From 8 am – 6 pm (EST)
From 10 am – 2 pm (EST)
Spend a day on Florida’s Nature Coast! Enjoy the ultimate encounter on a Swim with Manatees Crystal River tour from Orlando! 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 Florida’s Everglades. Breakfast, lunch, and roundtrip transportation from the Orlando, Kissimmee, and Disney areas are provided on this all-inclusive tour.
After pickup from your selected location, enjoy a bagged breakfast on the 90-minute drive to the Withlacoochee River. Here, the day begins with an exhilarating 30-minute airboat ride.
The Withlacoochee River is unique because it’s only one of two rivers in Florida that runs north to the Gulf of Mexico. You’ll enjoy a rare opportunity to look at the gators, birds, eagles, trees, and plants that makeup Florida’s wetlands. And, hear fascinating tales from your expert local guide and certified US Coast Guard-approved captain.
The next stop on your trip is 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 at the Dive Shop for $15 each. 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.
After your swim-and-snorkel experience, you’ll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before heading back to your original pickup location in Orlando.
7:30 am to 7:30 pm
7:30 am – Maingate Lakeside Resort (7769 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee, FL 34747)
8:00 am – Walt Disney World Swan (1200 Epcot Resorts Blvd, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830)
8:30 am – Senor Frogs Restaurant (8747 International Dr #103, Orlando, FL 32819)
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.