Our Guide to Florida Adventure Tour – Swim with Manatees
The Manatee, or 'Sea Cow', is one of the gentle giants of the sea and to swim with these delightful, slow-swimming creatures is a guaranteed unforgettable life experience! Enjoy a relaxing narrated boat ride along the Crystal River into the heart of Manatee country before dropping anchor and climbing into the water with these amazing creatures. Mask, snorkel, and fins are included, but wet suits are not included. (they are available for hire if required).
Following your quality time with the Manatees of the Crystal River, enjoy a riverside picnic-style lunch and then head to Homosassa State Park, renowned for its rare and endangered species including Manatees, bears, panthers, alligators and even a hippo. The day ends with a thrilling airboat ride.
It’s a perfect day out for the entire family and a great way to see what the real Florida is really all about!
The tour lasts around 10 hours in total and transfer time to the Crystal River is around 2 hours. The tour picks up from various central locations in Orlando between 7.30am and 8.25am. You will need to make your way to the nearest pick-up point which will be detailed on your ticket voucher. The service is designed to save you sitting on a coach that picks up from every hotel in Orlando.
The manatees in Crystal River are wild animals and, as such, we are unable to guarantee interaction. However, the expert Coast Guard-certified boat captains will do everything they can to make this happen. Due to the water temperature and abundance of food, there is a population of around 80 Manatees that live in the Crystal River year round. Numbers increase over the winter to around 300. The peak viewing season is October to March.
The Crystal River is the only location in the entire USA that you are LEGALLY allowed to have interaction with manatees in the wild.
Florida Adventure Tour Pick-up Locations and Timings (subject to change)
|Maingate Lakeside Resort - 7769 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee
|Lake Buena Vista Resort and Spa (Shuttle) - 8113 Resort Village Dr, Orlando, FL 32821
|Swan Hotel at Disney (Shuttle) - 1200 Epcot resort Blvd, Bay Lake, Fl, 32830 (Main Bus Stop)
|Firehouse Sub at Crossroads - 12515 State Rd. 535 Ste 515 Orlando, FL 32836
|Universal Resort Bus Loop - Bus Space #71- 5855 Universal Blvd, Orlando, Fl 32819
|Rosen Inn international - 7600 International Dr, Orlando, Fl 32819
|I-Drive 360 - 8401 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819
|Pointe - 9101 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819
Shuttle pick-up locations generally require a change of vehicle before travelling to Crystal River