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River Ventures Manatee Tour Center

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“captain wade”(45 reviews)
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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 2 days ago

Our family of four all agreed that this is an excellent activity. The manatees were adorable, and our guides were great.

Thank DrCarraway
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

These guys genuinely love what they do and it shows. Not only did we have amazing manatee encounters, we learned much about what River Ventures is doing to create a sustainable habitat for all creatures in Kings Bay. We snorkeled to several natural springs as...More

Thank Adam G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Crystal and John were awesome! We took beautiful pictures and had a great day. They really care about the animals and the manatees are just wonderful to look at. We would recommend to go later in the year if you want to see a lot...More

Thank Valerie S
Reviewed 1 week ago

We saw a manatee calf nursing and encountered a calf that interested in us and wanted to get close. We did not expect either of these situations. Our boat Captain, John B. and our guide and photographer, Crystal were excellent at finding the manatees and...More

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

Thanks so much for this glowing review! The tea of Captain John and Crystal are one the best and most respected crews on the water and we are so glad that they were able to find you an awesome manatee encounter despite the season! There...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

The combination of kayaking in the early morning (for how long you can decide whilst there), and then leaving the kayaks to go on the boat and swim with the manatees was just perfect! Me and my friend went there in the end of September,...More

Thank Birgitte86
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Recently 6 of us went scalloping for the first time. We booked our tour with River Ventures and Emerson was our captain for the day. I can’t express how much fun we had. It was a picture perfect day weather wise. Emerson was able to...More

Thank C771456
RiverVentures, Manager at River Ventures Manatee Tour Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

What a super review, thank you for taking the time! This means the world to Emerson, and really keeps us on track! We make every effort to satisfy and surpass each groups expectations, thank you so much for noticing! Scalloping is an awesome time, and...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My family and I went on a tour with Phil and JJ and if was absolutely spectacular. They were extremely kinds and the amount of manatees we were able to spot was magnificent. I highly recommend this to anyone.

Thank hannahworthy7
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a wonderful experience. We went in July which is not Manatee season. Troy and Gavin were very determined to find a manatee for our family to swim with. They were great tour guides. We enjoyed it, and highly recommend it! Hope to try...More

Thank Canamina
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We booked the semi-private manatee tour starting at 06.45 am, so we had to leave from Orlando really early. When we arrived we learned that it will be only the two of us, so we had a fully private tour. All people at the center...More

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

John and Tom thank you for the 'shout out' and loved having you! 'Special experience' is definitely the way we would describe it too and we are so glad that Tom was able to capture that on film for you! Tom and John both love...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

River Ventures was a fun trip with our grandkids- from taking the boat ride out to Crystal River to swimming with the manatees. A must do for any bucket list!

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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.