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Crystal River Tour with Manatee Swim and Everglades Airboat Ride provided by City Sightseeing Orlando

Crystal River Tour with Manatee Swim and Everglades Airboat Ride

Crystal River Tour with Manatee Swim and Everglades Airboat Ride
4.5
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from RM 586.35 per adult
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Face masks required for travellers in public areas
Face masks provided for travellers
About
Discover Florida’s native wildlife on this full-day tour from Orlando that conveniently includes meals and transfers. Start with a guided cruise on Crystal River and hear firsthand about the region’s natural heritage, then dive in for snorkel experience in a spot known for its manatees. Afterwards, experience the thrill of an air-boat ride along Withlacoochee River, before heading to Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park for a closer encounter with bears, panthers, and more.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 12h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 12h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
Discover Florida’s native wildlife on this adventure tour from Orlando
Avoid hidden costs with meals and hotel transfers included
Tick off several must-do experiences in just one day
Benefit from the expert knowledge of your professional guide
What to expect
The day of sightseeing begins with breakfast in Orlando. Meet the guide and the rest of the tour group on a pickup from select locations. Then, head to Crystal River, the gem of Florida's beautiful coast and home to one of the world's largest populations of endangered West Indian manatees. Out on the water with the provided equipment, take an optional swim or snorkel. Spend time hanging out in the manatee’s natural habitat alongside certified dive masters. Learn more about this harmless mammal and why it’s under threat due to a loss of habitat. After the cruise, enjoy a picnic-style lunch overlooking the manatee sanctuary at the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge. The adventure continues in the afternoon with an airboat tour along the Withlacoochee River. Keep an eye out for manatees, dolphins, and a variety of other wildlife. Finally, visit Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, one of the best places in the state to view manatees. Witness an entertaining and educational feeding session with a park ranger, then look for bears, panthers, alligators, or even a hippo while exploring the rest of the park. The tour ends with a return trip to Orlando and hotel drop-off.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 2855MANATEE
Call +60 392125427
Important information
Inclusions
Professional guide • Breakfast • 30-minute Airboat tour • Boat cruise with snorkeling • Mask and Snorkel (wetsuit required and is $10.00 per person) • Hotel pickup and drop off (select hotels only) • Local taxes • Lunch • Entry/Admission - Crystal River • Entry/Admission - Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park • Entry/Admission - Inverness
Exclusions
Gratuities • Wet Suit rental $10.00 per person Paid to dive shop on the day
Duration
12h
Departure details
7725 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee, FL 34747, USA Wild Side Texas BBQ
Walt Disney World Swan, 1200 Epcot Resorts Blvd, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, USA
Firehouse Subs Lake Buena Vista, 12515 FL-535 Ste 515, Orlando, FL 32836, USA
Universal Orlando Resort, 6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819, USA
Rosen Inn International, 7600 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819, USA
Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando, 9000 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819, USA
Señor Frog's, 8747 International Dr #103, Orlando, FL 32819, USA
Inclusions
Professional guide • Breakfast • 30-minute Airboat tour • Boat cruise with snorkeling • Mask and Snorkel (wetsuit required and is $10.00 per person) • Hotel pickup and drop off (select hotels only) • Local taxes • Lunch • Entry/Admission - Crystal River • Entry/Admission - Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park • Entry/Admission - Inverness
Exclusions
Gratuities • Wet Suit rental $10.00 per person Paid to dive shop on the day
Departure details
7725 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee, FL 34747, USA Wild Side Texas BBQ
Walt Disney World Swan, 1200 Epcot Resorts Blvd, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, USA
Firehouse Subs Lake Buena Vista, 12515 FL-535 Ste 515, Orlando, FL 32836, USA
Universal Orlando Resort, 6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819, USA
Rosen Inn International, 7600 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819, USA
Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando, 9000 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819, USA
Señor Frog's, 8747 International Dr #103, Orlando, FL 32819, USA
Duration
12h
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
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 travellers can participate
Post COVID-19 Safety Updates - We politely request that you refrain from taking this tour should you start displaying any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19, or if you are at a high risk of contracting the disease. All driver/guides will be required to wear masks. Face masks are recommended but not mandatory, so please bring your own if you wish to wear one. The size of the vehicle used will be adjusted based on the number of passengers to allow for social distancing and all safety guide lines regarding vehicle sanitation will be followed.
This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 28 travellers
Itinerary
  • You’ll have 7 starting options
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Crystal River
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    See details
  • 3
    Wild Bill's Airboat Tours
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • You'll end at
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Aimee K
1 contribution
Super Fun!
Mar 2021 • Family
Very informative and positive guides. Captains were experts in finding manatee and alligators. We were not disappointed!
Written 17 March 2021
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Jet28107981431
I love manatees!...So glad you had a great time.
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Sarah
Yorkshire, UK35 contributions
Honeymoon Manatees!
