Nestled in the heart of Florida’s most beautiful rivers rests Plantation Resort on Crystal River, a laid-back, elegant resort for all types of travelers. We recently ventured to this tropical oasis for a weekend of experiences, entertainment, and family rejuvenation.
Many characteristics of this Old Florida gem set it apart from others and there’s a reason guests are eager to visit again. Plantation Resort on Crystal River is like no other; but here’s why we loved it most:
With a pristine 18-hole golf course surrounding the premises and full-service spa, adults can unwind in ways that fit their lifestyle. Our pre-teen loved playing with the life size chess and checkers right near the lagoon-style pool. The hotel staff went above and beyond engaging with guests and bringing the kids new pool toys. The true feeling of vacation settled in as we listened to live music near the tiki bar, watched the sunset over the river and the kids swam until dark. As we explored the property, kindness continued to pour out from staff. Don’t leave without a meal at West 82, a seafood inspired restaurant with the most enjoyable nightly live music! We danced, sang and decorated pictures to be hung up in the lounge. There’s also beach volleyball, pickleball, a fitness center, boat ramp, shuffleboard, nature trails and a Starbucks on site!
Accommodations & Location
Plantation on Crystal River accommodations include family friendly rooms that comfortably fit groups of all sizes. Offering 196 rooms with 11 Junior Suites and 12 Golf Villas, our party of six had plenty of space to unwind, had exquisite housekeeping service and truly felt at home. The rooms were clean with everything needed to make our visit comfortable.
Whether you travel on river by kayak or boat, Crystal Springs, Hunter Springs, and more rivers are just a scenic float away. Birds, manatees, fish, and more were spotted during our adventure! As a parent, I enjoyed the tranquility of the area. In a fast-paced world, everything seemed to slow down at Plantation Resort on Crystal River.
The Adventure Center
On location and within a beautiful stroll from each hotel room, The Adventure Center rents out kayaks, paddleboards and pontoon boats. They also offer Fishing Charters, Scalloping Tours, Diving, Scenic Tours and our bucket list favorite; Swimming with Manatees! The experience to snorkel among “seacows” and witness them in their habitat was a moment that will last a lifetime. Christian and Shelle, our tour guides, provided southern hospitality, an educational experience and guided us through interaction and connecting with the incredible mammals. Shelle captured the morning perfectly with an underwater camera so we could be in the moment, which was refreshing as a parent. We ended the tour boat jumping into the springs and never felt cold due to the wetsuits and gear included in the tour. To top it off, there’s complimentary coffee, hot chocolate and water for the cruise back to the resort. If staying dry is preferred, a Scenic Tour is a great way to learn about the surrounding town, take in the charm and learn about the local wildlife. Tons of manatees were seen from the boat as they’d swim right up to us!
Tips & Facts
- Make reservations with the Adventure Center as early as possible. Kayaks and boats get checked out early each morning.
- Bring cash on any tours for tips. The staff loves what they do and it shines through their knowledge and assistance to always provide the best experience!
- Plantation Resort on Crystal River also hosts memorable riverside or ballroom weddings. More information about their packages here.
- Everything can be easily charged to the room, including the gift shop!
For a vacation that provides more connection, distance from the real world, and a home away from home, Plantation Resort on Crystal River is a budget friendly and magical way to spend the weekend together.