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DISCOVER CITRUS

POINTS OF INTEREST

1) Kings Bay

2) Hunter's Spring Park

3) Fort Island Gulf Beach

4) Crystal River State Archaeological Site

5) Museum of Citrus County

6) Power Place

7) Bicentennial Park

8) Ozello Trail

9) Old Homosassa

10) Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park

11) Yulee Sugar Mill

12) Fort Cooper State Park

13) Whispering Pines Park

14) Old Citrus County Courthouse

15) Flying Eagle Ranch

16) Orange Avenue in Floral Park

17) Floral Park

18) Hernando Beach Park

19) Withlacoochee State Forest

MUSEUMS

4) Crystal River State Archaeological Site is home to burial, temple and midden mounds built between 200 B.C. through 1400 A.D. Visitors center and trails leading to the mounds. Admission is $2 per vehicle. Take U.S. 19 north of Crystal River, turn west on State Park Road and follow signs to park entrance. Call (904) 795-3817.

5) Museum of Citrus County branch has displays of county history. Hours: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tues.-Sat. In former City Hall building at 532 Citrus Ave. (west of U.S. 19), Crystal River. Call (904) 795-1755.

6) Power Place has hands-on displays of electricity and nuclear power. Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Take U.S. 19 north of Crystal River, turn west on Power Line Road and follow four miles to site administration building of Florida Power Corporation complex. Admission: free. Call (904) 563-4490.

14) Old Citrus County Courthouse at One Courthouse Square, Inverness, was built in 1913. Museum of Citrus County branch hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Call (904) 637-9928.

RECREATION

1) Kings Bay in Crystal River, with its crystal-clear, spring-fed waters, is a popular spot for scuba diving, snorkeling and boating. Manatees congregate in the bay in greatest numbers between October and March. Several boat ramps west of U.S. 19. Dive shops and marinas rent boats and diving and snorkeling gear and give scuba diving lessons.

2) Hunter's Spring Park, Crystal River, has a small beach with a roped-off swimming and snorkeling area on Kings Bay. Picnic and volleyball area. Parking: $2 weekends and holidays from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Take U.S. 19 to Citrus Avenue, go west to end, turn left on NE Third Street, go one block and turn right onto NE First Ave. Park is on the right.

3) Fort Island Gulf Beach is the county's only sandy beach on the Gulf of Mexico. Parking lot, covered picnic tables, volleyball area, boat ramp. At the end of County Road 44 W, about 10 miles from U.S. 19 intersection.

7) Bicentennial Park is a county facility with a swimming pool, softball, tennis, a multipurpose field, basketball, racquetball, volleyball, a nature trail, picnic area, playground. East of U.S. 19 at Lindbergh Terrace near the Crystal River Airport.

8) Ozello Trail (County Road 494) winds for eight miles through scenic sawgrass marshes. Ozello features art galleries and restaurants. Boat ramp. Picnic areas.

9) Old Homosassa is an old fishing village lined with art galleries, antique shops and seafood restaurants overlooking the Chassahowitzka River. Campgrounds, boat ramp, boat rentals. From U.S. 19, turn west on Yulee Drive and follow to end.

12) Fort Cooper State Park, Inverness, is a 704-acre park with picnic areas, primitive camping for groups, a nature trail, and fishing, swimming and canoeing in Lake Holathlikaha. Site of a former frontier fort used in 1836 during the Second Seminole War. Admission is $3.25 per vehicle. East of U.S. 41 on Old Floral City Road S.

13) Whispering Pines Park, Inverness, is a city park with a swimming pool, softball, baseball tennis, racquetball, basketball, multipurpose field, jogging trails, playground and picnic area. Fee for swimming and tennis. On Forest Drive, north of State Road 44 at the western city limits.

15) Flying Eagle Ranch, Inverness, is a preserve owned by the Southwest Florida Water Management District. Hiking and horseback riding. Take Eden Drive east off of U.S. 41 to end.

17) Floral Park is a county park with racquetball, shuffleboard, horseshoes, soccer, softball, basketball, volleyball, picnic area, playground, exercise trail. South of Orange Avenue on U.S. 41, turn east on Floral Park Drive, Floral City.

18) Hernando Beach Park has lake swimming, picnic area, shuffleboard, playground, docks, boat ramps, fishing pier. East of U.S. 41 at Orange Drive.

19) Withlacoochee State Forest is 41,000 acres in south-central Citrus County and has horseback riding, hiking trails and hunting.

SIGHTSEEING

10) Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park, formerly Nature World, has manatees, alligators, snakes, birds and other Florida wildlife. Educational programs. Boat tours. Parking lot. Admission: $6.95, $3.95 children ages 3-12, $16.50 season pass, $11.50 children's season pass. From U.S. 19, turn west on W Halls River Road and then left on Fishbowl Drive, Homosassa. Call (904) 628-2311.

11) Yulee Sugar Mill, ruins of a former sugar cane mill, are on Yulee Drive on the way to old Homosassa.

16) Orange Avenue in Floral City is lined with a canopy of moss-draped live oak trees.

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