Sep 2019 • Couples
An absolutely incredible experience! This is something my husband and I had always wanted to do, and it certainly did not disappoint! The snorkeling with manatees was amazing and we got to see an adult manatee, teenage manatee and a mother and baby! The guide was friendly and the bus picked us up at a very convenient location (we were staying at Universal Studios). After the snorkeling, we visited an alligator rescue centre, had a cruise on an airboat and finally went to a zoo to see even more manatees and other creatures. This was our favourite activity we did on our honeymoon and would highly recommend it!
Written 11 August 2020
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CSOTeam
Thank you so much for your feedback! We are so happy and thrilled that this made the honeymoon. We were delighted to have you and that you chose us for your honeymoon excursion. Hope to see you back for your first anniversary!
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David Campbell
Seattle, WA2 contributions
This trip covers it all
Mar 2020 • Solo
I was able to swim with manatees, including mothers and babies. Then later I saw several alligators in the wild via airboat. A lot of fun for an adult by himself.
Written 11 March 2020
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WoolandaVT
Central Florida has a lot more to offer that just Theme Parks! Glad to hear you had a great time!
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Carolyn S
Kissimmee, FL55 contributions
Amazing!
Jan 2020 • Couples
Crystal River tour from Exploida was great! The staff and the experience is not to be forgotten! Be sure to bring a towel and maybe beach shoes for the boat.
Written 9 February 2020
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WoolandaVT
Thank You!! I am so happy you had an amazing time on your tour. Please keep us in mind for your next tour.
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Leen Fino
Sydney, Australia4 contributions
Nice day with manatees!
Great experience with great staff. However, the lunch provided wasn’t suitable for us as ours required to be Halal or vegetarian.
Written 8 January 2020
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RosieRoo
1 contribution
Best trip ever
Dec 2019 • Family
We had an absolutely amazing day. The tour guides were very friendly and helpful. The food provided was good too. Floating with the Manatees was a breath taking experience that I'll never forget and I highly recommend you to do it. The guide who came into the water with us was very knowledgeable about the Manatees and answered all questions asked.
Written 8 January 2020
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Lucicara
Sao Paulo, SP26 contributions
Take your own food
Nov 2019 • Family
Bad sandwich (for those who eat it), we asked for vegetarian meal and they gave us ham. Manatees are awesomes, and on the boat who is sitting in front of, get very wet, because of the "joke". Tour Guide is the driver itself, doesn't explain too much, but wants the tips.
Written 30 November 2019
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WoolandaVT
My apologies you had this experience. I will certainly pass on this information so we may better serve our guests!
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Scott L
Georgetown, ME22 contributions
Awesome Day
Nov 2019 • Family
This is a lot of fun and a good time of year to swim with manatees entire family had a blast.As you can see your not supposed to touch the manatees but my son came close.It was a great day well organized. Visited a nature park and rode on a Airboat 👍
Written 27 November 2019
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WoolandaVT
I am excited to hear that you and the whole family had a blast and Yes it really is the best time of year and I hope you reach out the next time you are in town.
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Tanya M
1 contribution
Great day!
Be prepared to be gone for 12 hours but you'll enjoy every minute.
It was a smooth ride to the dive shop for wet suits then to boats to see manatees. Captain Bill and Austin were knowledgeable and entertaining and found what we were looking for....MANATEES! Austin took a ton of pics of both the day and animal (which we bought) and I'm greatful because he got some really good shots..
The walk around Hommossa Park was interesting as we got see see most of the animals in the park.
Capping off our day was the airboat ride with Captain Jeff. He parked the boat in a spot by the swimming hole and the peacefulness was incredible.
Would like to thank our tours guides- Valentino and Madeleine for a wonderful day - our 18 year old daughter even enjoyed herself :-)
Written 13 November 2019
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WoolandaVT
Thank you so much for your comments. We are proud to have offered this tour for 20 years. The animals, parks and staff we have, offer a great opportunity to see a little slice of what real Florida has to offer.
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Jenbaldw
Cambridge, UK20 contributions
Trip of a lifetime
Aug 2019
Was bought this for my birthday as it was always something I had always wanted to do. Madeline Was a great guide. On the drive down she entertained us with stories and information about land marks. The breakfast was just enough.
Alex and James were great they were both very entertaining and knowledgeable.
James photos and video taking was great. I came away with some great memories.
The nature reserve was great we saw more Manatees and a hippopotamus, Bears and lots other animals and birds. Would have liked longer but we needed to get to wild bills air boat ride. We were not sure if we could go as the heavens opened and it was raining very hard. while we waited to see if we could go my Grandkids were able to hold baby alligator.
The airboat ride was ok the river was high so wasn’t able to go fast.
A great day that I will always remember. If I come back I would definitely do it again.
Written 10 November 2019
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WoolandaVT
Thank you for spending your birthday with us! This is one of the best tours we offer and Madeline is the best guide ever. We do actually have a lot of repeat guest for this tour as its a great way to see the natural beauty Florida offers.
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