Crystal River is the best place in the whole world to view the manatee in their natural habitat! World renowned Three Sisters Springs is right here in our backyard and plays home to hundreds of manatees in the winter. We welcome our thousands of visitors each year from around the world. Only 90 miles from bustling Orlando and the magic of Walt Disney World, visitors find a different type of enchantment in Crystal River. Kings Bay, an "Outstanding Florida Waterway" offers many water oriented activities such as: boating, canoeing/kayaking, paddle boarding, jet skiing, swimming and wildlife watching. The Gulf of Mexico, off the Crystal River is also one of the few places to scallop along the coast of Florida. Bay scallop season runs July1- September 24 each year. This underwater "treasure hunt" is an experience unlike any other. In downtown Crystal River you can walk the quaint specialty shops, amazing restaurants and festive bars some of which are nestled in historic family homes. Only blocks from the waterfront, downtown is where you will find the City's many festivals and events.