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Spend a day with central Florida’s manatees on this guided cruise and Everglades airboat adventure. Begin with a 1.5-hour boat ride on the Crystal River, home of the manatee. Swim and snorkel with these gentle giants, then enjoy an exciting airboat tour on the Homosassa River. Visit Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, one of the best places in the state to watch manatees, as well as other animals, like bears, panthers and alligators. Breakfast and a picnic lunch, plus an Orlando-area hotel pickup and drop-off included.

Highlights

  • 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! Bring your own wetsuit if you can. You may spot even more manatees in season on the 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

The day of sightseeing begins with an all-you-can-eat breakfast in Orlando. Then meet the guide and the rest of the tour group on a pickup from select locations. From Orlando, it’s approximately 1.5 hours to Crystal River, the gem of Florida's beautiful Nature Coast known as the ‘home of the manatees.’ More specifically, it’s home to one of the world's largest populations of endangered West Indian manatees.
Out on the water with the provided equipment, take an optional swim or snorkel with these gentle giants alongside certified dive masters. Learn more about this harmless mammal and why it’s under threat due to a loss of habitat.
After the cruise, enjoy a picnic-style lunch overlooking the manatee sanctuary at the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge.
The adventure continues in the afternoon with a 45-minute airboat tour along the Homosassa River. Keep an eye out for manatees, dolphins and a variety of other wildlife. Finally, visit Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, one of the best places in the state to view manatees. Witness an entertaining and educational feeding session with a park ranger, then look for bears, panthers, alligators or even a hippo while exploring the rest of the park.
The tour ends with a return trip to Orlando and hotel drop-off.

Customer Reviews

Linda B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Would have to say the most wonderful experiences ever. We had a great Captain, Brian and guide Shelly were both welcoming, fun and informative. We saw approx 6 Manatees and 1 baby calf. Three of them interacted a lot with us as they are very curious creatures. There are obviously some rules you have to obey to protect the animals which was fine. We just floated there on pool noodles and the manatees came up to us to check us out. One nibbling on a girls hair and nuzzling her. I got some great underwater footage of them playing with us. Such gentle giants. Would highly recommend this tour even if you are not a great swimmer. 10 / 10.

Clifford M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Brilliant tour. Great knowledgeable staff. Well worth the money

Tamara S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was the best time ever! J Low well she is very informative, and helped with my daughters class assignment. We had close up encounters with the manatees. The captain took extra time with my 6 year old to help her get right up to the manatees. I highly recommend this tour.

Meagan T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was a great tour, and a great way to see the everglades and rivers of Florida. All of the tour operators were great, and Madeline was fantastic and very helpful.

lynn c

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

amazing. had a really good view of mum and calf. the guys on the boat are so helpful and make you feel so relaxed. wonderful time

Alicen Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Marvellous Tour. Great to swim with the manatees, nice zoo and great fun on the jetboat. Lunch was tasty. Only thing I really didn't need was the breakfast. It was good, but we had that provided at our hotel and it made for a late start to the day.
Madeleine was a super guide and driver throughout the trip - very knowledgeaqble and personable.

ednalang

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This tour was one of the best tours I have ever taken . The price was great , staff very pleasant and informative. Keep up the good work .
Edna Lang

Jean G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

We loved swimming with manatees and the park stop was great also. The driver was nice and informative. By the time of the airboat ride it was cold and the guide told us little of interest.

VIRGINIA S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great experience!!! Swimming with Manatees was the best thing I did in my trip to Florida. These animals are awesome, loving and funny. We swam with a baby Manatee and his mum and it was a really opportunity to know about them, but it was too short! The airboat ride was great too. Breakfast and lunch were tasty. Highly recommended.

Elaine W

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.

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