Get ready to explore Florida’s Nature Coast! Ride with us from Orlando to Crystal River for the ultimate adventure on a manatee swim Crystal River tour. Your day begins with a 90-minute guided pontoon boat tour of Crystal River. You’ll have a rare opportunity to snorkel and swim with manatees–the gentle giants of the sea. Your next stop is one of Florida’s best-kept secrets. At Homosassa Springs, you’ll experience a manatee feeding session and see other endangered wildlife like the state panther. Roundtrip transportation from the Orlando, Kissimmee, and Disney areas is provided.
After pickup from your selected location, embark on a short 90-minute drive to Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge. This protected habitat is home to one of the world’s largest populations of endangered West Indian manatees. Also known as Sea Cows, these gentle giants will often greet swimmers or roll over to be tickled.
Crystal River is lucky to have a group of approximately 80 manatees that stay all year round. During colder months, an additional 300 more join them! The constant 72-degree (F) temperature of the spring-fed Crystal River and the abundance of underwater plant life make it the perfect habitat for manatees.
Swimming in an area known as a Natural Manatee Habitat is an amazing experience! When you arrive, you’ll join a team of manatee experts for a narrated pontoon boat tour where you’ll learn how this large, docile aquatic mammal is under threat due to loss of habitat. You can choose to snorkel-and-swim, or sit back, relax, and enjoy the natural surroundings on the boat tour.
Learn about Florida’s ecosystem from a certified instructor as you explore the crystal-clear waters and swim with manatees. Complimentary snorkeling gear is provided including a mask, snorkel, and fins. Wetsuits are mandatory and can be rented on-site for $15 each, per person (cash only). Please keep in mind wetsuit availability is limited and pricing may be subject to change. We encourage guests to bring their own wetsuit, as well as a swimsuit, towels, and a change of clothes.
Your day ends at one of Florida’s best-kept secrets. Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park is famous for its efforts in rehabilitating injured animals. Here, you’ll witness an informative and entertaining manatee feeding session and explore an underwater viewing chamber for the manatees. You’ll have an opportunity to see many of Florida’s endangered animals like the state panther, and other exotic wildlife including bears, alligators, and even a hippo.
Once your day comes to an end, and you’ve experienced Florida’s natural wonders, hop onboard the shuttle bus for a relaxing ride back to your original pickup location in Orlando.
6:00 am to 4:00 pm
6:00 am – Loews Royal Pacific Resort (6300 Hollywood Way, Orlando, FL 32819)
6:05 am- Avanti Palms Resort & Conference Center (6515 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819)
6:10 am – ICON Park (8375 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819)
6:20 am – Golden Corral Buffet & Grill at Lake Buena Vista (8707 Vineland Ave, Orlando, FL 32821)
6:35 am – Walt Disney World Swan (1200 Epcot Resorts Blvd, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830)
6:45 am – Charley’s Steak House (2901 Parkway Blvd Suite 1A, Kissimmee, FL 34747)
Orders typically take 1-2 Business Days to process. You’ll receive an email confirmation once your order has been received. A final confirmation will be sent with your ticket voucher once the booking is confirmed.
Most of the activities on our website can be changed or canceled up to 24 hours before the scheduled departure date. However, a select few are non-refundable and non-transferable. Please refer to the Trip Details, or contact us for questions regarding a specific activity.
Yes. The person who placed the order must be present on the day of the activity. The credit card holder is required to show a valid photo ID and a matching ticket voucher. Otherwise, entry will not be permitted.
If you would like to book a trip for someone and you will not be present on the day of the activity, you must submit a Credit Card Authorization Form and a copy of your valid photo ID and credit card for verification.
We recommend packing a day bag with your swimsuit, towels, a change of clothes, snacks, water, and sunscreen. Closed-toed shoes may be required for certain activities.
Please arrive at least 10-15 minutes before the pickup time indicated at checkout or on your confirmation email/tour voucher.
Yes. Most of the pickup locations allow free car parking and are easily distinguishable. If you park at any of the Walt Disney World Resorts or Universal Orlando Resorts, there will be an additional fee for parking.
If you need help on the day of your scheduled activity, or you need to contact the tour operator for any reason, please contact the phone number listed on your ticket voucher.
Wheelchair- and scooter-accessible vehicles are available upon request. Any passenger requiring an ADA-accessible vehicle must inform us at least 2 Business Days prior to departure.
All of our tours are guided in English. Other languages may be available upon request for groups. Please contact us to inquire about tours in other languages.