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    Swim with Manatees & Everglades Airboat Adventure

    Your day starts in Orlando with an all-you-can-eat breakfast. Then, it's off to join a team of manatee experts for a narrated boat cruise on the picturesque Crystal River, home to one of the world's largest populations of endangered West Indian manatees. You'll learn how this large, harmless aquatic mammal is under threat due to loss of habitat. With your provided mask and snorkel, you are encouraged to go for a swim and snorkel with the manatees while under the guidance of certified dive masters! After your cruise, enjoy a picnic-style lunch overlooking this beautiful sanctuary. Your adventure continues in the afternoon with an exhilarating 45-minute airboat tour on the Homosassa River. During your airboat ride, keep your eyes peeled for manatees and dolphins, as well as a host of other wildlife. To end your day, you'll visit Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, famous throughout Florida for its efforts in rehabilitating injured animals. You'll see more manatees during an informative and entertaining feeding session with a park ranger. You can also see bears, panthers, alligators and even a hippo as you explore the rest of the park. Afterward, you'll be taken back to Orlando.
    Swim with Manatees & Everglades Airboat Adventure

    Downtown Orlando, Orlando

    • Cruise along the picturesque Crystal River
    • Swim and snorkel with the manatees under the guidance of certified dive masters
    • Enjoy a picnic-style lunch as you take in the views of the beautiful sanctuary
    • Visit the famous Homosassa Springs Wildlife State park and see various wildlife, including bears, panthers, and alligators
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    Florida Everglades Airboat Tour and Alligator Encounter

    You'll be picked up from select Orlando locations before departing on a 1-hour bus ride to the Florida Everglades. Once you arrive at the 13-acre (5-hectare) park, board the airboat for an airboat eco-tour, during which you'll travel deep into the 4,200 acres (1,699 hectares) of protected swamps, marshes and rivers that make up the Central Florida Everglades. Get an in-depth look at the gators, birds, eagles, trees and plants that make up these beautiful wetlands from your certified US Coast Guard-approved captain. Explore a quiet, unspoiled part of Florida, where you won't see any urban development. After your exciting airboat ride, watch a live alligator demonstration! During this 20-minute hands-on experience, learn all about the American alligator, including its habits as well as the types of dangers associated with gators. You'll also get to hold or touch the gator! Then, take some time to explore the amazing wildlife park on your own and visit the wildlife exhibits. Spot a zebra, a white-tailed deer, Watusi cattle, gators, tortoises and more before visiting the tropical bird aviary. Discover the Hawk Swamp boardwalk, which takes you through a pristine Florida cypress swamp ecosystem, and make sure to take a stroll along the 500-foot (124-meter) sightseeing dock for amazing views of the park.
    Florida Everglades Airboat Tour and Alligator Encounter

    Select Orlando locations, Orlando

    • Board an airboat and journey deep into the 4,200 acres of swamps, marshes, and rivers of the Everglades
    • Spot gators, birds, eagles, and various other wildlife that inhabit the wetlands
    • Watch a live alligator demonstration and hold or touch the gator
    • Explore the beautiful wildlife park at your leisure and see zebras, deer, tortoises, and cattle
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    Blue Spring State Park Kayaking Manatee Encounter

    Journey in a kayak through Blue Springs State Park, winter home to one of Florida's largest populations of Manatee. You will witness hundreds relaxing in the spring alone as a Florida Master Naturalist introduces you to the flora and fauna that make up this wild area. Next, your group will paddle to the entrance of the spring run, park the kayaks, then walk the entire length of the spring run for a guided walk with plenty of time for photographs. Afterwards you will paddle towards the Snake River and/or Hontoon Island. Hontoon Island is packed with manatee, otter, and sun worshiping gators. Overhead you will see bald eagles, osprey, and red shoulder hawks scan the water and marshes for their next meal. On the river bank you can spot large wading birds, coots, moorhens, and the occasional wild hog. Reconnect with nature and see a ton of wildlife you wouldn't otherwise get to see up close.
    Blue Spring State Park Kayaking Manatee Encounter

    Blue Spring State Park, Orange City

    • Kayak through the Blue Springs State park to observe the Manatee population
    • Spot a variety of wildlife including bald eagles, red shoulder hawks, otters, alligators, and an array of birds
    • Explore Snake River and Hontoon Island and discover more wildlife in the sky, on the river banks, and gliding through the waters
    • Take amazing photos to share with family and friends
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    Winter Park Chain of Lakes Kayaking

    This tour offers a guided paddle through three of the seven lakes on the beautiful Winter Park chain of lakes, including three, narrow garden-lined canals. You may observe a variety of wildlife including great Blue Herons swooping waterside to snag a fish or lazy alligators languishing on a nearby bank. Every tour is filled with plenty of swaying palms, towering cypress trees, lush ferns, and a variety of flourishing sub-tropical flowers. This scenic cruise features breathtaking views of opulent private homes and exquisite estates sprawling along the shores. As evening approaches, find your way to Kraft Azalea Gardens for romantic flowered paths and a beautiful lakeside view. Before returning to Dinky dock, you will stop at a small private island to enjoy a spread of cheeses, fruits, veggies, crackers, cold cuts, chocolates and of course a possible swim to cool off. Enjoy a fun adventure and beautiful tour of the area.
    Winter Park Chain of Lakes Kayaking

