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Crystal River Manatee Swim from Orlando

 
Detail See native wildlife in their natural environment
Detail Breakfast included
Detail Lunch included
Detail Family friendly
Detail Informative, friendly and professional guide
Detail Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
Detail Duration: 10 hours
Crystal River Manatee Swim from Orlando Schedule Schedule
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Crystal River Manatee Swim from Orlando tours Florida's Crystal River and Homosassa rivers. This natural treasure is home to one of the largest populations of manatees in the world, and it is a protected refuge. The nearby Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park includes stunningly beautiful waterfalls, a dolphin exhibit, and a bird sanctuary.

History

Crystal River Manatee Swim from Orlando began in 1996 when a group of dedicated volunteers decided to make their trip to the Crystal River from Orlando. Since then, the event has become one of Florida's most significant outdoor water-themed recreational events.

The Crystal River Manatee Swim from Orlando begins at the Manatee Springs Park in south-central Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, about 25 miles south of Tampa and Orlando. The park is about two hours northwest of the cities.

Activities

Crystal River Manatee Swim from Orlando events include swimming, a parade, live music, canoe, kayak races, vendor displays, and activities for children.

The swimming portion of the event begins at 10:00 am. The ride to the springs is about one hour long. Guests can get in the water with manatees at Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge. At this time of year (January), an estimated 300-400 manatees appear in winter months to soak up warm water temperatures along Florida's west coast.

Some watercraft tours offer opportunities to see the wildlife from beneath the water.

The Crystal River Manatee Swim from Orlando works with environmental conservation groups like the Crystal River Wildlife Refuge, Manatee Springs, and Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. It has received sponsorship from Florida Power & Light, CSX Transportation, and Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.

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Manatee Swim Value Package
Available 2/7/2023 until 12/30/2023 View Detailed Schedule
Swim, Snorkel, and Boat Ride: Transportation from the Orlando area, 90 min Boat Ride on Crystal River, Snorkel Equipment, Admission to Homosassa State Park
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