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Crystal River Manatee Tours

1610 SE Paradise, Crystal River, FL 34429
352-777-1796
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Ranked #24 of 33 activities in Crystal River
Type: Tours
Owner description: We operated on 47 acres of animal refuge. You can take boat tours through the refuge or kayak if you like. We narrate all tours, we offer our visitors... more » Owner description: We operated on 47 acres of animal refuge. You can take boat tours through the refuge or kayak if you like. We narrate all tours, we offer our visitors wildlife education programs and useful information that can be applied while in our area and others. There is no admission cost to enter our park. « less
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Bangor, Maine, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

I took Capt. Mike's tour with my granddaughters , 15 & 11 last week & it could not have been better. The boat captain was very knowledgeable & sincerely wanted to find manatees. At the same time he was very conscientious about our interaction with these gentle creatures & made sure our time swimming with them was harmonious for the... More

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Captain Mike was knowledgeable, friendly and very accommodating. It was myself with my two kids, 12 and 7 years of age and we all loved it. A definite plus and I would do it again!

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Elkton
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

Ned sucks! He was a mean bully and the water is so murky and not at all like the videos. The other reviews about how Ned acts are 100% accurate. I was actually afraid of him. He seemed like he was going to blow his top at any moment. He made rude comments about the foreigners on our boat not... More

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

To be honest, I was nervous about swimming with the manatees because I read reviews about one or two captains being extremely mean and impatient. However, I'm happy to say that the best part of this excursion was the fact that we had the best captain ever! Captain Rick was not only entertaining, but he was knowledgable, friendly and full... More

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Colwyn Bay, United Kingdom
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

The trip I would imagine in the right circumstances would be pretty decent. The right circumstances are apparently November to January when the creatures are active. We went in August and whilst we did see 1, but the sight of various people (from several boat tours) all rushing to get in the water and scare the poor creature away was... More

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Orlando
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

Our family had a great time swimming with the manatees. Captain Ed made sure everyone who wanted to got close enough to have a great experience. Very memorable part of our vacation. We have two girls 11yrs. and 13yrs. We kept talking about how cool it was for the rest of the day. We also bought the dvd for a... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

The Geoffroy clan. My grand daughter & her friend were visiting from Rhode Island. First we met Stu who outfitted us & who just happened to hail from RI--small world. He showed us two videos of the dos@ don'ts with manatees. Then Capt Yves took us out. He was very informative as we explored Crystal River and showed a true... More

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Valdosta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

My mom booked this manatee tour for myself, a friend, and our kids (ages 14, 10, and 6). Our GPS took us to the wrong place TWICE. I would recommend giving yourself plenty of extra time to find it if you're using electronic navigation. After some other reviews I've read on here, I was kind of afraid that we would... More

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Gurnee, Illinois
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

What a horrible experience. We booked over the phone and Captain Mike was surly at best on the phone. That should have been the first warning sign. Then we couldn't find the place. Signs were awful. Called to get directions and they were barely helpful on the phone. Then they sent us out with captain Ned. He gave us no... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We are 7 hours away and had made reservations with Capt Mike Tours. We arrived and got on board the boat with 8 other people. Captain Ned was the boat driver. He was terrible! he hollered at everyone and complained. Grown or child he yelled. I called Capt Mike to talk to him about it and he told me that... More

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