River Ventures Manatee Tour Center

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    Private Houseboat Manatee Tour

    Holy sea cows! This 4-hour chartered adventure will have you swimming with the manatees, as you experience a guided snorkeling trip to some of the best spots in the Crystal River Wildlife refuge. You'll also get to enjoy the comforts of a decked-out house boat in between swims, where you can kick back with some complimentary snacks and beverages. In the water, you'll get up close and personal to Florida's most iconic underwater mammals, guided in your adventure by an intrepid captain committed to showing you a good time. You'll also receive access to a number of photographs to commemorate your day. That's good, because you're going to need visual proof that all of this actually happened!
    Private Houseboat Manatee Tour

    498 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River

    • Swim alongside friendly Florida sea cows during a guided tour along Florida's Crystal River
    • Snorkel at multiple locations throughout the Crystal River Wildlife Refuge
    • Make use of a stocked private houseboat, with complimentary non-alcoholic drinks and snacks
    • Experience the thrill of getting up close to an underwater mammal that can grow up to 1300 pounds
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    Daily Manatee Tours (Weekend & Peak)

    "Swim with the manatees" burning a hole in your bucket list? Then why not take a fun-for-all-ages Manatee Tour, where you can jump in the water and swim with these friendly, curious, slow-moving giants? Before embarking on your adventure, you'll be instructed on how to interact in a way that's fun for both you and the manatees. Shortly afterwards, you'll be whisked away by a covered, U.S. Coast Guard inspected boat to the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, where you'll finally get to meet the famed manatees. And while you and your new sea friends are having fun, your in-water tour guides will be photographing the highlights of this truly remarkable experience. The manatees are waiting to play!
    Daily Manatee Tours (Weekend & Peak)

    498 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River

    • Take a U.S. Coast Guard inspected boat to the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, where you will go snorkeling with the gentlest giants of the sea -- manatees!
    • Get high-resolution pictures highlighting your entire manatee swim tour
    • All snorkeling gear is provided, including wetsuits
    • Have an in-water experience you'll never forget
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    Daily Manatee Tours

    "Swim with the manatees" burning a hole in your bucket list? Then why not take a fun-for-all-ages Manatee Tour, where you can jump in the water and swim with these friendly, curious, slow-moving giants? Before embarking on your adventure, you'll be instructed on how to interact in a way that's fun for both you and the manatees. Shortly afterwards, you'll be whisked away by a covered, U.S. Coast Guard inspected boat to the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, where you'll finally get to meet the famed manatees. And while you and your new sea friends are having fun, your in-water tour guides will be photographing the highlights of this truly remarkable experience. The manatees are waiting to play!
    Daily Manatee Tours

    498 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River

    • Take a U.S. Coast Guard inspected boat to the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, where you will go snorkeling with the gentlest giants of the sea -- manatees!
    • Get high-resolution pictures highlighting your entire manatee swim tour
    • All snorkeling gear is provided, including wetsuits
    • Have an in-water experience you'll never forget
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    Tandem Kayaking (Full Day)

    A few hours in nature not enough for the two of you? During this event, you'll be left to explore the lush environment of Crystal River- for a full day! You'll be paddling a top-end kayak that offers safety features such as a sit-on top, as well as ample storage for beverages and gear, such as a camera to capture sights along the way. And that's good news, since Crystal River is known for its large manatee population, and is popular with adventurists who enjoy both serene natural beauty and exotic wildlife. In addition to manatees, you may well spot a host of other wildlife, including dolphins, herons, otters, pelicans, and eagles. If it sounds like heaven, that's because it is. Wildlife heaven, anyway.
    Tandem Kayaking (Full Day)

    498 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River

    • Embark on a tandem kayaking adventure along Crystal River, home to a thriving manatee population
    • Explore tributaries of the main river, including Three Sisters springs, home to vibrant, clear waters
    • Take in the sights and sounds of a lush natural landscape during an intimate, private paddle
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    Kayaking (Full Day)

    A few hours in nature not enough for you? During this event, you'll be left to explore the lush environment of Crystal River all on your own- for a full day! You'll be paddling a top-end kayak that offers safety features such as a sit-on top, as well as ample storage for beverages and gear, such as a camera to capture sights along the way. And that's good news, since Crystal River is known for its large manatee population, and is popular with adventurists who enjoy both serene natural beauty and exotic wildlife. In addition to manatees, you may well spot a host of other wildlife, including dolphins, herons, otters, pelicans, and eagles. If it sounds like heaven, that's because it is. Wildlife heaven, anyway.
    Kayaking (Full Day)

    498 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River

    • Embark on a kayaking adventure along Crystal River, home to a thriving manatee population
    • Explore tributaries of the main river, including Three Sisters springs, home to vibrant, clear waters
    • Take in the sights and sounds of a lush natural landscape during an intimate, private paddle
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    Kayaking (Half Day)

    Doth nature beckon? During this event, you'll be left to explore the lush environment of Crystal River all on your own. You'll be paddling a top-end kayak that offers safety features such as a sit-on top, as well as ample storage for beverages and gear, such as a camera to capture sights along the way. And that's good news, since Crystal River is known for its large manatee population, and is popular with adventurists who enjoy both serene natural beauty and exotic wildlife. In addition to manatees, you may well spot a host of other wildlife, including dolphins, herons, otters, pelicans, and eagles. If it sounds like heaven, that's because it is. Wildlife heaven, anyways.
    Kayaking (Half Day)

    498 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River

    • Embark on a kayaking adventure along Crystal River, home to a thriving manatee population
    • Explore tributaries of the main river, including Three Sisters springs, home to vibrant, clear waters
    • Take in the sights and sounds of a lush natural landscape during an intimate, private paddle
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    Scalloping Harvest Trip

    This tour may well reduce you to a state of shell shock. But that's only because of the sheer number of scallops involved! This full service scalloping tour will take you around to some of the best harvesting grounds in the grass flats and crystalline waters of Citrus County. You'll be diving in shallow waters typically no deeper than 5 feet, bagging scallops, and storing them in ice chests on your chartered boat. Along the way, you'll have the perfect opportunity to observe some of the area wildlife, including sea turtles and dolphins, as well as coral, sponges, and a variety of aquatic plantlife!
    Scalloping Harvest Trip

    498 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River

    • Embark on a snorkeling and harvesting adventure along some of Florida's best scalloping grounds
    • Enjoy scenic views of Crystal River and the Gulf of Mexico from comfortable boat with Bimini tops to keep you shaded
    • Take home scallops to enjoy later, gathering them yourself underwater and storing them in coolers provided on the boat
    • Dive into crystalline waters rife with aquatic plants and wildlife, including turtles and dolphins
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