Florida Manatee Festival 2016

The Suncoast Credit Union Florida Manatee Festival was recently honored for another year with the Chronicle’s Best of the Best Readers Choice Award for Local Events!  The Chamber appreciates all of the patrons who come out to support and enjoy this annual event that has been going on in downtown Crystal River for 28 years, along with all of the businesses, boat captains, craft artists, food vendors, performers and volunteers that allow us to put on such a great festival.

The Chamber is pleased to welcome Suncoast Credit Union as the title sponsor for this year's festival!

Festival at a Glance

What: 29th Annual Suncoast Credit Union Florida Manatee Festival

When: Saturday, Jan. 16, 9 am – 5 pm; and Sunday, Jan. 17, 9 am – 4 pm

Cost: $4 per person, age 12 and under free

Where: Downtown Crystal River, at the intersection of Citrus Avenue and U.S. 19, stretching up through the shops and restaurants of Heritage Village and surrounding areas, down to the waterside area along King’s Bay.

Parking: Free parking at the Crystal River Mall at 1801 NW U.S. 19 (approximately one mile north of the event). Shuttle buses will offer $1 rides to the event. Children under 12 ride free. There is limited street and handicap parking available.

Boat Tours: Local boat captains will offer boat tours on a first-come basis. Tickets are available for $10 for adults; children 12 and under free. The tickets are good only on the date purchased and are sold at the boat dock area near northwest Third Street (Kings Bay Park).

Three Sisters Springs: Free shuttles will transport visitors to Three Sisters Springs from the bus stop on northeast Fifth Street.

Event website:
www.gomanateefest.com or

Chamber phone: 352-795-3149

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  • Named the 2014 and 2015  "Best of the Best" Local Event Winner by the Citrus County Chronicle. 
  • This festival draws thousands of visitors annually to downtown Crystal River for island music, tasty treats and most notably--the manatees.  
  • In 2013, CNN Lonely Planet’s editors named snorkeling with the manatees of Crystal River as one of "ten ultimate adventures"