Meet friendly manatees and swim alongside them in the sparkling waters of Crystal River. You'll also get to discover characteristic Florida animals like the red lynx, alligator, black bear and puma.
Swim with Manatees in Crystal River
We'll pick you up from Orlando first thing in the morning and head for the Crystal River. During the bus journey to a dock on the river, which lasts around two hours, you'll be served breakfast to keep your energy up.
Crystal River is home to numerous manatees, especially during the winter months. These friendly water giants are attracted to the river's year-round warm waters thanks to the natural hot springs that supply it.
Reaching the river, we'll embark on a boat trip in search of manatees. You'll have the choice to dive into the water and swim with them, or to remain on deck and enjoy the sun and the tropical landscapes. Manatees are quiet animals and swim peacefully alongside humans - sometimes they even let you stroke their bellies! Did you know that they're believed to be the origin of mermaid myths? It is said that sailors mistook the algae that sometimes covers the animals for a woman's hair!
We'll get off the boat to enjoy lunch surrounded by nature, before heading to Homosassa State Park, a wildlife reserve where you can admire endangered species from Florida and other parts of the world, such as cougars, alligators, hippos and black bears.
At Homosassa, you'll also have access to the underwater manatee observation point, where you'll get to see observe these gentle giants swimming in their natural environment.
In the afternoon we'll return to Orlando, arriving back around 4 pm.
Children under 3
The tour is free for children under 3 years of age and therefore no reservation is necessary for them.
Pick Up Points and Times
This tour includes pick up from various points in the Orlando, Disney and Kissimmee areas. When making your reservation, you'll be able to select the exact time and the hotel or pick up point nearest to your accommodation.
Manatees are very common in the Crystal River. However, their presence depends on many factors and we cannot guarantee the number of specimens you'll be able to see.
All of our providers comply with local legislation and applicable health recommendations regarding protective material and safety to help avoid the spread of Covid-19.
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Boat trip and swim with manatees
Children between 3 and 11 years oldUS$ 99
Pick up and drop off in Orlando.
Escort on the bus.
Boat trip on Crystal River.
Entry to Homosassa State Park.
Wetsuit rental (US$ 8).
When to book?
Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.
You can book up to 2 days before (Orlando local time) if there are still places available.
Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.
Frequently asked questions
Q - How to book?
A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.