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Manatee Adventure, Airboat, Lunch, Wildlife Park with Transport

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The Real Florida Manatee Adventure

From $150.00

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up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 12 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Explore the manatee capital of the world – Crystal river by boat, followed by an amazing airboat adventure! Discover Florida’s lush scenery and unique wildlife on this immersive, full-day tour. First, head to the Crystal River area of the Gulf Coast—one of the only places in the U.S. where it’s legal to swim and snorkel with manatees. If you select the full tour (operating Monday, Wednesday and Friday) then after your Manatee swim, you will encounter other local wildlife, including alligators, flamingos and more at Homosassa Springs State Park. Finally, cap off your day with an airboat tour of the Withlacoochee River.
  • Get up close and personal with Florida manatees on a snorkel trip
  • See wildlife at Homosassa Springs State Park (if option selected)
  • Enjoy a thrilling airboat ride on the Withlacoochee River (if option selected)
  • Round-trip transit from Orlando, lunch and tickets all included

What's Included

  • Boat tour of Kings Bay and Crystal River
  • Admission into Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park (Included Only with Full Day Option)
  • Airboat ride on the Withlacoochee River (Included Only with Full Day Option)
  • Lunch
  • Roundtrip Transportation from International Drive, Disney and Kissimmee
  • Professional and Certified Tour Guide
  • Complimentary Mask and Snorkel
  • All taxes and fees
  • Mandatory $12 wetsuit rental fee for any swimmers
  • Gratuities
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned

Meeting And Pickup

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Start time

07:45 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Make your way to the designated meeting point closest to your accommodations. After meeting your group and getting an overview of your day, head out to the Crystal River area on the Gulf coast.

Gear up for your manatee snorkeling adventure with your provided snorkel equipment and your own wetsuit (rent before the boat’s departure). Learn all about the unique West Indian manatee then jump in the water to see them up close.

If you opt for the tour that departs on Monday, Wednesday or Friday - head to Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, home to wildlife including the endangered Florida panther, black bears, red wolves, bobcats. alligators, and flamingos. See Nature’s Fish Bowl, an underwater observatory, and learn about the park’s own manatee rehabilitation program. Lunch is included here.

Finally, conclude your day with an exciting airboat ride on the Withlacoochee River where you can see more wildlife in its natural habitat (Included in the full tour only).

Your tour concludes back at the meeting point.

Crystal River

3 hours Admission Ticket Free

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Withlacoochee River

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 55 travelers
Operated by Real Florida Adventures

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Catherine_O
The bus ride was nice. Ricky put on a movie and we ate our box breakfast. We started with the manatee adventure. The whole process was fairly simple for a novice. Our Captain Casey was helpful and knowledgeable. Tonya our guide was great. On to the park. Box lunch on the bus. The food was good. I enjoyed walking through the park. Then to the air boat ride. This was a blast. Enjoyed the whole day. Thank you all.

