- 12 hours (Approx.)
- Mobile ticket
On this tour from Orlando, take a narrated boat cruise on the Crystal River to snorkel and swim in an area known to be a manatee habitat. Then, take an exhilarating airboat tour on the Homosassa River and visit Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park to watch a manatee-feeding session, and see other animals including bears, panthers, and alligators. You'll enjoy a day out on the water getting to know Florida's local wildlife. Breakfast and lunch are included.
- All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included
- Snorkel gear included
- Breakfast included
- Ideal choice for families
- Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
- Lunch included
- Professional guide
- 30-minute Airboat tour
- Boat cruise, Kayak or Paddleboard
- Use of Snorkelling equipment
- Hotel pickup and drop off (select hotels only)
- Local taxes
- Entry/Admission - Crystal River
- Entry/Admission - Wild Bill's Airboat Tours
- Entry/Admission - Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
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2: WildSide Texas BBQ, 7725 W Irlo Bronson Meml Hwy, Kissimmee, FL 34747, USA
3: Walt Disney World Swan Resort, 1200 Epcot Resorts Blvd, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, USA
4: Firehouse Subs, 12515 FL-535 #515, Orlando, FL 32836, USA
5: Universal Orlando Resort, 6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819, USA
6: Rosen Inn International, 7600 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819, USA
7: Rosen Inn At Pointe Orlando, 9000 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819, USA
8: Señor Frog's, 8747 International Dr #103, Orlando, FL 32819, USA
Returns to original departure point
Tuesday and Friday - April to October
Tuesday - November to March
This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Crystal River, FL
Your day starts in Orlando with breakfast. Then, it's off to join a team of manatee experts for a narrated boat cruise on the picturesque Crystal River, home to one of the world's largest populations of endangered West Indian manatees. Learn how this large, harmless aquatic mammal is under threat due to loss of habitat. With your provided mask and snorkel, you are encouraged to go for a swim in an area known for manatee sightings while under the guidance of certified dive masters.
Duration: 2 hours
Stop At: Wild Bill's Airboat Tours, 12430 E Gulf to Lake Hwy, Inverness, FL 34450, USA
After your cruise, enjoy a picnic-style lunch overlooking this beautiful sanctuary. Your adventure continues in the afternoon with a 30-minute airboat tour on the Homosassa River. During your airboat ride, keep your eyes peeled for manatees and dolphins, as well as a host of other wildlife.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, 4150 S Suncoast Blvd, Homosassa Springs, FL 34446-1168
To end your day, visit Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, famous throughout Florida for its efforts in rehabilitating injured animals. You'll see more manatees during an informative and entertaining feeding session with a park ranger. You may also spot bears, panthers, alligators and even a hippo as you explore the rest of the park. Afterward, you'll be taken back to Orlando.
Please note: Manatee season is from October to March. Sightings are very common, however as the animals are wild, no guarantee can be made.
Duration: 2 hours
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 5 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Minimum age is 3 years
- Items recommended to bring: towel, bathing suit, sunscreen, insect repellant, camera
- Infants must sit on laps
- Most travelers can participate
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 28 travelers
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
So, this is not...jump in the water and there are manatees...one must look for them, find them...and then proceed cautiously and carefully so as not to disturb them in their natural habitat...do not touch them says the guide...what to do if one little one is so curious about these 'new friends' it snuggles up and 'tastes' your diving mask...what graceful and totally amazing creatures. Thanks a million for allowing us to experience this part of the Everglades - it was an amazing experience. Together with the fun of the air-boat ride we had a wonderful day away form the rides and other experiences of Orlando.
It was a cool wet day, but once we were in our wetsuit and in the water this didn't spoil the day. At first the water was murky but the guides know exactly where to look and quickly found a manatee grazing along the bottom. They slowly rise about every 3 minutes to breathe and it was amazing to float beside these magnificent creatures. Shortly after the guide took us to the truly beautiful crystal springs where the water was warm and as clear as any swimming pool and another Manatee to swim with. Finished with a walk through a wildlife park to see more Manatees and local wildlife. Great experience.
