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Crystal River Manatee Swim or Boat Ride from Orlando provided by Gray Line Orlando

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Crystal River Manatee Swim or Boat Ride from Orlando

Crystal River Manatee Swim or Boat Ride from Orlando
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An excellent opportunity to escape from the theme parks and see the real Florida... Get up-close with the gentle manatee and see the beauty of Crystal River as you explore the Homosassa State Wildlife Park. This tour is nature at its best! After picking up guests in International Drive, Lake Buena Vista and Kissimmee we head to Crystal River. Bagged breakfast is provided to eat enroute. Crystal River is the only area of Florida where you can snorkel / swim in the rivers where manatees live in the wild. Following a safety briefing and collecting your mask, snorkel & fins (wetsuits can be hired for a fee) you board the boat onto the river. You do not have to swim or snorkel and again enjoy the boat ride looking for nature alone should you prefer. When manatees are spotted you can get into the river should you wish, get some great photos. Enjoy lunch at a local cafe, before spending the afternoon at the State Park. See rescued native wildlife. True Florida!
Know before you go
  • Duration: 10h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 10h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 3170P40
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • 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
  • Entry/Admission - Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge
  • Entry/Admission - Homosassa River
  • Entry/Admission - Crystal River
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Wetsuits (available to hire)
Duration
10h
Departure details
  • Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando, 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.
  • Avanti Palms Resort and Conference Center, 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.
  • The Wheel at ICON Park™, 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.
  • Golden Corral Buffet & Grill, 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.
  • 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.
  • Maingate Lakeside Resort, 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.
Additional information
  • 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 travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
Inclusions
  • 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
  • Entry/Admission - Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge
  • Entry/Admission - Homosassa River
  • Entry/Admission - Crystal River
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Wetsuits (available to hire)
Departure details
  • Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando, 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.
  • Avanti Palms Resort and Conference Center, 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.
  • The Wheel at ICON Park™, 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.
  • Golden Corral Buffet & Grill, 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.
  • 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.
  • Maingate Lakeside Resort, 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.
Duration
10h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • 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 travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 26 Jun 2020
A note from Crystal River Manatee Swim or Boat Ride from Orlando
We politely request that you refrain from taking this tour should you start displaying any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19. Gray Line Orlando is based in Orange County where face masks are required inside business venues. Therefore, are required inside vehicles. Please bring one.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
Itinerary
  • You’ll have 6 starting options
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    Homosassa River
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    See details
  • 3
    Crystal River
    Stop: 4 hours - Admission included
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Stacy G
Sewell, NJ2 contributions
Time of our life!
My sister and I had the pleasure of going on the Crystal River Manatee swim. The driver, Gino, was one of the nicest guides and he had great stories along the way. The boat captain and dive instructor were also very nice and knowledgeable. We went to a very good restaurant for lunch and could order whatever we wanted on the menu. We also went to an animal park that was interesting after the manatee swim. Swimming with the manatees was a once in a lifetime experience. I highly recommend this trip!
Written 27 April 2021
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Gail V
Everett, WA334 contributions
great tour
Dec 2020
just as discribed. A fun time for the entire family. The staff were friendly. The driver was entertaining and many Manatee were many.
Written 21 December 2020
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ToriGrayLine
Thank you 509gailv for your review of the Manatee Swim tour. This is absolutely one of our favourite tours and we are so happy you got to experience Crystal River with us. We look forward to welcoming you back next time you find yourself in Orlando.
Written 22 February 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

cstrusa
Little Valley, NY395 contributions
Great Tour!
We loved swimming with the manatees! As it was near Christmas it was really busy so I would suggest visiting at a different time. The tour guide and bus ride were fine. Along with the food served. The airboat ride and Springs were very cool too! Only snag was we were told to be in the lobby of a hotel for pick up (we had rented a condo) and it was actully the restuarant outside near there and almost got left behind despite being there way early (I worry about that). I checked my email and was correct so be careful about pick up!
Written 30 December 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
HI Citrus; So glad you enjoyed Swimming with the Manatees - albeit it would have been busy around the Christmas Time because of the slightly cooler weather I am sure there were more manatees for you to enjoy! Thanks for the feedback in reference to the pick up location, I will try and update the website so it is a little more precise on the actual pick up locations, we appreciate the feedback on this. Have a wonderful week, Tori
Written 27 April 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Taylor
1 contribution
Very impressed!
Sep 2019 • Couples
My fiancé and I were very impressed with how well put together the tour day was and how friendly the Gray Line and dive staff were. We appreciated our driver, Don’s sense of humor and choice of music for our ride. We were well taken care of the entire day. If you’d like to come face to face with a manatee, this experience is for you. We’d definitely recommend this experience to anyone looking for a breath of fresh air away from the theme parks in Orlando!
Written 30 September 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
*Likely to sell out: Based on Viator’s booking data and information from the provider from the past 30 days, it seems likely this experience will sell out through Viator, a Tripadvisor company.
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