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Address: 498 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429-4718
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+1 352-564-8687
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Sun - Sat 06:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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River Ventures is a full service Tour center located in beautiful Crystal...

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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US$ 67.84*
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Crystal River Manatee Swim
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US$ 94.00*
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US$ 51.94*
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This outfit is top notch! Everything they did was professional and allowed us to have a once in a lifetime experience. We were fortunate enough to witness a baby feeding and once... read more

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Port Orchard, Washington, United States
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Port Orchard, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This outfit is top notch! Everything they did was professional and allowed us to have a once in a lifetime experience. We were fortunate enough to witness a baby feeding and once done, the mom left and the baby swam right up to us. Our captain and guide were fun and helped make our trip very worthwhile. I can't recommend... More 

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Lexington, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Dallas and India took us out to see manatees, and there were so many to see. India took the group to every place that there were manatees and gave us so many opportunities to be with them. Dallas was a very capable captain and as someone who could only watch from the boat, he spent all that time educating me... More 

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Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

While it was a memorable excursion to "swim" with the manatees, the most impressive thing was the service of the River Ventures team. Courteous and professional, they went the "extra" step at each juncture - and are well deserved of kudos! Tanner, Scott, Jamie, and Jennifer (?) are gracious representatives of the firm. We purchased a DVD of our outing... More 

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RiverVentures, Manager at River Ventures Manatee Tour Center, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us this awesome review...it really does mean a lot to us! People ask us all the time why River Ventures? What makes you guys number 1?? You really hit it on the head here...it's the people! Yeah, the manatee are pretty cool, the boats are in good shape, the gear... More 

Ankeny, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We booked this tour late and had to break our family up into two groups. The first group went out on the 7:15am tour with Captain Dave and Dallas. They had a great time and enjoyed the humor of the crew. They went to a murkier part, but there were a lot of manatees that were very playful. They had... More 

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Laguna Niguel, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We used Trip Advisor to find this one and what a great find! Thank you Trip Advisor. We were greeted with friendly smiles, hot coco/coffee and an entertaining introduction to the Manatees and our upcoming experience. Our in-water guide, Kevin, was exceptional. He works the weekends and you can tell that he really loves and appreciates the manatees. He has... More 

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Hermitage, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This tour was wonderful! Thanks to JJ our tour guide and Dallas our captain for such an amazing tour. JJ got some great pictures that I can't wait to show everyone! The tour guid and captain kept us laughing and having a blast the entire trip! Recommend anyone to book this trip the girls there do a wonderful job and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I've always wanted to swim with manatees, more specifically, hugging one is on my bucket list. Thanks to River Ventures very educational manatee tour, I learned that this is a federal offense. Thanks for saving me jail time. There were at least 20 manatees out that day, mostly just floating around like adorable sea meatballs and sleeping. John and Emerson... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Thank you Captain Dave & Anthony YOU absolutely made our tour a very memorable adventure! My son has wanted to do this since he was 6, finally at 13 We got to swim with several manatees that were very curious and friendly...this tour was MORE than we could have ever imagined. Not only the tour itself, our captain & guide... More 

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London, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

While the lady that answered the phone was not overly friendly or accommodating, the people that run the actual tours were amazing. They were very friendly and helpful. We enjoyed the experience despite the weather being cool outside the water was warm. We saw a lot of manatees!

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Thank sugarplum14
RiverVentures, Manager at River Ventures Manatee Tour Center, responded to this review

What?!?! The lady answering the phone was not friendly?? That's crazy and completely unacceptable! Please contact us immediately and let us know what happened. The reason we are number one is because of our awesome crew. Yes, it's possible someone was having a bad day.....but we sincerely apologize for anyone that was not accommodating in every way! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

JJ and captain Rhonda were awesome! Rhonda kept a good eye out for the manatees and JJ did a great job of being our water guide. Great job on the pictures JJ!

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