, head north of the Pasco-Hernando county line, where scalloping grounds run west to Mexico Beach Canal and remain open through September.

If you’re overwhelmed by the DIY nature of scalloping, there’s no shame in turning to the professionals. Plantation on Crystal River offers guided scalloping adventures that include all the necessities (mask, snorkel, fins), a captain, and a chef to prepare your day’s catch. Rates start at $799 for mid-week stays for two guests.


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