Hungry in Crystal River, FL

3 Great Options – On and Off the Water

Weeks, maybe even months ago, you excitedly planned your trip to the beautiful clear waterways of Crystal River, Florida. Your inspiration? Maybe, just maybe it was that adorable Instagram post or Pinterest pin of a lovable manatee, intrigued by an underwater camera. And when you dug a little deeper and found this wonderful place was the only one to allow you to swim with these gentle and affectionate “sea cows,” you scheduled your flights, booked your hotel and marked your calendar!

Finally, the day arrived and there you were snorkeling with these wonderful new floating friends. The water was just as beautiful as you’d hoped for in your vacation musings. Your guides were fun and informative, and you learned more about the nature coast than you had imagined possible and you’re … what is that… other than then heart full of warm new memories…

Yup! You’re hungry from all that swimming!

Why not check out one these 3 tasty options?

Kelly’s Half Shell Pub

One of our favorite local spots for great food, drinks and live music (check schedule for dates). The staff here are super friendly and welcoming. If you’re a fan of oysters, this is a can’t miss. Their delicious fresh gulf oysters come raw or cooked (Buffalo, Chargrilled, Kilpatrick, Rockefeller, Black & Blue)

Seafood Seller & Cafe

Another local favorite, this place has some of the best seafood and eats in town. Just as you’ll find most everywhere you go here in Crystal River; the staff is warm and welcoming. Everything on the menu in this Cajun inspired joint is delicious and the plates are served full! So, bring a Cajun sized appetite!

Not ready to step away from that water view just yet? Stop by…

Cracker’s Bar, Grill & Tiki

Just across King’s Bay from historic Pete’s Pier, Cracker’s is an ideal destination for anyone interested in succulent seafood and a nautical atmosphere. With 30+ years of excellent service and a never-ending happy hour, you can’t go wrong.

Now, your bellies are full, you’ve had a cocktail or two, and you think, “an amazing sunset would be the perfect cap to this day.” Look no further than across the bay (if you happen to be sitting at Cracker’s).

Wild Coast Charters at Pete’s Pier has the sunset cruise you’re looking for. Relax aboard our 26’ JC Tri-hull pontoon boat After Five and watch a legendary sunset as the sun glistens and gently settles into the water, while the talented Jeremy Harrison entertains with an acoustic guitar set that has a little something for everyone. 

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