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Plantation on Crystal River

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9301 W Fort Island Trl, Crystal River, FL 34429
+1 352-795-5797
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Unforgettable day ...

I never thought at my age (old) that I would want or be able to do this....Captain Ed and Dustin... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Marilyn W
Awesome experience swimming with the manatees!

Wow, what an amazing trip we shared with our 8 year old granddaughter swimming with the manatees... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Swim alongside the gentle giants with daily tours going out every morning. $65 per person includes all equipment, 5mm wet suits, mask, snorkel, towel service, hot chocolate, coffee, hot showers, and heated changing facility with no parking fees! Ask about our private tours as well. Crystal River offers the best location to see and interact with the Florida manatee, a subspecies of the West Indian manatee, also known as gentle giants. Unlike other areas of Florida, the Federal Government allows for "passive observation" in the water between manatees and people in Kings Bay. This allows face-to-face interaction with manatees. We provide pre-tour education on passive observation and how to get the best experience during the tour.
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9301 W Fort Island Trl, Crystal River, FL 34429
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I never thought at my age (old) that I would want or be able to do this....Captain Ed and Dustin showed me not only could I ,but I did it & I loved it. I was going to stay in the boat while my family...More

Thank Marilyn W
Reviewed 3 days ago

Wow, what an amazing trip we shared with our 8 year old granddaughter swimming with the manatees! Captain John and Captain Thaisy were very friendly and most knowledgeable about the manatees. Captain Thaisy was an excellent and safe driver, and Captain John was very helpful,...More

Thank _normal95a
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Captain Ed and Captain Brain really made this the experience of a lifetime! They were extremely knowledgeable and made sure that our whole group got amazing pictures. This tour really allows you to come face to face with these amazing gentle giants! Definitely can't recommend...More

Thank Kristin_Hobgood
Reviewed 4 days ago

This was quite literally the best experience of our lives. Captain Ed and Memphis knew exactly where to go to find the 'tees. Ed took amazing pictures and videos of us in the water- he could be a professional photographer. He also helped us get...More

Thank justinelong10
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went on the tour 2 times. First with captain Ed and Bob. They were wonderfull!!! Saw loads of manatees real close and Ed shot great pictures. The second time was even better. This time we had captain John en he really took his time. Again...More

Thank Githa B
Paul C, Manager at Plantation on Crystal River, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for the kind words. It is great to hear you went out with us twice. We stive to make every tour special. Thanks Again

Reviewed 1 week ago

Plantation of Crystal River has put together a great adventure for the whole family; swimming face to face with manatees. Their facility is clean and well stocked. Their boats roomy and comfortable. Their staff are knowledgeable and friendly. All together they deliver an amazing experience...More

Thank Jonathan B
Paul C, Manager at Plantation on Crystal River, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for taking time out of your day to write us a review. We appreciate the positive review. Thanks Again

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This trip was more than you could ever imagine.Are captain was steve browning and the boat drivers name was menphis.I am ten years old and I was kind of scared at first but steve was so nice about it and patient with me and when...More

Thank sta42
Paul C, Manager at Plantation on Crystal River, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are so glad you had a great trip. Memphis and Steve will be so happy to read your review. I will make sure they see it. Thanks again and have a Merry Christmas!! Thank...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The staff at Plantation Inn Adventure Center went above and beyond to provide excellent customer service. The overall experience was phenomenal, we swam and interacted with several manatees. The guides took extra time with my 11 year old son to ensure he was comfortable and...More

Thank Anna N
Paul C, Manager at Plantation on Crystal River, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate the positive feedback. We striver to be a family friendly tour operator, and we know the children are the next in line to help protect our manatees. Thank you

Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great time. We had Captains John and Dustin on the tour with a group of Wounded Warriors. They took such good care of us and were so patient with the entire group of 16. Everyone had such a great time and truly...More

Thank tchildress2017
Paul C, Manager at Plantation on Crystal River, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to submit a review on Trip Advisor. It is always a pleasure to help show our Verterans a special experience. We look forward to your next visit with us. Thanks Again!!

Reviewed 1 week ago

So professional, knowledgeable and we received a great experience. Was NOT disappointed . Not many manatees out today but we had some one on one with a few of them. Three sisters spring was beautiful, swimming with a variety of fish, springs are beautiful. The...More

Thank Wanda K
Paul C, Manager at Plantation on Crystal River, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We appreciate you taking the time to write a review. We know it can be difficult when the manatee count is low. The warmer weather can make things difficult on our Captains. It is great to hear they still make a diffference in the warmer...More

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Response from Sunshine31LG | Reviewed this property |
They do provide wetsuits and snorkel gear as part of the price. Better wetsuits/thicker than other places. My granddaughter had to go thru a couple wet suits to find the right fit. Give yourselves extra time for that! If you... More
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