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Crystal River Archaeological State Park

Crystal River, Florida

Contact Information

3400 N. Museum Point
Crystal River, 34428
(352) 795-3817

Driving Directions
Crystal River Archaeological State Park is located on North Museum Pointe, 2 1/2 miles west off U.S. 19 North of the Town of Crystal River.

Hours of Operation
Florida state parks are open from 8 a.m. until sundown 365 days a year.

Park Activities

Birding
The area within the park has been largely altered by man. Clearings associated with the mound complex are adjacent to a dense tree line that works well for bird watching. The site will be listed as a birding area in the Great Florida Birding Trail. It is one of four ADA accessible birding sites in Citrus County.

Boat Tours
HERITAGE-ECO BOAT TOURS. The vessel “Monroe” (26 passengers) is the vehicle for a lower river Heritage-Eco Tour. The program "The Ancient River Dwellers" is provided weekly. The cost is $10.00 per person (children under 6 are free). The 1½ hour trip allows the participants the opportunity to see the coastal marsh and learn how it and the associated marine estuary provided for the pre-Columbian people that lived here. Call the park for details at (352) 795-3817.

Picnicking
A small picnic area is provided.

Visitor Center
STUDY OF THE LOCAL PRE-HISTORIC COASTAL DWELLERS. The primary reason for this sites place in the Florida State Park Service is to preserve and interpret the mound structures, burial areas and the lifeways of the coastal dwellers that used the area in ancient times. The visitor center contains exhibits that display artifacts related to the site and provides a few comparisons with what was occurring in other parts of the world during similar time periods.