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River Ventures Manatee Tour Center

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498 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429-4718
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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 do, and it shows! Our Endangered Encounter manatee tours are our specialty, but we have so much more to offer! Air boat tours,VIP customized packages,Stand Up Paddle Boards, Scallop charters, sunset cruises, private charters, guided paddle tours on multiple rivers....we have much more to offer than you would expect!Spend the day or spend the week and River Ventures will introduce you to 'More than Manatee'!! Tours to snorkel with the manatees in their natural habitat are conducted daily, year round (reservations in advance are highly suggested). Our highly experienced in-water guides will escort you into the refuge to find the endangered manatee for viewing and up close encounters. River Ventures offers daily group trips of up to 12, and also offers private trips for both large and small groups including VIP and houseboat tours.
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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498 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429-4718
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"captain wade"
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"photo cd"
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"a great experience"
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"manatee tour"
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"office staff"
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"captain laura"
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"baby manatee"
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"wet suits"
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"vip tour"
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"these gentle giants"
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"swim with manatees"
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"the entire staff"
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"hot chocolate"
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"once in a lifetime"
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"semi private tour"
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"early tour"
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Reviewed today via mobile

We were staying in Orlando but decide it was worth the drive to come see the Manatee’s. We are so glad we made the 2hr drive. We have 4 kids and did the private tour with Heidi and Capt Stark. It was an incredible day...More

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Reviewed today

These guys have this tour down to a science - a very friendly science. They are personable and informed. We went in July which isn't even a good time for seeing manatees and we still got to swim with a ton of them. I recommend...More

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Reviewed yesterday

Our family of 5 had the BEST time with Ms Heidi and Captain Emerson. Our kids age range from 7-10 years and we all had an awesome time. We snorkeled on crystal river and saw a momma and baby manatee up close, and then we...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Our family of 8 had a private manatee tour today. Our 2 & 4 year old wouldn’t swim but the crew was extremely patient and wonderful. Captain Wade wanted to make sure that we all we’re able to see the gentle giants and kept the...More

1  Thank HEIDI W
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

You can't really see the manitees without a great guide and these two are! They were both very customer service oriented and well versed regarding scuba diving, the manitees and the local history of Crystal River.

Thank CHRIS H
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Captain John Stark and Heidi were AMAZING! On July 13 we saw four manatees not five minutes into the trip. Captain John was knowledgeable, an expert captain and fun! Heidi was a party - enjoying our fun family energy and adding to it...an expert “in...More

Thank iwonder3
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RiverVentures, Manager at River Ventures Manatee Tour Center, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks a bunch for reaching out with this beautiful feedback! John and Heidi make a super team and I think you gave Heidi one of the most awesome compliments ever! I mean, who wouldn't be excited to be described as 'a party'?? She genuinely is...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This was the best tour ever , the young lady Crystal made us feel right at home and welcome very professional and helpful I’m pleased to say we all a great time from age 4 to 59 all had a chance to see the manatee...More

Thank Elizabeth S
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RiverVentures, Manager at River Ventures Manatee Tour Center, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Crystal is one the most awesome guides in the manatee biz and we are so glad you noticed! Having someone who is knowledgeable, passionate and fun as your guide can really make such a difference in your experience! And we agree...this experience is perfect for...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

My dad and I took the 6:15 tour this morning with Captain Wade and Irish Dave. We loved every second of it!! We kept our expectations low knowing it was off season, so we were thrilled when our guides quickly led us to 4 manatees....More

Thank mcfarea
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RiverVentures, Manager at River Ventures Manatee Tour Center, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

We truly appreciate this feedback and Irish Dave with Wade as Captain is a super way to show the family an awesome time!! The whole crew is so glad you had fun and we hope you get the chance to come back and see us...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Spent the day with Heidi and Tanner and they were absolutely amazing! Went on a manatee swim and then diving for scallops and there wasn’t a moment we weren’t smiling from ear to ear. Would highly recommend.

Thank Quincie M
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Awesome!! We just loved it. Tanner and Heidi were the best. They showed us many beautiful places and were very helpful and made us feel safe. They answered all of our questions and were very patient. We saw 5 manatees in different places - even...More

Thank Mia L
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RiverVentures, Manager at River Ventures Manatee Tour Center, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you so much for sharing your amazing experience with the world, this gives us a lot to live up to but we welcome the challenge!! Tanner and Heidi make a super team, between Heidi's passion and excitement along with Tanner's knowledge and safe practices,...More

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777tara
16 June 2018|
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Response from Dorothy J | Reviewed this property |
We took a private tour; believe it was around 10am
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Rachel B
5 June 2018|
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Response from Rachel B |
Thanks I appreciate you taking the time to respond but unfortunately that number didn’t work, just kept ringing. Does anyone have an email address I could try? Thanks
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Tiffiny N
9 May 2018|
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Response from Dorothy J | Reviewed this property |
We were there around the last week of May and saw plenty of manatees. The moms with young tend to stay around.
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