Things to do in Crystal River Florida this Summer

The time for spring and summer planning is now. Crystal River, Florida, Homosassa, Inverness, and Floral City offer adventures for quick getaways or active week-long vacations.

Located about 75 minutes north of Tampa and 90 minutes west of Orlando, Crystal River is on the Gulf of Mexico on Florida’s Nature Coast. It is easy to access while being off the beaten path for travelers.

Here are five things to do in Crystal River Florida this spring and summer:

Fishing is a way of life in Citrus County, and some of the best inshore and offshore fishing guides anywhere are here, ready to share their experience with first-time anglers.

Try Your Hand at Fishing

Scalloping is a fun, easy experience, an esteemed local tradition, and a Florida family favorite. Scalloping is a family-friendly underwater adventure that requires a mask, snorkel, flippers, and scoop net.

Chase Scallops in the Sea

Fishing or scalloping in Crystal River and Homosassa often includes a unique, time-honored Florida tradition: cook your catch. Hungry visitors can enjoy their catches after a full day of fishing courtesy of local chefs.

Cook Your Catch

The Crystal River National Refuge offers exceptional hiking via the Chassahowitzka Salt Marsh Trails. The Crystal River Preserve State Park features the Churchhouse Hammock Boardwalk, the Dixie Shores Trails, and the Lake Loop.

Take the Path Less Traveled

The newly opened Mertailor’s Mermaid Aquarium Encounter, unique to Citrus County, is where guests can interact with various sea creatures in touch tanks and catch a daily mermaid show staged in the 15,000-gallon Caribbean Saltwater Aquarium. 

Encounter Manatees, Mermaids, and More

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