Reviews

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We had a good time
Debbie_R, Feb 2024
This tour would’ve been great if there weren’t so many other tour boats there at the same time. So I asked what would be the best time to not encounter this situation. It was very hard not to run into other people, snorkeling around you. The tour guide and captain of the boat were great, but beware bring your own snorkel equipment if you have it because I think I got the mustache snorkel mask because I kept getting water up my nose and had to hold it the whole time I was snorkeling. The Manatee‘s were beautiful. The boat ride was also, beautiful. The state park was an interesting break and the animals especially the birds were fantastic. Our driver, tour guide. Paul was wonderful and funny.
Interesting, fun, adventure
Rhonda_P, Feb 2024
Our guides were all amazing. Dave our driver gave us lots of information. Steve and Amanda were very fun and got us to the most manatees. I would recommend them for sure.
Would recommend
Andrew_D, Feb 2024
The trip was great! Got to see lots and experience something new. Many down time driving but that is okay as they put a movie on.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you for the ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review and Recommendation! We are happy to hear you tried something new in the area. It's wonderful being able to sit back and watch a movie, I'm guessing Shrek and enjoy the ride. We appreciate you and look forward to seeing you in the future on another Tour! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🦩
Bucket List Excursion
Taylor_W, Feb 2024
Absolutely incredible bucket list moment!! Fun trip from start to finish. We saw and swam amongst around a dozen manatees. Saw many more from the boat and at Homosassa park. The airboat ride was a fun way to end the day and even though the weather was rainy, we still saw 4 gators and many types of birds. I would recommend this experience to anyone and everyone!
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you for your great ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review and Recommendation! We are so happy to hear you saw many manatee and even when mother nature isn't on our side, it's still an amazing experience. Much Appreciation and we will see you again on another Tour. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🦩🦩
Great trip
Emma_V, Jan 2024
We had brad as a tour guide. He was great would recommend the company and this tour to anyone coming to orlando.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Thank you for the great ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review and Recommendation! Brad is great and always takes care of his guest! We are happy to hear you enjoyed the day. The Manatee's are pretty magical. We appreciate you and look forward to seeing you in the future on another Tour! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🦩
Fantastic day out
Alison_M, Jan 2024
We booked two trips with viator while we were in Florida - this was by far the best. We had a fantastic day out with Dave, a very knowledgeable and helpful guide getting us from A to B. It was a jammed pack day of memory making. Swimming with the manatees was fantastic. Luke and Matt were brilliant hosts for this part of the day - they clearly love their jobs and went out of their way to make sure everyone had a great time. The park visit was quite quick but long enough to see everything in the park and be inspired by the great work that is done there rehabilitating and looking after the injured animals. The airboat ride was a good way to end the day, we spotted lots of gators including some baby ones on the bank and then our guide gave us a speedy and exhilarating return to the jetty. Definitely a day to remember for us both and our 14 year old son.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Thank you for the great ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review! Dave is great and always makes sure everyone has a great day and keeping us on track. Luke and Matt are equally awesome and love showing everyone the Manatee. We have an amazing Team of Tour Guides that we are proud of and appreciate that they are on our team daily. We are happy to hear you are making those memories and we are a part of it! We appreciate you and look forward to seeing you in the future on another Tour! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🦩
A manatee day of leisure
Trisha_K, Jan 2024
Viator handled ALLLLL the big stuff. Pick up and drop off was super easy. They also provided lunch. The cool temperatures and warm crystal clear Florida springs supplied the manatees for the day. We saw and were within hands reach over 25 manatee.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Thank you for the great ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review! We love to pack a full day into our Manatee Adventure and are happy to hear you enjoyed it all. We appreciate you and look forward to seeing you in the future on another Tour! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🦩 Real Florida Adventures
A wonderful experience in real Florida
Chunnan_D, Jan 2024
It was wonderful. Everything is perfect. Our driver Dave is great. He has a lot of knowledge of manatee and other animals, and has a lot of jokes. The arrangement is great.first we swim with the manatee, Several manatees swim under me, the most close one is just 20cm, and I meet them face by face twice, It is an unbelievable experience. Such a huge animal swim with me, we are so close. Also the air boat is great. You can image fly on the water with several turns. Every adventure is great . And I am happy to choose this tour.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Thank you for the awesome ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review! Dave is a Rock Star with his unending energy and vast knowledge of all things Florida. We are thrilled to hear the stories of Manatee coming right up to people and checking them out. They really are gentle giants. We appreciate you and look forward to seeing you in the future on another Tour! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🦩
Fantastic experience
Elaine_E, Dec 2023
Met by the friendly Dave, for an on time start to our day, which only got better, for both the kids and adults in our party. We scored the day 10/10!!
