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Get to know central Florida’s endangered manatees on this guided, 3-hour tour and boat cruise. Swim and snorkel with these gentle giants at the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, located in King’s Bay in the town of Crystal River — well known as the home of the manatee. Photos above and below the water will be taken throughout the tour and can be purchased afterward, if desired. Use of a mask, snorkel gear and wet suit, plus fees and beverages are included.


  • See Florida wildlife in their natural environment
  • Take a cruise along the Crystal River, home of the manatee
  • Swim and snorkel with gentle manatees in their natural environment
  • Fun for the entire family

What You Can Expect

Crystal River Manatee Swim

Crystal River Manatee Swim

Customer Reviews

kerry m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

I was impressed. The staff was friendly and helpful. My daughter and I promised to do this again this winter break. I felt safe every moment. Worth every penny and a healthy tip. See you in December!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We had a wonderful tour and tried really hard to follow the rules.Our boat captain was awesome and so very knowledgeable abot anything you could want to know about these docile mammals.Also the man that swam with us the whole time made sure we all got to get to see the manatees as the visibility wasn't great that day.He also was very knowledgeable and captured some good pictures of our awesome adventure.Loved it and praying the hurricane doesn't disrupt or hurt these lovely animals!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Boat captain and guide were wonderful--very approachable, helpful and informative. Office staff were warm and friendly and kindly returned my phone calls since we were wondering if the storm would have changed our scheduled times. Informational video and educational center gave lots of interesting facts and made us fall in love with the gentle manatees.

Stanley J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Our whole family had a blast! I was at first worried, because being summertime we were told there are not as many manatees around but ensured us we'd definitely spend time with some them and we did! We swam with at least half a dozen manatees. incredible - we were swimming along with mama manatee and two of her babies - just beautiful! They are sweet gentle giants! Definitely will be doing this again. Everyone at Crystal Rivers was great. Our boat captains Christian and Dave gave us alot of information about manatees and gave us a generous amount of time with the manatees.

Camille L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We spent 10 days in Florida, going to all the major attractions, and thisexperiance was the highlight of our trip. The crew that took our family out on the water were amazing and so much fun! I would, and have, recommended this to anyone planning a trip to Florida. Worth every penny!

Jana A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great tour - saw manatees even though it was not the best time of year for looking. Good guides too.

Gavin d

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Terrific tour. Our Captain and tour guide were both very knowledgeable, spotted a lot of Manatee's and guided us to these magnificent animals in the water. The equipment was new, clean and in good condition. This was a highlight of our family trip to Florida. I highly recommend this trip and company to anyone.

Cynthia A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

So much fun!. We saw 6 manatees, one a huge pregnant female. Captain Casey and Gloria were great in helping children and adults alike. They found the manatees, answered lots of questions. Gloria led the group while we were in the water.

Kelly O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Amazing trip out to swim with the manatees. Take the early morning boat - it's much less crowded. My 8 yr old daughter got scared and came back on the boat. These animals are large! Everyone else in the family had an amazing time and we still got some great views from the boat anyway.

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