Crystal River Manatee Swim or Boat Ride from Orlando


Free cancellation

A full refund will apply if you cancel more than a day before the activity start time.

Duration9 hours
Guide LanguageEnglish
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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. An Orlando-area hotel pickup and drop-off included.


See Florida wildlife in their natural environment
Take a cruise along the Crystal River, home of the manatee
Visit Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
Watch manatees, bears, panthers and alligators
Pickup from select Orlando locations


The boat will drive into the wildlife refuge where you will hope to see wild manatees on the river. You will be on the boat at least 90 mins.
We will visit the State Park at Homosassa. You will walk around the State Park and see the animals and view the manatees in the underwater viewing chamber at this hospital facility for injured manatees. There is also a cafe at the park so you could purchase lunch here if you wish, or if you prefer to pack yourself a picnic they do have picnic tables you can use inside the park.
Upon arrival at the picturesque Crystal River, you will enjoy a fabulous narrated boat tour. You will be provided masks, snorkels & fins, and encouraged to swim alongside these friendly creatures under the guidance of certified dive masters.
The manatees are endangered and have come to the Florida springs year-round to find shelter and food. In the winter months the manatee population can reach several hundred and during summer, the average count is 80. They are "gentle giants" and have no teeth.
After your cruise, you head to Homosassa State Wildlife Park, famous throughout Florida for the rehabilitation of injured animals. It is here you’ll have the chance to see the current manatee residents at the park during an informative and entertaining feeding session with one of the park rangers. You’ll also see bears, panthers, alligators and even a hippo as you explore the rest of the park.
Roundtrip transport from the Orlando area and a knowledgeable driver-guide is also included.


Admission into Homosassa State Park
Pickup and drop-off from designated meeting points
River cruise to look for the manatees
Use of snorkel equipment, mask, snorkel and fins.


Wetsuits must be hired - Mandatory $15 fee

Additional Information

  • Infants are required to sit on an adult’s lap
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • A small amount of walking is involved at your leisure through the State Park

Guide Languages

  • English

Cancellation Policy

  • A full refund will apply if you cancel more than a day before the activity start time.

  • No refund is possible if you cancel less than a day before the activity start time.