Crystal River Manatee Swim or Boat Ride from Orlando

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  • Live Guide
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  • Day Trip
  • Group Tour
  • E-Ticket
  • 8.5 hr

Come and enjoy the real Florida... Get up-close with the gentle manatee and see the beauty of Crystal River as you explore the Homosassa State Wildlife Park. The tour heads up to Crystal River is where you can snorkel - swim in the rivers where wild manatees live. It's an early morning departure, so bring breakfast snacks to eat during the journey. Following a safety briefing and collecting your mask, snorkel & fins (wetsuits hire is $15 and required for swimmers) you board the boat. You do not have to swim or snorkel, you can opt enjoy the boat ride looking for nature alone should you prefer. When manatees are spotted you can get into the river should you wish, get some great photos. In the afternoon explore Homosassa State Park. The park is home of many species of native wildlife that have been rescued. You are there at lunchtime, so you can opt to purchase it from the park cafe, or bring yourself a picnic if you prefer. A True Florida Day Out!

Itinerary Details

Operated by: Gray Line of Orlando

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge

The boat will drive into the wildlife refuge where you will hope to see wild manatees on the river. You will be on the boat at least 90 mins.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Homosassa River

We will visit the State Park at Homosassa. You will walk around the State Park and see the animals and view the manatees in the underwater viewing chamber at this hospital facility for injured manatees. There is also a cafe at the park so you could purchase lunch here if you wish, or if you prefer to pack yourself a picnic they do have picnic tables you can use inside the park.

Duration: 2 hour

Stop At: Crystal River

Upon arrival at the picturesque Crystal River, you will enjoy a fabulous narrated boat tour. You will be provided masks, snorkels & fins, and encouraged to swim alongside these friendly creatures under the guidance of certified dive masters. The manatees are endangered and have come to the Florida springs year-round to find shelter and food. In the winter months the manatee population can reach several hundred and during summer, the average count is 80. They are "gentle giants" and have no teeth. After your cruise, you head to Homosassa State Wildlife Park, famous throughout Florida for the rehabilitation of injured animals. It is here you’ll have the chance to see the current manatee residents at the park during an informative and entertaining feeding session with one of the park rangers. You’ll also see bears, panthers, alligators and even a hippo as you explore the rest of the park. Roundtrip transport from the Orlando area and a knowledgeable driver-guide is also included.

Duration: 4 hour
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