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River Ventures Manatee Tour Center

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498 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429-4718
+1 352-564-8687
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US$ 67.84*
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Crystal River Manatee Swim
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US$ 94.00*
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Small Group VIP Manatee Pontoon Tour
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Gulf of Mexico Airboat Ride and Dolphin Quest from Homosassa
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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 do, and it shows! Our Endangered Encounter manatee tours are our specialty, but we have so much more to offer! Air boat tours,VIP customized packages,Stand Up Paddle Boards, Scallop charters, sunset cruises, private charters, guided paddle tours on multiple rivers....we have much more to offer than you would expect!Spend the day or spend the week and River Ventures will introduce you to 'More than Manatee'!! Tours to snorkel with the manatees in their natural habitat are conducted daily, year round (reservations in advance are highly suggested). Our highly experienced in-water guides will escort you into the refuge to find the endangered manatee for viewing and up close encounters. River Ventures offers daily group trips of up to 12, and also offers private trips for both large and small groups including VIP and houseboat tours.
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Hours Today: 06:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
498 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429-4718
+1 352-564-8687
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We had a great trip here with Crystal and Wade. We were very lucky to see some manatees in the spring as well. The group was small and it was worth to get up early for the tour at 7am

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Reviewed yesterday

This is an amazing experience, that I would highly recommend. Johnny B and Mike were excellent hosts and guides and found a mother and young manatee within 10 minutes of setting out. Another youngster and it's mother quickly joined us and we spent the best...More

Thank Neil B
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Such a great time. Our captain John S. was great! The photographer Mike was also excellent . Friendly and knowledgeable. September wasn't the best time to see the manatees but we did get to see 5 which was thrilling. I highly recommend this outfit and...More

Thank Jennifer F
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We did a 4 hour tour with John and Mike and had a blast!. Everyone was very nice and professional. Definitely coming back in January.

Thank almadave
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went during the offseason when the manatees are hard to find. Had a 645 am 4 hour tour with Captain John B and "Nails" (Crystal). Everyone in the shop was friendly and professional. Extremely knowledgeable about the manatee. We were the first boat on...More

Thank kmcdaniel2017
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a dream come true. I have always wanted to see manatees up close and to be able to swim beside them was amazing! We got to see a mom and her calf that was so cute. I highly recommend this to anyone who...More

Thank catori17
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was the most amazing thing we did in our 3-week trip to the east coast, beats even the Niagara falls and Disney World (and our 9-year old son thinks so too!). A breath-taking experience, though we came in the worst season (summer - early...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

From the moment we walked in at 6am we were treated spectacularly! All staff was extremely friendly and very knowledgeable! We had a blast and our manatee encounter was amazing! Lindsey and Captain John Stark the river daddy were fantastic and we will most definetly...More

Thank Derrick W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were a group of five in the semi-private 4 hour tour so it was just us with the boat captain, Wade, and the water guide, Crystal. We took the 6:45 a.m. tour. We rode for just a few minutes from the dock and found...More

Thank Jermoozle
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a great time on this tour. We went in August not expecting to see many manatee but our tour guides did a great job on finding us one and a calf who was nursing! We also did the scallop hunting tour and all...More

Thank Heather H
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12 August 2017|
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Response from RiverVentures | Property representative |
Thanks so much for your question!! We have many photo options now and sometimes visitors opt to take advantage of more than one opportunity. Most visitors know that a guide accompanies them on their tour and serves as their... More
12 July 2017|
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Response from RiverVentures | Property representative |
This is a very common question from our visitors....and fact is there is no right answer!! Some people are very generous and award on the terms of service, some folks are strict 15 percenters....some, particularly our... More
Shanta V
9 June 2017|
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Response from RiverVentures | Property representative |
The tour you are referring to is what we call our 'Manatee Paddle'. This is a special tour devoted to folks who would like a chance to paddle AND swim with manatee. Another option is the 'Manatee and More, Family Fun Day... More