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  • Location:Orlando, Florida
  • Duration:12 hours (approx.)

Swim with Manatees at Crystal River plus Everglades Airboat Adventure

On this tour from Orlando, take a narrated boat cruise on the Crystal River to snorkel and swim with manatees -- the gentle giants of the Florida Everglades. Then, take an exhilarating airboat tour on the Homosassa River and visit Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park to watch a manatee-feeding session and see other animals including bears, panthers and alligators. You'll enjoy a day out on the water getting to know Florida's local wildlife. Breakfast and lunch are included.


  • Wildlife adventure to the Crystal River and Homosassa River from Orlando
  • Swim with manatees on your 1.5-hour narrated boat cruise along the Crystal River
  • Enjoy a thrilling Everglades airboat tour on the Homosassa River
  • Visit Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park to watch a manatee-feeding session and see bears, panthers and alligators
  • All-you-can-eat breakfast and picnic lunch included

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Swimming with manatees is an amazing experience -- kids love these gentle giants! I recommend bringing your own wetsuit if you can. And you may spot even more manatees in season on the thrilling airboat ride -- sit near the front if you want to get a little wet!

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What You Can Expect

Swim with Manatees at Crystal River plus Everglades Airboat Adventure

Swim with Manatees at Crystal River

Your day starts in Orlando with an all-you-can-eat breakfast. Then, it's off to join a team of manatee experts for a narrated boat cruise on the picturesque Crystal River, home to one of the world's largest populations of endangered West Indian manatees. You'll learn how this large, harmless aquatic mammal is under threat due to loss of habitat.

With your provided mask and snorkel, you are encouraged to go for a swim and snorkel with the manatees while under the guidance of certified dive masters!

After your cruise, enjoy a picnic-style lunch overlooking this beautiful sanctuary. Your adventure continues in the afternoon with an exhilarating 45-minute airboat tour on the Homosassa River. During your airboat ride, keep your eyes peeled for manatees and dolphins, as well as a host of other wildlife.

To end your day, you'll visit Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, famous throughout Florida for its efforts in rehabilitating injured animals. You'll see more manatees during an informative and entertaining feeding session with a park ranger. You can also see bears, panthers, alligators and even a hippo as you explore the rest of the park. Afterward, you'll be taken back to Orlando.

Please note: Manatee season is from October to March. Sightings are very common, however as the animals are wild, no guarantee can be made.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

A great tour! Well organized and we got exactly what was promised. Madeline, our guide, was awesome. The entire trip was a success and something I would recommend to anyone. Would have liked more time on the airboat though.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

great tour! the snorkeling was a very unique experience and we saw a lot of wildlife. The breakfast was great and the tour guide Madeleine was amazing. Totally worth the money!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This was worth every penny! We got to see the manitees up close and personal, the sanctuary was beautiful and the boat ride was exhilarating! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor, which made the time in the bus go fast. Make sure to get the wetsuits!

I'd highly recommend this tour for anyone-I know we'll be doing it again the next time we're in Florida!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We had a great time.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Why this is a great deal...

Reviewed May 16, 2015
Swimming with the manatees is a cool experience and everyone's trip will be different because of the natural environment, but Captain Jesse was great at locating them. About 60 manatees live in the springs year round, so we saw several with babies even in May. We were instructed not to touch them. The trip included an all you can eat breakfast at Ponderosa Steakhouse 6.99, the guided snorkel tour with gear on line from 35 to 55, admission to Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park 13, sack lunch 5, airboat ride and pictures holding baby alligator 40. Add to this the cost of transportation, including gas, it's a bargain! Our guide was Madeline she was fun and gave us a lot of history of the area and Florida. We also watched movies going down and coming back which made time fly.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Best Day of our Vacation!!! The tour guide was great...Caption Jessie at Crystal River was awesome....the Manatees were just amazon...the state park zoo was lots of fun...and the air boat ride at Wild Bills was a blast...I would totally recommend this day trip!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

The guide for the manatees was excellent, we got close up to several. The springs were beautiful, a very peaceful place. The airboat ride was lots of fun- we saw alligators and other wildlife and enjoyed flying across the water. All in all, one of the best ways to see another side of Florida.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

Best tour ever! Fantastic combination and great customer service from every team! Amazing value too, really couldn't be better!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

Everything was wonderful´╝ü

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

The entire experience, slight injury included, was fantastic. Never imagined in a million years that we would ever be able to swim with the manatees.

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