City of Crystal River, Florida

Crystal River is the crowning jewel of Florida’s Nature Coast. The city is situated around Kings Bay, which is spring-fed and so keeps a constant 72 °F throughout the year. The Crystal River Springs Group is one of the largest in the state, with about 50 springs. It produces over 64 million gallons of discharge every day; that’s over 100 cubic meters per second! Crystal River is also home to Kings Bay, which can bring 400 manatees each winter.

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This National Historic Landmark is 61 acres of pre-Columbian, Native American lands with burial mounds, temple platform mounds, a plaza area, and a midden. For over 1,600 years, the site served as a ceremonial center for Native Americans and people traveled to the complex from great distances to bury their dead. It's estimated that 7,500 Native Americans may have visited the area every year. Aside from the history, this park is also great for bird watchers and fisherman. 

Crystal River Mall is a small mall in rural Florida. It is anchored by Rural King, a farm supply store. Many of the other storefronts remain vacant, but the Regal Cinema makes the mall worth a visit.

Some of the activities that can be done at Crystal River Preserve State Park include bicycling, fishing, hiking, walking, and running. There are also boat tours available to take visitors through the rarity that is the spring-fed body of water that is the Crystal River to see how it supports the sea and wildlife with it being both fresh and salt water. Boat tours are about one and half hours long for those who are interested. There is a seven-mile loop trail that is away from the simpler trails of the state park that's perfect for those who love to go off the beaten path.