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Thank you for the awesome ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review! Dave is a Rock Star with his unending energy and vast knowledge of all things Florida. The Manatee Adventure is a Tour that any and everyone can enjoy. We are so glad you had a great time, is why we offer this amazing Tour. We LOVE 10/10!! We appreciate you and look forward to seeing you in the future on another Tour! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🦩
Everyone was very nice...
melanie_a, Dec 2023
Everyone was very nice only saw one manatee in the water and it was because the rescue was going on and it was too foggy but it was a wonderful time and we had the best group of people with us possible
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Thank you for your ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review! We have a great team, even if there are not many Manatee, we do all we can to make it a great Adventure! We appreciate you and Look forward to seeing you again on another Tour! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🦩
The guides were really...
Karen_P, Dec 2023
The guides were really friendly and knowledgeable and really helped you get the most out of your experience. Swimming with the manatees was magical
Response from Host, Dec 2023
Thank you for the ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review! The guides take so much joy in telling everyone about the locations we go. They are pretty great! We appreciate you and look forward to seeing you in the future on another Tour! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🦩
Great trip- bring water and snacks!
anarebe188, Nov 2023
Solid day trip - guides are very sweet and the manatee was very cute! I would bring snacks and water since that is not provided. It’s a long trip and guides were not very accommodating in that regard. Other than that - it was great!
Response from Host, Nov 2023
Thank you for your Review! I'm sorry to hear you didn't get a chance to get additional snacks and water. Each of the three stops has water available for $1.50 each and the State Park has a snack bar with drinks and snacks. The provided lunch is a sub, chips, cookie and bottle of water. We are glad to hear you found the Tour to be a solid day trip and the guides sweet. We look forward to another Tour with you! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🦩
Great experiences!
Brian_V, Nov 2023
Brooklyn and Gary made this new experience approachable and most enjoyable. My favorite part was floating RIGHT NEXT TO a manatee.
Great experience!
Nathalie_H, Nov 2023
We loved the manatee experience being so close to them! The staff were really nice and knowledgeable! The zoo was really nice as well and it was cool to happen to be there at feeding time of the different birds. The boat ride was in a beautiful place (I just wish it had been longer and more energetic). The captain was really nice and knowledgeable and historically interesting! We saw some gators and one was a big one! Our driver was excellent and really made sure that things rolled smoothly and guided us at each stop. Entertainment was provided and he had some really cool stories to tell. Great overall experience!
Great Day
Colin_R, Nov 2023
The Manatee swim was amazing with good interaction & sightings. The wildlife park was good with all native animals that had become unable to survive in the wild due to accidents etc. Wild Bills Airboat ride down the river was also excellent seeing plenty of wildlife & Alligators. I would give this trip a 10 out of 10, & would definitely do it again.
Response from Host, Nov 2023
WOWZA! Thank you for the Great and informative ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review and Recommendation! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed the Manatee Tour. It's great to hear you had good interaction and sightings. We appreciate you and look forward to seeing you in the future on another Tour! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🦩
The best way to experience Florida!
Elin_S, Oct 2023
This was an amazing day! I loved everything about it. Our guide for the day, Ricky, was wonderful. He expertly navigated us to all the locations, sharing interesting information along the way, set out our tasty lunches, and created a relaxing and efficient atmosphere. Swimming with manatees was incredible. Luke and the crew who took us out on the bay were fun and engaging. The manatees are huge but so gentle - what a cool way to connect with such a majestic creature. The Wildlife Park was a nice walk through gorgeous jungle with incredible local animals, including the Florida panther and the world's second oldest hippo. The perfect way to end an epic day was the super fun airboat ride. I've wanted to do this forever and it did not disappoint. Captain Steve pointed out alligators and shared information along the way. There was even a baby alligator at the airboat gift shop! This tour is everything you want to see in Florida!
Response from Host, Nov 2023
WOWZA! Thank you for the Great and informative ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review and Recommendation! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed the Manatee Tour. It sounds like a perfect Tour! We appreciate you and look forward to seeing you in the future on another Tour! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🦩
Awlful
Louise_P, Sep 2023
Please do not use this company choose the other which offers the same package they are very un helpful it's all about making money not the happiness of the person doing the experience
Manatee and Airboat Adventure!
Casey_R, Sep 2023
Swimming and snorkeling with the Manatees was super fun! We did come right after a hurricane so the water was pretty murky, bet even so it was still very cool! All of they guides were very friendly and helpful! The last thing we did was the airboat ride and they upgraded us for free for a longer ride! All in all it was a very fun experience!
Perfect bucket list experience
Cara_S, Aug 2023
My favourite thing to do when visiting Orlando outside of the parks etc. Been on this tour twice and absolutely loved it both times!! Will go again for sure. Bucket list experience.
Fantastic unique experience !
Alexandru_B, Jul 2023
Everybody in this tour is super friendly and knowledgeable. I strongly recommend this unique experience where u can float and swim near manatees. And visit zoo and also the airboat in the wild river is speechless.
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