Nature Coast attractions

Wildlife Reserve in Crystal River

Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge

The winter home of nearly 20% of Florida's West Indian manatee population, this wildlife refuge protects almost the whole of Kings Bay. Up to 800 of these gentle, endangered sea creatures have been counted in a sing…
State Park in Weeki Wachee Springs

Weeki Wachee Springs State Park

Since 1947 tourists have been lured by the siren song of Weeki Wachee Springs, one of Florida's original roadside attractions. Esther Williams, Danny Thomas and Elvis Presley have all sat in the glass-paneled underw…
Cathedral in Tarpon Springs

St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral

Erected in 1907, this historic cathedral doubles as a Greek American community center and host for the yearly Epiphany celebration. With a stately dome, ornate relics and stained-glass windows, the Neo-Byzantine str…
Spring in Crystal River

Three Sisters Springs

One of the newer attractions in the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge is Three Sisters Springs, which contains 57 acres of wildlife flanked by a boardwalk for strolling through it all. The area features underwa…
Historic Site in Tarpon Springs

Historic Sponge Docks

A walk along the docks on Dodecanese Blvd takes visitors past working sponging boats loaded up with giant specimens, along with numerous (and fairly tacky) souvenir shops, Greek restaurants and advertisements for lo…
State Park in Homosassa Springs

Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

This state park is essentially an old-school outdoor Florida animal encounter that features Florida's wealth of headliner species: American alligators, black bears, whooping cranes, Florida panthers, tiny Key deer a…