Crystal River Archaeological State Park
A National Historic Landmark & Museum of Native American Artifacts
This 61-acre, pre-Columbian, Native American site has burial mounds, temple/platform mounds, a plaza area and a substantial midden. The six-mound complex is one of the longest continuously occupied sites in Florida. For 1,600 years the site served as an imposing ceremonial center for Native Americans. People traveled to the complex from great distances to bury their dead and conduct trade. It is estimated that as many as 7,500 Native Americans may have visited the complex every year. Although primarily an archaeological site, the park sits on the edge of an expansive coastal marsh. Anglers may catch saltwater and freshwater fish. As part of the Great Florida Birding Trail, the park offers bird-watchers the chance to observe a variety of birds.
STUDY OF THE LOCAL PRE-HISTORIC COASTAL DWELLERS
The primary reason for this site’s place in the Florida State Park Service is to preserve and interpret the mound structures, burial grounds and the life-ways of the coastal dwellers who used the area in ancient times. The visitor center/museum contains exhibits displaying artifacts related to the site, and provides a few comparisons with what was occurring in other parts of the world during similar time periods.
The Museum is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Thursday through Monday. The Museum is closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.
3400 N. Museum Point
Crystal River, FL 34428
Weeki Wachee Springs State Park
One of Florida’s Original Roadside Attractions!
The mermaids of Weeki Wachee Springs have entertained visitors since 1947. The headwaters of the Weeki Wachee River, Weeki Wachee Springs is a first magnitude freshwater spring of crystal-clear natural beauty. The abundance of wildlife is the main attraction of the area, besides the mermaids at the park.
The 538 acre park features a submerged theater for the popular mermaid show. Enjoy a guided riverboat cruise or go it alone by canoe or kayak. Either way, you’re in for a natural sun-filled treat on a most beautiful waterway.
Take a refreshing swim in the springs and/or indulge in a beach area picnic with the entire family. There are several concessions available for your enjoyment. The park is full of little rides and things to do. Set aside a day and experience an adventure you’ll always remember.
Park hours vary seasonally for Weeki Wachee Springs and Buccaneer Bay so give them a call for prices and times.
6131 Commercial Way
Spring Hill, FL 34606
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Wildlife State Park
Spend an Afternoon with Florida’s Wildlife!
This beautiful state park surrounds the natural freshwater springs and headwaters of the Homosassa River. Visitors get to mingle with Florida’s natural wildlife in a natural setting while traveling over one mile of paved trails and boardwalk.
The park encompasses a first-magnitude freshwater spring, pumping millions of gallons of crystal-clear water every hour, which is the major source of the beautiful Homosassa River.
Visit the “Fish Bowl”, an underwater observatory where you can view manatees and many species of fish from behind glass walls. The educational center provides information about Florida’s wildlife, including manatees, alligators, bears, panthers, many fishes and birds. Enjoy a tram or boat ride to the park from the visitors center.
Park hours are 9am to 5pm, 365 days a year.
4150 South Suncoast Blvd.
Homosassa, FL 34446