This is the perfect opportunity to escape from Orlando’s theme parks for a real Florida adventure with wildlife! This full-day tour takes you from the city into nature with expert guides for a pontoon boat ride on Crystal River to swim and snorkel with manatees; a visit to Homosassa Springs State Park; and an airboat ride on the Withlacoochee River.
Manatee Swim with Boat Cruise on Crystal River
There are several breathtaking natural springs to explore near Crystal River. The boat captains are knowledgeable in the manatees' activities, and how they interact with humans. Swimming with a manatee is an experience that you will always remember.
Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
Once a destination for train travelers to swim, fish, and picnic, Homosassa Springs has lured folks in since the early 1900s. Today, the state park is home to the endangered Florida panther, red wolves, manatees, whooping cranes, black bears, bobcats, and alligators.
Airboat Ride on Withlacoochee River
The Withlacoochee River, is very unusual because it flows north to the Gulf of Mexico. An airboat ride is the best way to see Florida’s wildlife in their own unspoiled, natural paradise.
Plans change, and we get that! This tour offers free cancellation up to 24 hours before the activity starts.
Frequently Asked Questions about this Florida Adventure Tour
Q: How long do you get to swim with manatees?
A: There are several breathtaking natural springs to explore near Crystal River. Our boat captains know the area well, as well as where to safely interact with the manatees. Your Crystal River boat cruise lasts 2 hours.
Q: Is snorkel gear included when you swim with manatees?
A: Yes, we include a snorkel and mask set for each traveler. Wetsuits are required by the US coast guard for safety. Wetsuits give you buoyancy and assist with a more relaxing snorkel experience. You will pay the dive shop direct when you rent ($10.00).
Q: Is it safe to swim with manatees?
A: Crystal River is the only location in the entire USA that you are legally allowed to interact with manatees in the wild.
Q: Is it guaranteed that you will see manatees in Florida?
A: The manatees in Crystal River are wild animals and, as such, we are unable to guarantee interaction. However, our expert Coast Guard-certified boat captains will do everything they can to make this happen. You will definitely see them from a safe distance at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park.
Q: What should I wear on this day tour to Crystal River?
A: We encourage guests to wear their swimming outfit underneath their morning clothes to aid in a quick departure out on to the Crystal River. Afterward, there will be locker rooms where you can dry off and change. Don’t forget your own beach towel, too!
Q: What animals live at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park?
A: The endangered Florida panther, red wolves, manatees, and whooping cranes, plus black bears, bobcats, and, of course, alligators.
Q: What is special about the Withlacoochee River?
A: The Withlacoochee River is very unusual because it flows north to the Gulf of Mexico. On this tour, a 30-minute airboat ride is the best way to see Florida’s wildlife in their own unspoiled, natural paradise.
Q: How many manatees swim in Crystal River?
A: 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.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the activity starts