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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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US$ 51.94*
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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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498 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429-4718
+1 352-564-8687
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

My siblings and I had an 11 hour layover in Orlando so we absolutely had to plan a trip to Crystal River. They accommodated our late flight arrival with a noon tour easily and we were the only 4 on our tour making it wonderfully...More

Thank twintravelers614
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The manatee has been my favorite animal since I was a child. Swimming with them was a bucket list item and this tour company did not disappoint! Miranda and Jaime were amazing. They took us to a quiet location with tons of interactive manatee. I...More

Thank Jen K
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The entire staff acted professionally and gave great advice for interacting with the manatee. The highlight was when a baby manatee was licking (sucking) on Crystal's (our guide's)hand and she moved the baby manatee to me. The baby manatee started sucking on my hand and...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

Great day with the grandkids exploring the world of the manatee. River Ventures does a great job explaining the manatees and setting expectations. The guide and the captain of the boat were both great. We had an amazing manatee encounter.

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Thank haleypercy
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I took the 6:45 swim with my mom, who was a little nervous at first about being so close to such large animals. Boy did she have the best time! Everything was great from the beginning, they greeted us with hot drinks (we were a...More

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Thank Alexandria B
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great tour with really good guides who told us a lot about the manatees and best of all we saw 4 manatees on our tour :-)

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Thank larswb
Reviewed 1 week ago

The manatees are really fantastic animals and if you are quiet in the water, they come up very close. We had more than enough time to spend and the facilities were very good. Nice hot chocolate on the boat is very welcome because you do...More

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Thank Suzanna S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great professional group that provides the required information in a good interesting/educational format. These animals are so interesting. We were bused for just a few minutes to the dock and then on a boat for about 5-10 minutes to an area where they saw manatees...More

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Christina M
15 December 2017|
Response from RiverVentures | Property representative |
We allow children 3 and over on our group tour experiences. With babies we would require you to rent a private vessel for your encounter. We do require wetsuits for all our participants; these not only keep you warm in the... More
margerie h
27 November 2017|
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Response from RiverVentures | Property representative |
Sept can be a tricky time and a bit unpredictable when it comes to our manatee population. The transitional seasons can go either way. It's certainly not the 'prime time' to see manatee; but we almost always see at least a... More
Larry W
13 November 2017|
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Response from RiverVentures | Property representative |
You can snorkel with manatee if you can get into the water without panic or thrashing. If you prefer to just stay on board the boat you certainly can, sometimes they come very close.