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River Ventures Manatee Tour Center

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Address: 498 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429-4718
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+1 352-564-8687
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06:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 06:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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River Ventures is a full service Tour center located in beautiful Crystal...

River Ventures is a full service Tour center located in beautiful Crystal River, Florida. We offer many tour options to share all that the Nature Coast has to show you and we emphasize education about these Eco-systems!We have a passion for what we do, and it shows! Our Endangered Encounter manatee tours are our specialty, but we have so much more to offer! Air boat tours,VIP customized packages,Stand Up Paddle Boards, Scallop charters, sunset cruises, private charters, guided paddle tours on multiple rivers....we have much more to offer than you would expect!Spend the day or spend the week and River Ventures will introduce you to 'More than Manatee'!! Tours to snorkel with the manatees in their natural habitat are conducted daily, year round (reservations in advance are highly suggested). Our highly experienced in-water guides will escort you into the refuge to find the endangered manatee for viewing and up close encounters. River Ventures offers daily group trips of up to 12, and also offers private trips for both large and small groups including VIP and houseboat tours.

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USD 67.84*
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Crystal River Manatee Swim
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USD 94.00*
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Small Group VIP Manatee Pontoon Tour
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USD 51.94*
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Gulf of Mexico Airboat Ride and Dolphin Quest from Homosassa

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Great Time with Great Hosts

Capt John Stark and Amanda were wonderful and made this tour even better. Their keen eyes had us in the water with these beautiful creatures in about 5 minutes and along the... read more

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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Capt John Stark and Amanda were wonderful and made this tour even better. Their keen eyes had us in the water with these beautiful creatures in about 5 minutes and along the route we stopped plenty of times to see manatees up close. And while onboard, their keen wit and knowledge kept us engaged with stories and laughter. Thanks for... More 

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I will say this is probably one of my favorite things I've ever done in my entire life. The staff is incredible and the whole experience is worth every dime.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Everything from booking, to checking in with the staff upon arrival, to getting fitted for wet suits and meeting our Captain was just wonderful. Captain Wade and our in water guide Anthony were superb, funny and incredibly knowledgeable. Even though it was no longer peak manatee season in April, the guys did an exceptional job finding the manatees that remained... More 

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Life dream fulfilled beyond any expectation! Truly an "aw" experience words just cannot express, I will find it hard to come down from cloud 9 & find tough to top! The staff & crew are very knowledgeable, it is apparent their passionate & love for these beautiful majestic animals is focused on educating & preservation of them. They are professional... More 

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We went with our 2 teenage daughters on the Swim and Paddle Tour and we had an awesome time. Our guides, Dallas and Casey, were very knowledgeable and went out of their way to ensure we had a great experience. We were able to see 6 or 7 manatees and were able to swim right next to them. The water... More 

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manchester twp
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had the pleasure of touring with Dallas and kat they made our trip spectacular very friendly kept us informed they made sure we had a great experience my grand daughter even got to touch the manatee she loved it did not want to get out of the water we even got to see some dolfin

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What a truely magical morning we have had with you. Thank you so much. Everyone showed amazing care for the Manatees and us. You rock. And the pictures are awesome. Thank you so much.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

My family had an amazing time. They were able to see multiple manatee while I watched my grandson while in the plush pontoon boat. Amanda was an incredible guide and very customer-focused. She was very knowledgeable and personable that made the four-hour-trip SOOO enjoyable. I would highly recommend the VIP tour as you get your own boat with all the... More 

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We were a family of 13 with a range of ages from 4 yo to 91 yo and these guys were great, from the moment we entered to the time we left. The girls in the office looked after us and Rhonda and Scott were fantastic guides. Rhonda "drove" and Scott "dove". They found us manatees right from the off... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our family had a great time swimming with the manatees! We booked an early morning trip and had Captain Dave and in-water Guide JJ. Both of these guys were awesome. While the warmer months are not going to have as many manatees as the winter, our guides quickly and efficiently found manatees for us to view. We did luck out... More 

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