Crystal River, FL

September 6, 2012 by Angie

Last weekend we took a short trip to Crystal River, FL with my parents for Labor Day weekend. They rented a cute two bedroom house on Kings Bay with a floating dock in the backyard. Here’s a photo of the sunset from the lawn.

Crystal River is a seafood/boating/fishing kind of a town so Robbie and I were a little worried we would be subsisting on the protein bars we packed. I’m happy to report we were pleasantly surprised by two restaurants. For dinner on the first night we went to Rocco’s Italian Cafe. All four of us loved our entrees and were really impressed with the number of vegetarian options. The eggplant rollatini I had was fantastic. Robbie had the lasagna and my mom got the penne rustiche. It’s a really cute place with fancy desserts and a nice staff. For lunch on the second day we went to Thai Phoon. They offer a lot of vegan and vegetarian dishes with tofu. I got my favorite sweet and sour tofu and it was quite lovely with plenty of tofu.

Sweet and sour tofu at Thai Phoon

After dinner on the first night we happened upon a car show. Dad seriously considered buying this old Porsche. Lots of cool old cars there – Dad and Robbie were most excited about the red Triumph TR8 which, thankfully, was not for sale.

Dad considers a new, old car.

Our main outing was on the second day to Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. We took a twenty minute pontoon boat ride to the main park where there are lots of Florida animals to see.

Go Gators.

A regal turkey.

I was too scared to pet this little guy.

There was a serious boat party complete with very loud country music happening just past the park area.

The four manatees the park staff are rehabilitating are definitely the highlight.  We went to the last manatee show of the day where the manatees swam over to the spring to eat their lettuce dinner. The park has a floating, underwater room you can go in to look out at the spring and the manatees. It’s fun to watch them swim around the room checking out all the people inside.


  1. danielle says:

    Looks like you guys had fun. Glad you could do a get away with your parents. I’ve actually been to homosassa springs wildlife park. It’s North of where my family lives. It’s a cute little park. Did you see the hippos or the Florida panther? They were my favs.

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