We had a great time and saw a lot of Manatee- it was the end of winter/early spring- the Manatee had migrated from the West Coast to spend thee winter in the warmer Florida waters, so there were hundreds! The water is not cold so don your wetsuit and mask and jump in! The airboat ride was excellent and we saw many alligators. We also dropped into a zoo for rescued animals.
The Crystal River trip was awesome! It was a jam-packed, long day, but well worth it. Our driver was very knowledgeable about Florida and was very friendly and entertaining. The snorkeling portion of the trip was awesome. While only a few manatees swam outside the protected area, it was very cool to see the ones that did swim by and to see the others surface to get air. The captain and snorkel guide answered many questions and it was obvious that they take protecting the manatees seriously. They also took us to another location where we snorkeled over a spring and saw many varieties of fish. After the snorkel trip, we went to a wildlife state park and then took an airboat ride and saw alligators on the river banks. We were provided with a very nice breakfast and lunch and thoroughly enjoyed the day.
We saw so many Manatees! Amazing creatures and great Everglades Airboat tour, too! So glad we did this while vacationing in Florida!
This was an amazing experience. It was the high point of my vacation. Kate and Austin were terrific. Kate captained our boat and Austin led us in the water. I would do it all again. Madelyn was the tour leader. She was funny and knowledgeable about each part of the tour. A great overall experience..
Timing is everything. Our tour group went when it was low tide which made the water a bit mucky. We were still able to see some manatees. I even had a mama and her calf swim underneath me and was able to touch the length of her back as she swam by. Unfortunately, no pictures underwater as the water was too cloudy. But the experience was fun and the tour guides were fantastic! The airboat tour was fun as well. Didn't get a chance to see much wildlife. But again, the experience and the tour guide made it worthwhile. Highly recommend and look forward to doing this tour again.
This tour was the highlight of our trip. Tour guides were knowledgeable and friendly. We loved seeing the manatees with an experienced crew who doubled as exemplary teachers of their habitat. Everything was spot on. We would go back just for this event. Well done.
Great adventure. We stopped at a third animal park that was very good also.
Truly amazing experience. We saw dozens of manatees in the wild, close enough to pet.
All the staff are great! Madeline was an excellent driver/tour guide..helpful, funny and informative. On the boat we had Kacey and Shellie who we also very informative and extremely helpful and patient when in the water with nervous swimmers! The airboat was driven by Art who was also fantastic.
Would have to say the most wonderful experiences ever. We had a great Captain, Brian and guide Shelly were both welcoming, fun and informative. We saw approx 6 Manatees and 1 baby calf. Three of them interacted a lot with us as they are very curious creatures. There are obviously some rules you have to obey to protect the animals which was fine. We just floated there on pool noodles and the manatees came up to us to check us out. One nibbling on a girls hair and nuzzling her. I got some great underwater footage of them playing with us. Such gentle giants. Would highly recommend this tour even if you are not a great swimmer. 10 / 10.
This was the best time ever! J Low well she is very informative, and helped with my daughters class assignment. We had close up encounters with the manatees. The captain took extra time with my 6 year old to help her get right up to the manatees. I highly recommend this tour.
This was a great tour, and a great way to see the everglades and rivers of Florida. All of the tour operators were great, and Madeline was fantastic and very helpful.
amazing. had a really good view of mum and calf. the guys on the boat are so helpful and make you feel so relaxed. wonderful time
Marvellous Tour. Great to swim with the manatees, nice zoo and great fun on the jetboat. Lunch was tasty. Only thing I really didn't need was the breakfast. It was good, but we had that provided at our hotel and it made for a late start to the day.
Madeleine was a super guide and driver throughout the trip - very knowledgeaqble and personable.
This tour was one of the best tours I have ever taken . The price was great , staff very pleasant and informative. Keep up the good work .
We loved swimming with manatees and the park stop was great also. The driver was nice and informative. By the time of the airboat ride it was cold and the guide told us little of interest.
Great experience!!! Swimming with Manatees was the best thing I did in my trip to Florida. These animals are awesome, loving and funny. We swam with a baby Manatee and his mum and it was a really opportunity to know about them, but it was too short! The airboat ride was great too. Breakfast and lunch were tasty. Highly recommended.