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River Ventures Manatee Tour Center

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River Ventures is a full service Tour center located in beautiful Crystal River, Florida. We offer many tour options to share all that the Nature Coast has to show you and we emphasize education about these Eco-systems!We have a passion for what we...more
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498 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429-4718
+1 352-564-8687
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We saw many manatees. There was three sets of mothers with her baby. Two of the babies were nursing. This is my third time going with River Ventures. I have e been on the tour summer, fall and spring. I saw manatees on all three...More

Thank Mary O
RiverVentures, Manager at River Ventures Manatee Tour Center, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you so much for taking the time to reach out! Two nursing babies are a spectacular sight, and you were very blessed! I'm sure if you asked your Captain he would say it was SKILL! And having Heidi by your side takes the experience...More

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

What an amazing morning! Early start for hubby and I plus four kids 3, 8, 11 and 11. Totally worth it. The staff at river ventures are all great, but I have to say Mike and Wade took the cake for us today. Informative and...More

Thank maddymarlee
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We took the VIP manatee tour which was soooooo worth it. Only 4 of us (apparently the max is 6) and had almost 4 hours out in the water. There weren’t many manatees to see as it’s still summer but the ones we did see...More

Thank Redbunny1973
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The manatees are the real stars here and our Capt did a really nice job to be near them without annoying them. What annoyed us most however was our guide with the water camera, who kept on pushing to buy their pictures, forced herself continuously...More

1  Thank Christophe P
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Wade and Emerson took us out on the 7:15 tour. Wow, what an awesome time! We saw at least 8 manatees and a baby that was the life of the party. Wade and Emerson were very professional and extremely informative about anything and everything. Manatees,...More

Thank Turkeytalkr
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Lifetime dream achieved! Wade was our Captain, he was very informative and entertaining. Emerson was our guide, also very informative and took amazing photos. My boyfriend and I drove an hour and a half over from Orlando to float with the manatees and it was...More

Thank Leah B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Did the manatee experience, it was amazing. Mike the guide made everyone welcome and i didnt feel uncomfortable doing the sim alone when all others where in couples . Mike was an amazing guide with lots of knowledge on the manatees and and the river....More

Thank Julie F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Awesome time with captain Steve and Missy - big mama- mama with calf’s and 2 teen manatees !! Worth The trip !

Thank Donna B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My review is belated but we’re planning another trip back and we’re going to use this same company so I thought I’d go ahead and write my review from our last trip with them now! :-). We had such an amazing time with them that...More

Thank Lucette A
RiverVentures, Manager at River Ventures Manatee Tour Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for taking the time! We truly appreciate the feedback and it means even more when you are coming back again to see us!! Hopefully we can even surpass your experience next time....we will keep our fingers crossed for lots of manatees...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I can not even begin to explain the amazing time we had! Everything from the minute we first arrived to River Ventures was amazing. The staff was so friendly and so very knowledgeable! Then when we got to the boat Captain Wade and Matt was...More

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20 September 2018|
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Response from Walnuts2001 | Reviewed this property |
It's been a season since I've been there but I remember the DVD costing $40. No, they do not video. They include photos of your day plus spectacular photos they have taken of manatees in the past (no people included in... More
Pamela B
9 August 2018|
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Response from LisaBC2014 | Reviewed this property |
You can paddle the waters with kayak or paddle boards and will see them only near the surface.
15 June 2018|
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Response from Wolfnavarre | Reviewed this property |
We had a 9:30 time. We even had an open spot on our boat.