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Diving, Crystal River Resort, Crystal River, Florida

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The Best Western Crystal River Resort is within close proximity to a multitude of recreational activities including diving, snorkeling, canoeing, manatee watching, fresh water and salt water fishing including renowned tarpon fishing, golf on world-class courses, and tennis. The area boasts a variety of restaurants --many specializing in seafood.

Area Attractions
In addition to the convenient on-site dive shop and boat rentals, other area attractions include:

Buccaneer Bay
U.S. 19 and S.R. 50, near Silver Springs (904) 596-2062. Florida's only spring-fed water park with flumes, sandy beaches, sand volleyball and supervised children's area.

Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park
U.S. 19 in Homosassa (352) 628-2311. Boat tours and educational programs with underwater observatory, native animals, birds, alligators, reptiles and manatees.

Silver Springs
One mile east of Ocala on S.R. 40 (800) 342-0297. Wild-life park allowing close contact with exotic animals in natural setting.

Wild Waters
Located adjacent to Silver Springs one mile east of Ocala (800) 342-0297. Family water park, exciting water flume rides and expansive wave pool in a natural 100 year-old oak grove setting.

Cedar Key State Archaeological Site, Indian Burial Mounds and Museum
3400 Museum Point, Crystal River (352) 795-3817 (West side of U.S. 19)
This six-mound complex is believe to have been started by the Indians of the Deptford culture and is considered one of the longest, continuously occupied sites in Florida. Located on Crystal River, archaeological excavations occurred in 1903, 1906, 1917 and 1985. The site includes temple, burial, and madden (refuse) mounds.

Rainbow Springs State Park
19158 S.W. 81st Place Road, Dunnellon (352) 489- 8503 (East side of U.S 41)
Comprised on 910-acres, the park is located three miles north of Dunnellon on U.S. 41. It includes picnic facilities, gardens and walkways. A designated swimming area offers 72 water year-round.

The park includes the site of the 1960s Rainbow Springs Attraction, a 55-acre joint venture of Holiday Inn and S&H Green Stamps. Many of the existing structures are remnants of this attraction.

The park houses the head springs of the Rainbow River. This river travels to the Gulf of Mexico. Down river canoes and tubes can be rented at KP Hole. To maintain the beauty of the river, strict rules apply to what can be taken on river excursions. Divers and snorkeling enthusiasts enjoy the river's clear waters and native habitat.

Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins State Historic Site
S.R. 490 West of U.S. 19, Homosassa (352) 795-3817
Located in a small wooded area near Homosassa, the six-acre site was once a thriving sugar plantation operated by David Levy Yulee. At one time over 1000 workers worked at the mill which served as a supplier of sugar products for Southern troops. In May, 1864, a Union naval force burned Yulee's home to the ground. The mill, however, which was located inland, escaped damage, but never resumed operation.

Manatee Watching
Not to be missed are the many manatees that seasonally from November through March take harbor in the warm spring waters of Crystal River.

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