    Dinky Dock Park, Winter Park

    • Enjoy a guided kayak tour through Winter Park Chain of Lakes
    • Paddle through three of the seven lakes as you observe blue herons, alligators, and view exquisite waterfront estates
    • Eat a delicious spread of cheese, fruit, veggies, crackers, and more
    • Experience the flowered paths of Kraft Azalea Gardens and cool off during a fun swim
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    Clearwater Beach Day Trip with Sea Screamer Boat Ride

    After pickup from your hotel and an approximate 1.5-hour trip from Orlando aboard your comfortable coach, you'll arrive at Clearwater Beach. Enjoy a couple of hours to spend however you wish before heading to the marina. Then, hop aboard the Sea Screamer for your one-hour speedboat ride up the coast of Florida's Gulf of Mexico. This great family attraction, safe for all ages, is a thrilling ride that you will never forget! With its dual twin turbo-charged diesel engines, the 72-foot (22-meter) Sea Screamer reaches speeds up to 35 miles (56 km) per hour. Cruise through Clearwater Harbor and Sand Key Park as the boat captain shares interesting facts about the area. Then hold onto your hat as the boat screams past beaches along the shoreline, and look out for bottlenose dolphins that play in the boat's wake. Back on the beach, your time is yours to do as you wish - go for a swim or a stroll on Clearwater's soft sand, bodyboard in the waves or just work on your tan. If you wish, browse the souvenir shops or stay on the beach, where you can rent a beach umbrella or watersports equipment - all available onsite.
    Clearwater Beach Day Trip with Sea Screamer Boat Ride

    Select Orlando Hotels, Orlando

    • Embark on a thrilling speedboat ride up the coast of Florida's Gulf of Mexico
    • Learn interesting facts about the area as you cruise through Clearwater Harbor and Sand Key park
    • Frolic along the soft sand of Clearwater and enjoy a swim, walk, or bodyboarding session
    • Savor a satisfying lunch at a street cafe or have your very own beach picnic
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    Evening Airbot Ride

    It's time to connect with the gator tracker deep within yourself. On this adventure you will be riding on an airboat, guided by a knowledgeable captain. Your journey takes you through Lake Jesup, home of the largest alligator population in Florida. Have fun as alligators and their nesting locations are pointed out to you by your licensed captain and tour guide. You will also tour Bird Island, the largest colony of wading birds in the county according to the Seminole Audubon Society. Alligators can reach over 13 feet in length and weigh over 800 pounds, so you'll want to keep your camera ready!
    Evening Airbot Ride

    2356 Black Hammock Fish Camp Rd, Oviedo

    • Experience Lake Jesup at night, home of the largest alligator population in Florida, from the safety of an airboat
    • Take in the nature and wildlife around you as you search for alligators in the wild
    • Snap photos of the huge creatures as they sun themselves on the banks
    • Enjoy a thrilling yet safe adventure guided by a knowledgeable captain
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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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    Wekiva River Kayaking

    Only minutes from Orlando, this paddling trip is a beautifully scenic adventure along the Wekiva River. You will enjoy a day of paddling clear waters, sand pine scrubs, hammocks, pine flatwoods, and blackwater swamps. You'll have the opportunity to observe alligators, the rare black bear, manatees, and numerous wading birds, all from the safety of your kayak. Enjoy a light lunch, picnic style, on the riverside before reaching the river's end and taking a complimentary shuttle back to your car. Enjoy this laid back tour and witness parts of nature many people have never seen.
    Wekiva River Kayaking

    Katie's Landing, Sanford

    • Enjoy a guided kayak tour along the Wekiva River
    • Observe alligators, black bears, manatees, and an array of birds from the safety of your kayak
    • Eat a delicious picnic style lunch on the riverside
    • Experience this amazing ecosystem and appreciate its delicate balance
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    Wild Airboat Tour

    Climb aboard as Wild Willy's airboat tour will introduce you to wildlife you just can't see in the city. Perfect for families, this tour will give you one hour on the water with experienced guides. You will hear fun anecdotes about the wildlife along with cool facts about the area. See not just alligators but blue herons, ospreys, cranes and other birds up close. However, you will never be in any danger with these guides. Although, maybe you'll find out just how many alligators lurk below the surface.
    Wild Airboat Tour

    4715 Kissimmee Park Rd, Saint Cloud

    • See the real Florida on this wild airboat tour
    • Spend one hour on Lake Tohopekaliga in St. Cloud
    • Discover new wildlife and animals around you
    • Learn more about the other side of Florida
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