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Crystal River Manatee Swim or Boat Ride from Orlando

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Orlando, United States
Crystal River Manatee Swim or Boat Ride from Orlando
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icon10 hours  (Approx.)
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Overview

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.
  • 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
  • Breakfast and lunch included
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Driver/guide
Breakfast
Lunch
Pickup and drop-off from designated meeting points
Use of snorkel equipment, mask, snorkel and fins.
River cruise to look for the manatees
Admission into Homosassa State Park
Gratuities
Wetsuits (available to hire)

Departure Point

6300 Hollywood Way, Orlando, FL 32819, USA

For Universal Resort Guests. Pick-up area is the PACIFICA ballroom lobby located at the rear of the resort on Pacifica Way if catching an Uber to the location. Departure time from this location is 06:00am. Please inform Gray Line you are boarding here on 407-522-5911 the day prior to tour.

Departure Time

7:00 AM

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Departure Point

6515 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819, USA

Please wait outside the hotel lobby. Departure time from this location is 06:05am. Please inform Gray Line you are boarding here on 407-522-5911 the day prior to tour.

Departure Time

7:00 AM

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Departure Point

8375 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819, USA

Free Parking at this location. This stop will be assigned to guests that do not contact Gray Line to confirm their pickup location & time. Departure time from this location is 06:10am. Please let Gray Line know you are boarding here -please call 407-522-5911 the day prior.

Departure Time

7:00 AM

Return Details

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Departure Point

8707 Vineland Ave, Orlando, FL 32821, USA

Free parking at this location, please park and wait towards the back of the carpark, away from the restaurant entrance. Departure time from this location is 06:20am. Please inform Gray Line you are boarding here on 407-522-5911 the day prior to tour.

Departure Time

7:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Departure Point

Swan Hotel, 1200 Epcot Resorts Blvd, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, USA

This is the pick-up location for all resorts in Walt Disney World. Please wait the entrance to the convention center, located to the left side of the lobby when looking from the roundabout. Departure time from this location is 06:35am. Please inform Gray Line you are boarding here on 407-522-5911.

Departure Time

7:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Departure Point

7769 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee, FL 34747, USA

Free Parking at this location. This is the final stop and will be assigned to guests that do not contact Gray Line to confirm their pickup location & time. Departure time from this location is 06:45am. Please let Gray Line know you are boarding here -please call 407-522-5911 the day prior.

Departure Time

7:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • A small amount of walking is involved at your leisure through the State Park
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line Orlando

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Crystal River Manatee Swim or Boat Ride from Orlando?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Crystal River Manatee Swim or Boat Ride from Orlando?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Crystal River Manatee Swim or Boat Ride from Orlando?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Crystal River Manatee Swim or Boat Ride from Orlando.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Crystal River Manatee Swim or Boat Ride from Orlando?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Crystal River Manatee Swim or Boat Ride from Orlando.

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Memorable
Alysha_S
, Jun 2021
We had so much fun!! Our driver Paul, was super friendly and kind. Our tour guides were “Tom and Jerry” and they did a fantastic job at finding us manatees to swim with! The lunch was spectacular as well! Because of covid they could not provide breakfast but instead, upgraded us to free gear to use!
1 traveler found this review helpful
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Do not miss!
Erin_O
, May 2021
They were all so amazing. All staff were all so nice. Floating over the manatee was an experience like none other. The wet suit is a must in the cold, clear water. So shallow, yet you have to float over with a pool noodle so that you do not stir up the shallow floor underneath. Even if you don't go in, they can be seen with the 2-5 foot depths of the river. If you put your face in, can hear them munching on the sea grass. Very gentile, graceful, peaceful creatures. A shame that they are on the endangered list. An Iconic Florida experience. Highly recommended!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Best memorable trip
Lizz_Daniel
, Apr 2021
Most wonderful trip and best memories that we will cherish for forever ! Once in a lifetime opportunity that we now have pictures to last a lifetime!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Swim with Manatees in there natural habitat
TravelCruiser2019
, Oct 2019
This is a wonderful tour where you get very close to these gentle creatures in their habitat. No snorkeling or dive experience required. You get a noodle to keep you afloat and they swim right up to you. Such a special expertise not to be missed if your in Orlando.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Great day
Roving14682260080
, Mar 2019
This was a pleasant day for sure. It was towards the end of the season for the manatees (went in early March) so it took us a while to find them but eventually we were able to swim with 4 of them. The nature park in the afternoon was decent as well. Our guide was excellent, unfortunately I've forgotten his name but he was great all day.
2 travelers found this review helpful
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I would choose a different operator...
Deepa P
, Dec 2016
I would choose a different operator if not for the diving shop they took us to. American Pro Diving's Phil Eledge was our instructor on the meet the manatee swim. He was patient, courteous and I definitely recommend his place for diving adventures. The Gray line bus tour was a disappointment to say the least..its supposed to be a 10-12 hour day trip that includes breakfast, lunch. But 2 people in my group including myself didnt get breakfast- reason was that they ran out of supplies!! No apology nothing! The driver was quiet and grumpy all along the way. We spent 2 hours for the swim with manatee 1.5 hours in water, half hour to change into swimwear and watch the instruction videos etc , 2 hours or so in the State park. Thats it. Rest was all commute and picking/dropping people. I don't think they behaved courteously with international travelers on top of that! I went on another trip with Dolphin tours and they were definitely better than this ! I won't be back to this group !
star-5
Our guide was informative and really...
vanlear
, Oct 2016
Our guide was informative and really wanted us to have a good experience. Despite it not being manatee season, we were able to find a few manatees including a mom and her calf.

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