- The list below includes 41 free or cheap things to do in or near Crystal River, Florida, including 45 different types of inexpensive activities like National & State Parks, Kayaking, Beaches and Parks.
- From Crystal River State Archaeological Site to Crystal River Preserve State Park, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Crystal River and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Homosassa, Inverness, Brooksville and Marathon.
Located on a 14-acre site with six ceremonial mounds, Crystal River State Archaeological Site is a premier destination for Native American history and archaeology. The site features a walking trail and also a visitors center which has many artifacts on display.
83% 92 votes
3266 N. Sailboat Avenue, Crystal River, FL 34428 MoreLess Info
The Crystal River Preserve State Park encompasses over 27,000 acres of pine woodland, hardwood forests, salt marshes, and mangrove islands. Visitors to the park can go hiking, go fishing, or go kayaking or canoeing on the Crystal River.
85% 72 votes
12073 W. Fort Island Trail, Crystal River, FL 34429 MoreLess Info
Featuring a fishing pier, Fort Island Trail Park offers visitors outdoor activities like boating, hiking, picnics, and more. Visitors can spot a variety of animals from the riverfront, from manatees to dolphins.
63% 318 votes
16000 W. Fort Island Trail, Crystal River, FL 34429 MoreLess Info
Discover the beautiful white sands of Fort Island Gulf Beach Park, where you can spend the day watching for dolphins, swimming, and sunning. Visitors can also stroll the boardwalk and fish from the pier.
Encompassing over 157,000 acres in Florida, Withlacoochee State Forest, is filled with lush treescapes and natural habitats for wildlife. An ideal place for hiking, biking, and horseback riding, the forest includes 46-miles of trails.
Pack up the kids and a picnic lunch to spend a day on the Crystal River at Hunter Spring Park. With a small beach on the river, picnic pavilions, and a kayak launch, this an ideal location for a relaxing day with the family.
78% 27 votes
Crystal River Preserve State Park, Crystal River, FL MoreLess Info
A marked trail located within a state wildlife park, the Crystal River Preserve State Park Eco-Walk provides a 2 mile hike on dirt and grass paths. The trail generally follows the Crystal River and through natural wetland areas.
88% 231 votes
1502 S.E. Kings Bay Dr., Crystal River, FL 34429 MoreLess Info
Established in 1983, the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, was created to protect the endangered West Indian Manatee. In addition to snorkeling with the Manatees, the refuge is home to many other species of wildlife for viewing.
The remnants of a 5,100-acre sugar plantation are waiting to be explored when you visit, Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins. The remains of a steam-driven mill include a 40-foot limestone chimney, iron gears, and a cane press.