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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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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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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

JJ and Mariah were wonderful and the trip was better than we’d dreamt! We saw manatees and their babies, enjoyed a beautiful day & the other couples on the boat.

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Reviewed yesterday

Our guide was Sheena and captain was Troy. Very good experience saw about 5 Manatees and got close with one that came right to me. Thanks for this lifetime experience.

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Had a great time with Captain Troy and Sheena. We really enjoyed the trip. Had a great manatee excursion and an added trip the a spring. Couldnt have been better!!

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Reviewed 2 days ago

A must to do...the staff, the adventure. ..all top notch. Loved it.total family thing to do want to do again

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Reviewed 2 days ago

River ventures are a very well run company with an efficient set-up to get people suited up and into the water very quickly. We had barely left the dock when we were all in the water, getting very close to one of the gentle giants...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Thanks to Captain Rhonda and Mike we had a perfect time. Saw and touched many manatees and have the pictures to prove it. The staff at River Ventures were very attentive. Highly recommend the whole crew. Would love to come back. This trip was our...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Matt and Captain Tanner were just wonderful! We were all first time snorkle users and they were very patient and reassuring the whole time. It was an epic experience we will do again next year.

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16 February 2018|
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Response from WenBow1326 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, they do have lockers. We were told November thru March is the best time to see the Manatees. It's a great experience!
14 February 2018|
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Response from WenBow1326 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, the full face mask have a GoPro mount! We loved the masks also. It takes a little time to get used to them but once you do they are definitely worth it!
Katie B
10 February 2018|
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Response from RiverVentures | Property representative |
YES- YES- YES. Did we say yes?? What a difference a few hours can make! We dont rise and open before dawn for our health....we do it because it can make for a much better experience for our visitors!! If in doubt, stay close... More