Florida Manatee Snorkel & Swim Adventure Tour
The Florida adventure tour is an interactive and interesting way to connect with the natural attractions in this beautiful state while making great memories with the entire family. This tour is special in that it allows guests to get up close and personal with the beautiful animals known as manatees! It also includes round trip transportation, breakfast, lunch, an airboat ride, and Homosassa State Wildlife Park. The entire experience lasts approximately twelve hours.
From Orlando, FL, it takes approximately an hour and 45 minutes to reach Crystal River, FL. The bus is comfortable, air-conditioned, and provides beautiful views along the way. With roundtrip transportation, you don't have to worry about navigating the Orlando highways and can instead enjoy the scenery. You'll have a provided breakfast on the trip as well to fuel your adventures. After the ride, it's time to start your day of fun!
Crystal River Swimming with Manatees Experience
The Crystal River in Citrus County, Florida, where you will be journeying, is the only place that it is legal to interact with manatees in the wild. You will first have a guided pontoon boat ride around Crystal River before the experience of a lifetime. You can your own adventure by either snorkeling, paddleboarding, or kayaking in the river! If you are lucky, you will get to meet and interact with the beautiful manatees. They are very playful animals and will often come up to people and want attention. The river is home to about 80 manatees, but during the winter months, nearly 300 will join the warm waters.
Next, you'll be taken to Withlacoochee River which will be a 30-60 minute drive away. Once you arrive, you will board an airboat for a thrilling 30-minute ride. This unique experience takes the group through some of the most sparkling waters of the area, providing looks at local wildlife such as manatees, birds, fish, turtles, and more. On this ride, you'll get to experience authentic Florida at its best!
Admission to Wildlife ParkAdmission to the Homosassa Wildlife Park is also included on this adventure. After the airboat ride, you'll head to the park which is another 30-60 minute drive. You will also have a boxed lunch during the ride that will include a sandwich of your choice, chips, and a drink. The park is one of the area's best-kept secrets. Here, you'll see more manatees, bears, and a hippopotamus. With a floating observatory, guests can see more of the interesting manatees while relaxing and unwinding. The park is also home to a children's education center and provides opportunities for bird-watching and Wildlife Encounters with snakes and more.
At the end of the tour, you'll be transported back to your Orlando hotel. Grab the family and check out this one-of-a-kind experience in Florida; perfect for the young marine biologist, do not miss out on this once in a lifetime experience to interact with endangered animals up close.
- What is included in the admission price?
The price includes breakfast, lunch, round-trip transportation, all gear needed for the manatee experience, and admission into Homosassa State Wildlife Park.
- What methods of transportation does the Florida Manatee Snorkel & Swim Adventure Tour use?
You will be transported on an air-conditioned bus.
- Is there any walking involved?
There is some walking around the park but it is up to you how much walking you do!
- Approximately how long does the Florida Manatee Snorkel & Swim Adventure Tour last?
The entire experience is 12 hours.
- For what ages is the tour appropriate?
It is appropriate for all ages.
- What type of dress & footwear are recommended?
You are encouraged to wear a swimming outfit underneath your clothes to make departure quicker when going out onto Crystal River. You may bring an extra change of clothes to change into after the water adventure.
- Is photography / video recording allowed on the Florida Manatee Snorkel & Swim Adventure Tour?
Of course! Don't forget your camera.
- Is transportation to the departure location available?
Yes. Hotel Pick Up & Drop Off is available.
- What is provided for the manatee swim?
You will be provided with a snorkel, paddleboard, or kayak depending on which you choose. You can also purchase a wet suit.
- What level of physical ability is required for the manatee swim?
You must have a strong swimming ability and be comfortable in the water around the sea life.
- What is the policy in case of inclement weather?
The tour will still happen if it rains.
- Is manatee swim a guided or non-guided activity?
This is a guided activity.