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River Ventures Manatee Tour Center

#1 of 51 Tours in Crystal River Features Animals
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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498 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429-4718
+1 352-564-8687
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Mike & Dallas were our captain & guide and they did a fabulous job finding manatees and making sure everyone in our party had a great view and experience. We brought underwater disposable cameras, don't waste your time. Mike took awesome pictures and yes, you...More

Thank megd004
Reviewed 2 days ago

Booked a 5 hour family fun excursion which included swimming with the Manatees, swimming/exploring the fresh springs and visiting Shell Island. Captain Tanner and Irish Dave were amazing tour guides the ENTIRE time. Extremely knowledgeable and entertaining. They captured our whole trip on camera and...More

Thank Mary S
Reviewed 4 days ago

Don't waste your time trying anyone else. These people are professionals dedicated to making your experience a memorable oneMore

Thank FauziaBill
RiverVentures, Manager at River Ventures Manatee Tour Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to give us a 'Shout Out'!! John and India are true professionals and have a passion for what we do here....we are so glad you noticed! There are many Companies that do what we do, but it...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This trip was absolutely amazing! Worth the drive from Texas, worth the money, and worth the very short wait in the lobby! Our guides were India and Dallas, and were particularly skilled at finding the very best manatee locations for our GoPro and pictures! They...More

Thank Joshua R
Reviewed 1 week ago

My family (2 girls) had a great time. We saw momma and baby manatee in the murky water. The water was so full of stuff that we couldn't see the manatees until they are a couple feet away. However Lindsay was very careful to make...More

Thank chicagomomof2g
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited in June 2017 for the second time & were amazed again! Reservations are simple and affordable. Upon arrival, the staff is pleasant and friendly. There is a brief educational portion of the program before heading to the boat. The information presented was interesting....More

1  Thank Sally M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have used River Ventures for a manatee encounter for 2 years now. They do not disappoint! We saw several manatees on both trips and were fortunate enough to get up close to them each time. The employees are very friendly and knowledgeable. I would...More

Thank Jan M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This excursion with Capt. John B and guide Kat was easily the best part of our trip to the Crystal River area. Everything from check-in to check-out was top-notch (mm mm) and very professional. Our capt. and guide found multiple manatees with which we swam...More

Thank cpscan
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

These company is fantastic! They were so good with our kids and really wanted us to have a great expectancy! Casey and Irish Dave made the best captains and guides. Highly recommend them.

Thank Michael H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Oh. My. Gosh. I can't rave enough about this life changing adventure. We have always wanted to see manatees up close and these guys really know how to show you a good time. They are great guides with a lot of knowledge and positivity -...More

Thank Julia V
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Shanta V
My boyfriend and I will be there on 6/23/17. Does the $67 package include the kayaking as well , or is that package sold out? thank you
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
Cindy T
We are planning to swim with the manatees the first full week of November. What time would be better to book, 6:15 am or 9:15 am?
26 May 2017|
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Response from RiverVentures | Property representative |
We always recommend the earlier tours....6,7 group or 645 VIP. It does up your chances of seeing animals; however, early November is typically slow, so the crowding on the water that we see during season should not be the... More
Althea B
My family is visiting the area at the end of June and my kids are intrigued with the idea of swimming with manatees. It's my understanding however that manatee season in crystal river is in the colder months. Is there any chance of a manatee encounter this time of year? My husband is convinced it could be a waste but I'd like to try it an interaction is at all possible. Thanks!
15 May 2017|
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Response from RiverVentures | Property representative |
We almost always see at least a few manatees, even in the summer months....and we almost always get a chance to swim with them. It is very important to have realistic expectations during the warm weather, but as long as you... More