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Plantation Adventure Center

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“dive shop”(100 reviews)
“manatee tour”(134 reviews)
Swim alongside the gentle giants with daily tours going out every morning. $65 per person includes all equipment, 5mm wet suits, mask, snorkel, towel service, hot chocolate, coffee, hot showers, and heated changing facility with no parking fees! Ask...more
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
9301 W Fort Island Trl, Crystal River, FL 34429-5376
+1 352-795-4211
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Reviewed today

We had a terrific time with Captain Ed swimming with the mannatees. The Three Sisters Springs opened up that morning for snorkeling and it was a beautiful location in which to float around and view these incredible creatures. A couple of recommendations I would give...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 555Patty
Reviewed yesterday

It was a rainy day buy we went out anyway--hey, you get wet regardless! Dustin and Capt Ed brought us to the very edge of the reserve and we saw over a dozen manatees. Even saw 2 mothers with 2 babies. Some were very friendly...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank christinerd
Reviewed 2 days ago

December 7, 2018 - We have wanted to do this for years. Had no idea what to expect. Learned that there are only certain months that you can do this in the Crystal River area. The vendor was located less than a half mile from...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Kim M
Reviewed 5 days ago

How can you not love a manatee?! And to have them swim up to you to say hello is amazing. Captain Ross was very informative. Would gladly do this again on the next visit.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank RustyFrye
Reviewed 5 days ago

My sister and I went took the semi-private manatee tour last week. This trip has a limit of 6 persons; with only the two of us, I was surprised they went ahead with the trip. Their operation was very efficient. We suited up with nice...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Dinwa
Reviewed 1 week ago

I surprised my wife on her birthday by booking a weekend at the Plantation along with swimming with the Manatees. We had a fantastic time on this tour. Our Captains Steve and Lance were Outstanding. Captain Lance took the extra time to help us out...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank ken c
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went on a mid-morning manatee tour with Captain Ross and Captain John. They were knowledgeable and helpful and patient and took us to 2 locations to make sure we saw plenty of manatees. My 12 year old daughter is autistic and was struggling in...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank jamesamandas
Paul C, Manager at Plantation Adventure Center, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you so much for your feedback! Yes, Captain John and Captain Ross ARE amazing and extremely passionate about making sure everyone leaves their boat with a smile! =) Swimming with manatees can be quite intimidating for our visitors, children and adults alike. This is...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderfull experience, very friendly staff, very relaxing and we saw the manatees (as promised) and also got amazing pictures. I'm coming back for sure with the rest of my family.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Alfonso N
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our second time with this Adventure Center. This trip the weather messed us up, but our Captain still made it worth while. We were able to spend a good amount of time with a few manatees. Great videos and pics provided. If you want to...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank bradshawkr
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was my third time with the Adventure Center and just as much fun as the first time about 10 years ago. Captain Dustin Molina brought us to the warm springs and river and Steve got in the water with us to guide us by...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Response from inkworksak | Reviewed this property |
You just have to be able to float (with wetsuit on) and snorkle. It helps to be able to not flail around, and they discourage standing on the bottom because it kicks up mud so no one can see clearly. But there is no current... More
2 August 2018|
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