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The Days Inn at Crystal River is conveniently located on the beautiful "Nature Coast" of west central Florida, right in the middle of the activities triangle of Orlando, Tampa, and Ocala.
Orlando is less than two hours to the east with all that it has to offer; Disney World, Epcot Center, Downtown Disney, Animal Kingdom, Universal Studios, MGM Studios, Seaworld, and countless resorts and other attractions.
And just 90 miles south of Crystal River is Tampa, Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg a little further. You can visit Busch Gardens Africa, The Florida Aquarium, take a streetcar ride to Channelside for shopping, a Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tampa Bay Rays, or a Lightning game. The Tampa Bay Area also offers Ybor City where the Cuban sandwiches are hot and crisp, the cigars are hand-rolled, and the colorful streets are lined with fun.
A little closer to Crystal River is an attraction unlike any other. Weeki Wachee Springs, the City of Live Mermaids, on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Located halfway between Tampa and Crystal River at the intersection of U.S. 19 and State Road 50. Weeki Wachee is an enchanted spring and one of Florida's oldest and most unique roadside attractions. For almost 60 years, the fun, family oriented park has attracted visitors with beautiful mermaids who swim in the cool, clear spring waters.
Just 45 minutes north of Crystal River is the city of Ocala. Famous for its race horses and equestrian flavor, Ocala offers upscale shopping, the Paddock Mall, and many small antique shops and boutiques. You can also attend the Central Florida Orchestra concerts, the Appleton Museum, the Silver Springs attraction & water park and the many restaurants on State Route 200.
Even closer to home, right in Citrus County is Fort Island Beach. Citrus County's only saltwater gulf beach. This is a thousand foot beach with picnic facilities and concessions. Lifeguards are on duty from Memorial Day through Labor Day. A public boat ramp, dock and boardwalk are available. The beach is approximately 9 miles out at the end of Fort Island Trail in Crystal River and is a free facility.
Also in the Crystal River area, be sure to visit the Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park, Crystal River Archaeological State Park (Indian Mounds), Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve, Rainbow Springs State Park, Antique Shops at Historic Downtown Crystal River, the Crystal River Mall and Crystal River Watersports for a once in a lifetime opportunity to swim with the Crystal River Manatees or rent a boat.
Remember the Days Inn at Crystal River is just 65 miles from the Tampa Airport, 85 miles from the Orlando Airport and Citrus County also has two non-commercial airports, one in Inverness and the larger one in Crystal River. The Crystal River Airport is located on a 196 acre site three miles south of downtown Crystal River.