Florida manatee adventure
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Activities

Florida manatee adventure

Free cancellation
Language: English
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: up to 12 hours
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Visit the manatee capital of the world
  • Learn about the endangered Florida panther, black bears, red wolves, and bobcats
  • Take an exciting airboat ride on the Withlacoochee River
What to expect

This action-packed day starts with breakfast and a full overview of what’s in store as you head out to the Crystal River area on the Gulf Coast, 80 miles north-west 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 you gear up for the manatee snorkel under the supervision of a Coast Guard Certified Captain.

You will learn all about the West Indian manatee – and then get to see some of them, up close and personal in the crystal-clear waters! Then head off to 210-acre Homosassa Springs State Park, a hidden gem of Florida nature, where there is local wildlife to learn about, like the endangered Florida panther, black bears, red wolves, bobcats, and alligators, as well as birdlife, notably whooping cranes and flamingos. Spot unique sighting of Nature’s Fish Bowl, an underwater observatory built over the mouth of the mainspring where a huge number of fish hang out, while the Park has its own manatee rehabilitation program to provide another glimpse of these rare sea mammals. The day will conclude with an 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 on a flat-bottomed craft.

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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Areas frequented by visitors are regularly disinfected
  • Hand sanitizers are provided for staff and visitors
  • All gear/equipment is sanitised between use
  • Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
  • Guides and all other staff are required to wear masks
  • What's included
    • 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
    • Airboat ride on the Withlacoochee River
    • Roundtrip transportation
    • Licensed tour guide
    What's not included
    • Mandatory 10 USD wetsuit rental fee for any swimmers
    • Additional food and drinks
    • Tips (optional)
    Reduced price
    • Children (ages 3-11)
    • Infants (ages 0-2)
    Where
    Meeting point:

    Meeting points:

    Margaritaville Resort at 7:15 am
    Banquet and Event Entrance, 8000 Fins Up Circle, Kissimmee FL 34747.

    Uno’s Pizzeria & Grill at 7:30 am
    12553 FL-535, Orlando, FL 32836.

    Orlando Star Flyer at Icon Park at 8 am
    8265 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819.

    What to remember
    • What to bring: sunscreen, sunglasses, cameras, swimsuits, towels, insect repellent
    • Any person wishing to do the manatee swim must hire a wetsuit prior to boat departure
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    When
    • Please refer to the calendar for updated starting times and availability
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    Provider
    Real Florida Adventures
    Booking fee
    Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
    Cancellation policy
    Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the activity begins.

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