On this daytrip from Orlando, take a narrated boat cruise on the Crystal River to snorkel and swim with manatees — the gentle giants of the Florida Everglades. Tour includes a visit to Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park where you’ll witness a manatee-feeding session and see other animals including bears, panthers, alligators and even a hippo.
- Admission to Homosassa State Wildlife Park including manatee feeding demonstration
- Swim-and-snorkel in the Crystal River and “See the Manatees” pontoon boat cruise
- Daytrip (round-trip transportation)
- Tour departs on Saturdays approx. 7:00am and returns approx. 4pm
After pickup from select Orlando hotels, you’ll enjoy a bagged breakfast as you head toward picturesque Crystal River, home to one of the world’s largest population of endangered West Indian manatees.
When you arrive you’ll join a team of manatee experts for a narrated boat tour where you’ll learn how this large, docile aquatic mammal is under threat due to loss of habitat. A certified dive master will guide you through the waters for a swim-and-snorkel experience with manatees. Mask, snorkel and fins are provided, and wetsuits can be rented for $10 each.
After your swim-and-snorkel experience, enjoy a picnic-style lunch overlooking this beautiful sanctuary. 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. Afterward, you’ll be taken back to Orlando.
Please note: Manatee season is from October to March. Sightings are very common, however as the animals are wild, no guarantee can be made.