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River Ventures Manatee Tour Center

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“captain wade”(60 reviews)
“manatee tour”(224 reviews)
River Ventures is a full service Tour center located in beautiful Crystal River, Florida. We offer many tour options to share all that the Nature Coast has to show you and we emphasize education about these Eco-systems!We have a passion for what we...more
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498 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429-4718
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

What an awesome trip we had with John Stark and JJ. Literally just got off our boat and the manatees came to see us. They were very interactive with us. Can’t wait to come back. 👍👍

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank KevinI67
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

What an amazing experience! Such a welcoming group of people, they made us feel welcome from the moment we walked in. My 1w year old was nervous about being on the water, John and Tom were very patient with her. She decided to get out...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed yesterday

Captain Tanner gave us a great tour of Kings Bay. We saw manatees, other wildlife and he knew a lot of the history of the area. He answered all of our questions and shared experiences. We highly recommend this boat trip and Tanner. There was...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Barb O
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Wonderful tour with Capt. Mike and Jose. Up close swim with multiple manatee. Both were knowledgeable of manatee behavior, the ecology of the Crystal River area and the local species we saw. Jose took many wonderful pictures of the experience with these wonderful animals. There...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank docsully
Reviewed 2 days ago

Fantastic opportunity to be up close and personal with manatees in their environment. Tanner and Jose did a wonderful job preparing us, getting us to the right spots, and then guiding us to interact safely and as unobtrusively as possible with these beautiful beasts.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Stephen S
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Had a good time on this tour with Wade and Matt. I like how realistic they are about what you’ll see. I went on the 615am tour for the best shot and we had a lot of success. Everyone at the company was really nice...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Captain Brody(?) and Tom did a great job on our tour of recent. It was warm/hot and had been so i was not sure if we would find any manatees at all. The fiend I was with really wanted to go - so I said...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Kim B
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Second time here with this group and they didn’t disappoint! Had another amazing experience and wouldn’t do this manatee swim with any other group than River Ventures. The professional, knowledgeable, courteous and friendly staff are awesome! We saw and swam with many manatees and had...More

Thank 922lucettea
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We had an amazing experience with River Ventures. We booked the semi-private tour at 6:45 in hopes of seeing more manatees and to have more time in the water with the manatees and less people in our tour group. I would highly recommend the extra...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Callie2498
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

What a great experience! This is the real deal to see and interact with manatees in their own environment. Wonderfully organized with a short informative educational talk and video to begin the tour. Will definitely look into this company’s other tours and experiences for future...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Kevin S
13 January 2019|
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Response from Maura B | Reviewed this property |
It all depends on the weather so it’s hard to say. The warmer it is here the less likely you are to see them. They swim out to cooler water when the extreme Florida heat comes back. April can be hit or miss. Going in the... More
9 December 2018|
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Response from RiverVentures | Property representative |
There are dozens of hotels and motels in the area. We also offer lodging at our property in Homosassa at a treehouse retreat (available to book on our website). We send many of our visitors to the Holiday Inn and the Hampton... More
8 November 2018|
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Response from PatBrighton78 | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can all fit on the one boat