Water activity

Orlando: Manatees Swim, Snorkel and Boat Day Tour

4.6 / 5

27 reviews

Activity provider: City Sightseeing Orlando

Orlando: Manatees Swim, Snorkel and Boat Day Tour

Activity provider: City Sightseeing Orlando
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Likely to sell out

From US$ 149 per person

Ride a scenic boat tour on the Crystal River, home of the endangered Florida Manatee. Enjoy swimming and snorkeling with the playful manatees, and an airboat ride down the Withlacoochee River.

About this activity

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Duration 12 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup included
Maingate Lakeside Disney Swan Hotel Senor Frogs

Experience

Highlights
  • One-of-a-kind interaction with manatees
  • Enjoy the beautiful Florida atmosphere
  • Fly across the water on an airboat ride
  • A day tour free of predictable theme parks
Full description

Swim and snorkel with one of the sea's most gentle creatures, the endangered Florida manatee. Visit beautiful Homosassa State Wildlife Park, and take an exhilarating airboat ride.

Head to the picturesque Crystal River – home to the endangered “gentle giant of the sea,” the Florida manatee – where you can choose to snorkel or swim. Have a chance to interact with these beautiful creatures if you’re lucky.

Have some lunch, and then enjoy a fully-narrated airboat ride. Learn more about this southern state's wildlife from the knowledgeable tour guide.

Visit one of Florida’s best-kept secrets – Homosassa State Wildlife Park. Marvel at Florida’s natural beauty, and view a host of wildlife, including more manatees. 

Includes
  • Round-trip transportation from select Orlando hotels
  • 30 Minute airboat ride on the Withlacoochee River
  • Guided boat cruise and snorkeling in crystal river
  • Packed breakfast and sit down lunch at local restaurant
  • Gratuities
  • Mandatory wet suit rental ($15 to be paid on-site)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Important information

What to bring

  • Swimwear
  • Change of clothes
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen

Know before you go

  • Don't forget your cameras, swimwear, towels, sunscreen, and cash for any souvenirs, wet suit rental, drinks, and optional photo packages
  • Crystal River is lucky to have a group of approximately 80 manatees that stay all year round. During the colder months, an additional 300 more join them. The constant 72-degree (F) temperature of the spring-fed river and abundance of underwater plant life make it the perfect habitat for the manatees.
  • The manatees in Crystal River are wild animals and, as such, you are not guaranteed interaction. However, your expert tour guides will do everything they can to make this happen.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 27 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    4.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Safety
    4.7/5

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This excursion gets an A+!! All of the staff do everything in their power to be gracious, they are passionate about the manatees and the environment, and make sure every person in our 12 person party had a chance to see manatee. Even our smaller kids who were afraid!! The fan boat ride was also excellent!!! We will never forget this experience!

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April 28, 2022

This was the greatest!!! We were with Matt and Casey and they were so good to us. We got very lucky and got to see a mother and her calf. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. The air boat ride was a lot of fun… good to see alligators in their home environment. Be prepared to get wet!!!

June 29, 2021

Great experience to explore outside of the theme park locations to see the big friendly giants of the sea. I appreciate that the tour company waited for me when I was lost trying to find the pick up location in the morning, a very relaxing ride with our food provided leaving us to focus on the experience without having to run around organizing everything. I also appreciated the effort of the staff on the boat tour to try and find us manatees which unfortunately were not easy to find due to the unusually warm weather in February. The Homosassa Wildlife Park was a lovely experience and very easy to navigate around with an array of animals and bird life. The airboat ride was a fantastic finish as I had not been on one before and we were right up the front where the driver gave us a good spray of water! Overall great experience, thank you to all parties involved that made it a great day.

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February 20, 2020

Product ID: 9545