Florida Manatees, Nature Park, and Airboat Tour From Orlando

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USD18900

Free cancellation

A full refund will apply if you cancel more than 24 hours before the activity start time.

Duration12 hours
Guide LanguageEnglish
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About

Make your way to the designated meeting point closest to your accommodations. After meeting your group and getting an overview of your day, head out to the Crystal River area on the Gulf coast.
Gear up for your manatee snorkeling adventure with your provided snorkel equipment and your own wetsuit (rent before the boat’s departure). Learn all about the unique West Indian manatee then jump in the water to see them up close.
If you opt for the tour that departs on Monday, Wednesday or Friday - head to Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, home to wildlife including the endangered Florida panther, black bears, red wolves, bobcats. alligators, and flamingos. See Nature’s Fish Bowl, an underwater observatory, and learn about the park’s own manatee rehabilitation program. Lunch is included here.
Finally, conclude your day with an exciting airboat ride on the Withlacoochee River where you can see more wildlife in its natural habitat (Included in the full tour only).
Your tour concludes back at the meeting point.

Highlights

Get up close and personal with Florida manatees on a snorkel trip
See wildlife at Homosassa Springs State Park (if option selected)
Enjoy a thrilling airboat ride on the Withlacoochee River (if option selected)
Round-trip transit from Orlando, lunch and tickets all included

Itinerary

You’ve come all the way to Florida, so it makes sense to actually see as much of it as possible, and no other tour provides such a wide-ranging, in-depth experience as this tour.
This action-packed day starts with a full overview of your day as you head out to the beautiful Crystal River area on the Gulf coast, 80 miles north-west of Orlando. This is the Manatee Capital of the World, and the only place in America where it is legal to swim with manatees, in their natural habitat.
It's also home to stunning natural springs and loads of wildlife. You’ll meet an essential part of it as you gear up for the signature Manatee Snorkel under the supervision of a Coast Guard Certified Captain*. You will learn all about the unique West Indian manatee – and then get to see some of them, up close and personal in the crystal-clear waters!
* NB: any person wishing to do the manatee swim must hire a wetsuit prior to boat departure. Snorkel equipment is provided free.
You'll then head off to 210-acre Homosassa Springs State Park, a genuine hidden gem of Florida nature, where there is plenty of local wildlife to see and hear about, including the endangered Florida panther, black bears, red wolves, bobcats and alligators, as well as a profusion of birdlife, notably whooping cranes and flamingos.
Also here is the unique sight of Nature’s Fish Bowl, an underwater observatory built over the mouth of the main spring where a huge number of fish hang out, while the Park has its own manatee rehabilitation program to provide another exciting glimpse of these rare sea mammals. NOTE TUESDAY AND THURSDAY OPTIONS ARE SWIM AND LUNCH ONLY - NO STATE PARK OR AIRBOAT
Finally, the day will conclude with an exciting airboat ride on the Withlacoochee River, another natural haven where you can see more wildlife in its natural habitat and enjoy the thrill of skimming the water at up to 45mph in these exhilarating, flat-bottomed craft. NOTE TUESDAY AND THURSDAY OPTIONS ARE SWIM AND LUNCH ONLY - NO STATE PARK OR AIRBOAT

Inclusions

Complimentary Mask and Snorkel
Professional and Certified Tour Guide
Roundtrip Transportation from International Drive, Disney and Kissimmee
Lunch
All taxes and fees
Admission into Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park (Included Only with Full Day Option)
Airboat ride on the Withlacoochee River (Included Only with Full Day Option)
Boat tour of Kings Bay and Crystal River

Exclusions

Mandatory $15 wetsuit rental fee for any swimmers
Gratuities
Meals and drinks not mentioned

Additional Information

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Service animals allowed
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels

Guide Languages

  • English

Cancellation Policy

  • A full refund will apply if you cancel more than 24 hours before the activity start time.

  • No refund is possible if you cancel less than 24 hours before the activity start time.