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Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge

Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge Tours and Activities

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If you've ever dreamt of swimming with manatees in their natural habitat, Florida’s Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge is where to go. Established in 1983, the 177-acre (71-hectare) refuge is home to America’s largest concentration of the 1,000-pound gentle giants. West Indian Manatees flock to the more than 70 turquoise-colored springs in Crystal River for warmth during winter. With hundreds of manatees in a small area, sightings are frequent.

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1502 Southeast Kings Bay Drive, Crystal River, Florida, 34429
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Swim with Manatees Adventure

Swim with Manatees Adventure

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Get up close to Florida’s manatees on this small-group snorkeling adventure. With an expert guide leading the way, swim alongside these gentle giants in Kings Bay. All tours include a full wetsuit, mask, snorkel, towel service, heated changing facilities, and hot showers. Photos and video of your excursion are available for purchase.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$63.60
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Swim with the Manatees Includes In-Water Guide and Photographer

Swim with the Manatees Includes In-Water Guide and Photographer

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Swimming with manatees in Crystal River provides a peak experience with these gentle giants in their natural habitat. Benefit from a half-day tour that provides everything you need, including boat transportation, snorkel gear, and wetsuit. Your guide shares detailed commentary about Florida’s ecosystem, and snaps underwater photos for your group. You’ll also have access to a climate-controlled building with indoor changing rooms before and after your tour.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Small group Manatee snorkeling tour with in water guide

Small group Manatee snorkeling tour with in water guide

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Snorkel with manatees in the Crystal River on a wildlife tour that gets you close to the West Indian Manatees that flock to the Crystal River's many freshwater springs. Learn about the remarkable manatees and the ecosystem they depend on, then slip into the water to see the manatees as they swim and feed. Wetsuits and all snorkeling equipment are included in this Crystal River manatee tour, with warm drinks served on board the boat.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Crystal River Manatee Swim in Kings Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Crystal River Manatee Swim in Kings Bay National Wildlife Refuge

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Get to know central Florida’s endangered manatees on this boat tour. Swim and snorkel with these gentle giants at the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, located in King’s Bay in the town of Crystal River — well known as the home of the manatee. Photos above and below the water will be taken throughout the tour and can be purchased afterward, if desired. Use of a mask, snorkel gear and wet suit, plus fees and beverages are included.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Small Group VIP Manatee Pontoon Tour

Small Group VIP Manatee Pontoon Tour

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Swim with the manatees on a half-day pontoon boat tour of Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, a marine refuge designed to protect the threatened Florida manatee. Learn about the fascinating marine mammals on a tour designed for spotting manatees without disturbing them or disrupting their habitat, and explore a scenic Florida ecosystem. This small-group experience is limited to six people for personalized service, and all equipment, entrance fees, water and hot drinks, and snacks are included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Crystal River Manatee Swim or Boat Ride from Orlando

Crystal River Manatee Swim or Boat Ride from Orlando

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Spend a day with central Florida’s manatees on this guided cruise and wildlife park adventure. Begin with a boat ride on the Crystal River, home of the manatee. Swim and snorkel with these gentle giants, then enjoy the afternoon at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. This is one of the best places in the state to watch manatees, as well as other animals, like bears, panthers and alligators in their natural environment. Breakfast and a picnic lunch, plus an Orlando-area hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Small Group Swim with Manatee Adventure

Small Group Swim with Manatee Adventure

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One of the densest populations of West Indian manatees can be found in Crystal River, Florida. Swim alongside the gentle creatures on a trip into the river, with a wetsuit and snorkel mask included. Your guide, who navigates to the best spotting locations, accompanies you into the water in addition to taking souvenir photos available for purchase. To ensure your comfort, dry towels, hot drinks, and showers are provided.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Manatee Tour

Private Manatee Tour

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Get to know central Florida’s endangered manatees on this private, 3-hour tour and boat cruise. Swim and snorkel with these gentle giants at the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, located in King’s Bay in the town of Crystal River — well known as the home of the manatee. Photos above and below the water will be taken throughout the tour and can be purchased later, if desired. Use of a mask, snorkel gear and wet suit, plus fees and beverages are included.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Swim and Snorkel with Manatees in a Guided Crystal River Tour

Swim and Snorkel with Manatees in a Guided Crystal River Tour

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Mother approved with no age limit. American Pro Diving Center helps visitors and locals explore the clear, teeming waters of Florida with year-round manatee tour adventures. This tour is for both swimmers and riders. All the equipment is included on this manatee snorkel tour in Crystal River, Florida. Snorkelers don on wet suits, mask, snorkel and fins to see a large population of resident sea cows. Our in-water guides known as the Dive-master keep the experience safe and fun for both manatees and people. Snorkelers swim with these gentle giants for a once in a lifetime experience. Don’t forget to smile as our guide videos the excursion which is available after the tour on flash drive. Rain or shine our boats are covered and on cold days, hot chocolate. Hope to see you soon.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Private Swim with Manatee Adventure in Crystal River

Private Swim with Manatee Adventure in Crystal River

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Crystal River is home to one of the densest manatee populations in the country. With the trained eye of your guide, visit the best spotting locations to swim with the gentle giants of King’s Bay. The private tour ensures the full attention of your guide, as well as closer interaction with the manatees. For your comfort and convenience, wetsuits, hot drinks, and towel service are included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Should I book Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 10 Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge costs USD 63.60. Guided Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge tours start around USD 63.60 per person. See all 10 Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge tickets and tours on Viator.
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