The Real Florida Manatee Adventure

Crystal River, Florida

Excellent from 1 reviews
100% of guests recommend


12 hours

Tour Type

Boat Tours

Group Size

14 persons




You’ve come all the way to Florida, so it makes sense to actually see as much of it as possible, and no other tour provides such a wide-ranging, in-depth experience as our carefully crafted Real Florida Adventure.
This action-packed day starts with an inclusive breakfast and a full overview of what’s in store as we head out to the beautiful Crystal River area on the Gulf coast, 80 miles north-west of Orlando. This is the Manatee Capital of the World, and the only place in America where it is legal to swim with manatees.
It is also home to stunning natural springs and lots of wildlife, and you’ll get to meet an essential part of it as we gear up for the signature Manatee Snorkel under the supervision of a Coast Guard Certified Captain *. You will learn all about the unique West Indian manatee – and then get to see some of them, up close and personal in the crystal-clear waters!
Then we head off to 210-acre Homosassa Springs State Park, a genuine hidden gem of Florida nature, where there is plentiful local wildlife to see and hear about, including the endangered Florida panther, black bears, red wolves, bobcats and alligators, as well as a profusion of birdlife, notably whooping cranes and flamingos.
Also here is the unique sight of Nature’s Fish Bowl, an underwater observatory built over the mouth of the main spring where a huge number of fish hang out, while the Park has its own manatee rehabilitation program to provide another exciting glimpse of these rare sea mammals. Lunch is included, here, too.
Finally, the day will conclude with an exciting airboat ride on the Withlacoochee River, another natural haven where you can see more wildlife in its natural habitat and enjoy the thrill of skimming the water at up to 45mph in these exhilarating, flat-bottomed craft.
* NB: any person wishing to do the manatee swim must hire a wetsuit prior to boat departure. Snorkel equipment is provided free.


Packed Breakfast & Lunch
Boat tour of Kings Bay and Crystal River
Swim with the Manatees
Admission into Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
A wild airboat ride on the Withlacoochee River
Roundtrip Transportation from International Drive, Disney and Kissimmee areas
Professional, Certified and Licensed Tour Guide
Complimentary Mask and Snorkel
Mandatory $10 wetsuit rental fee for any swimmers


Family Friendly


National Park & Natural Reserve


Live Tour Guide
Gift Shop
Transportation Included

Covid Safety

Limited Capacity
Mask Required
Timed Tour


Nature & Wildlife
Educational & Historic
Adrenaline & Thrill
Food & Beverage
Cruising & Sailing
Camping & Eco-Tourism



Booking Perks

Instant Reservation
Contactless e-Tixs
Live Availability
No Booking Fee
e-Gift Card


Important info!
We strongly recommend that you arrive to your pickup location 15-20 minutes prior to your scheduled time. The bus will depart on time with no exceptions. All tours follow a timeline to ensure you make the most of your time with us. No refunds will be issued if you miss the pickup.
What to bring?
Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Camera’s, Swimsuits, Towels, Insect Repellent, Proof of Confirmation
Pick up times & Schedule
Margaritaville Resort at 7:15am (Banquet and Event Entrance) 8000 Fins Up Circle, Kissimmee FL 34747 Uno’s Pizzeria & Grill at 7:30am 12553 FL-535, Orlando, FL 32836 Icon Park at 8am 8375 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819
Health & Safety
All passengers are subject to temperature check and screening questions prior to boarding the tour vehicle for the day. All passengers and staff are required to wear a mask while traveling on vehicle.
Cancelation Policy?
Customers will receive a full refund or credit with 24 hours notice of cancellation. Customers will also receive a full refund or credit in case of operator cancellation due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Contact us by phone to cancel or inquire about a cancellation. No-shows will be charged the full price.

Tour Location

Crystal River, Florida


Based on 1 review
Very Good

Tamica Johnson

08/09/2021 21:13

So Cute!!

the manatees are so adorable, I loved this tour so much and getting to swim with this adorable creatures was a once in a lifetime experience. I'm doing it again
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