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Crystal River Small Group Swim with Manatee Tour

1. Crystal River Small Group Swim with Manatee Tour

Swim with manatees in the spring-fed King’s Bay Wildlife Refuge in Crystal River, home to the world’s largest population of the endangered creatures during the winter. Encounter these gentle giants in their natural habitat. Benefit from the services of a Coast Guard certified captain and in-water educator and photographer. Learn about the animals in a classroom-type setting and get tips to make the most of your day. Hear about passive interaction to make sure that the animals enjoy the experience just as much as you do! Then, suit up and board a covered pontoon boat to immerse yourself in the manatees' world. Be treated like royalty aboard the boat and see the wildlife refuge in style. Return to the facility at the end of your adventure and visit the one-of-a-kind gift shop! Hear about other local attractions and restaurants, and get answers to any questions you may have before you depart.

Orlando: Manatee Encounter, Snorkeling, and Airboat Ride

2. Orlando: Manatee Encounter, Snorkeling, and Airboat Ride

Enjoy breakfast as you head out to the beautiful Crystal River area to start your snorkeling adventure. Explore the river and admire unique wildlife in its natural habitat. Learn about the magnificent manatee and have the opportunity to see them up close. Next is a guided visit to the Homosassa Springs State Park. Discover local wildlife, including the endangered Florida panther, black bears, red wolves, bobcats, alligators, and more. Learn about the park’s manatee rehabilitation program and stop at an underwater observatory built over the mouth of a spring. Enjoy a packed lunch before heading to the Withlacoochee River, to end your day with an exciting airboat ride. This area is another natural haven, where you can see more local wildlife. Feel the thrill of skimming over the water with an exhilarating trip in a flat-bottomed boat.

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What people are saying about Crystal River

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 358 reviews

This excursion gets an A+!! All of the staff do everything in their power to be gracious, they are passionate about the manatees and the environment, and make sure every person in our 12 person party had a chance to see manatee. Even our smaller kids who were afraid!! The fan boat ride was also excellent!!! We will never forget this experience!

Hands down the best experience! The guides were professional, very friendly with a good sense of humor, well educated but did not bore you! They made sure each member of the group got to experience the manatees but in a way that was respectful to the wildlife. We also got very lucky and had a pair of dolphins swim close by the boat!

Emerson and Shanna were very friendly and engaging, that made the experience more enjoyable.

We had a great time with Ryan and Shelley we saw five manatees and some fish.

Captain Liz and Ryan were awesome, we found manatees right away