This is one of the most essential – and thrilling – attractions in Florida, and it is as real as it gets in terms of a dynamic, visceral place to visit.
Private Real Florida Manatee
Depending on your hotel, pickup will be between 7:15 and 8:30 am. We will collect you from your own hotel as part of this PRIVATE package.
- Adult Ages 12+
- Child Ages 3-11
Experience a real Florida adventure
You’ve come all the way to Florida, so it makes sense to actually see as much of it as possible, and no other tour provides such a wide-ranging, in-depth experience as this carefully crafted “real Florida” adventure that takes you to swim snorkel with manatees in Crystal River.
The Manatee Snorkel Experience
This action-packed day starts with inclusive breakfast and a full overview of what’s in store as we head out to the beautiful Crystal River area on the Gulf coast, 80 miles northwest of Orlando. This is the Manatee Capital of the World, and the only place in America where it is legal to swim with manatees.
It is also home to stunning natural springs and lots of wildlife, and you’ll get to meet an essential part of it as we gear up for the signature manatee snorkel under the supervision of a Coast Guard Certified Captain*. You will learn all about the unique West Indian manatee – and then get to see some of them up close and personal in the crystal-clear waters!
Then we head off to the 210-acre Homosassa Springs State Park, a genuine hidden gem of Florida nature, where there is plenty of local wildlife to see and hear about, including the endangered Florida panther, black bears, red wolves, bobcats and alligators, as well as a profusion of bird life, notably whooping cranes and flamingos.
Also here is the unique “Nature’s Fish Bowl,” an underwater observatory built over the mouth of the main spring where a huge number of fish hang out. The Park has its own manatee rehabilitation program to provide another exciting glimpse of these rare sea mammals. Lunch is included here, too.
Finally, the day will conclude with an exciting airboat ride on the Withlacoochee River, another natural haven where you can see more wildlife in its natural habitat and enjoy the thrill of skimming the water at up to 45 mph in these exhilarating, flat-bottomed craft.
**Note: Any person wishing to do the manatee swim must hire a wetsuit prior to boat departure. Snorkel equipment is provided free.
- Packed breakfast
- Boat tour of Kings Bay and Crystal River
- Complimentary mask and snorkel
- Packed lunch
- Admission into Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
- A wild airboat ride on the Withlacoochee River
- Roundtrip transportation from International Drive, Disney, and Kissimmee areas
- Professional, certified and licensed tour guide
- Mandatory $10 wetsuit rental fee for any swimmers
- Meals and drinks not mentioned
What to Bring
- Insect repellent
- Proof of confirmation