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River Ventures Manatee Tour Center

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498 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429-4718
+1 352-564-8687
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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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498 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429-4718
+1 352-564-8687
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Reviewed today

Ask for Dallas and Scott by name, they were awesome guides who can provide lots of information on all the wildlife in the area. They were able to bring us for encounters with 7 different manatees (incredible for a summer visit). This included one calf...More

Thank raylaud3625
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We absolutely loved our tour! The staff is super friendly and you can tell they are passionate about those sweet manatees! Our tour guides were Paul and Emerson which did a great job at making sure we had an experience of a lifetime. Will never...More

1  Thank amhillis
Reviewed 2 days ago

We had the most fantastic day today! Although we had read that we may struggle to see the manatees in June, we were very lucky and saw both a pregnant female and a mother and her calf. What wonderful, peaceful creatures they are. Floating face...More

3  Thank Elizabeth S
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We went on a 3 hour tour (*Sings* A three hour tour....) with Captain Ethan/Evan and Irish Dave. We swam with several manatees, got to see a mom and calf up close, and explored House Spring. It was an amazing trip overall. Irish Dave was...More

1  Thank Shaun C
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Very friendly and knowledgeable staff, gear in excellent condition, a wonderful tour!! Captain Evan and Irish Dave were AMAZING! We were up close to a number of manatees, including a mother and baby! You MUST snorkel with the manatees here!

1  Thank Megalodon15
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Traveling to Florida with my daughter so her dream can come true, swimming with manatees, I was worried being its off season it may not happen. It did! We ended up going out on a semi-private pontoon boat tour with India and John Stark. They...More

1  Thank Asystole_Carlsbad_CA
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Mike & Dallas were our captain & guide and they did a fabulous job finding manatees and making sure everyone in our party had a great view and experience. We brought underwater disposable cameras, don't waste your time. Mike took awesome pictures and yes, you...More

1  Thank megd004
RiverVentures, Manager at River Ventures Manatee Tour Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review! We wanted to take this opportunity to talk a bit about photo options for our visitors. We do have disposable cameras available for purchase (27 exp for $15.95), but we never get to...More

Reviewed 5 days ago

Booked a 5 hour family fun excursion which included swimming with the Manatees, swimming/exploring the fresh springs and visiting Shell Island. Captain Tanner and Irish Dave were amazing tour guides the ENTIRE time. Extremely knowledgeable and entertaining. They captured our whole trip on camera and...More

1  Thank Mary S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Don't waste your time trying anyone else. These people are professionals dedicated to making your experience a memorable oneMore

1  Thank FauziaBill
RiverVentures, Manager at River Ventures Manatee Tour Center, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to give us a 'Shout Out'!! John and India are true professionals and have a passion for what we do here....we are so glad you noticed! There are many Companies that do what we do, but it...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This trip was absolutely amazing! Worth the drive from Texas, worth the money, and worth the very short wait in the lobby! Our guides were India and Dallas, and were particularly skilled at finding the very best manatee locations for our GoPro and pictures! They...More

Thank Joshua R
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Shanta V
My boyfriend and I will be there on 6/23/17. Does the $67 package include the kayaking as well , or is that package sold out? thank you
June 9, 2017|
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Response from RiverVentures | Property representative |
The tour you are referring to is what we call our 'Manatee Paddle'. This is a special tour devoted to folks who would like a chance to paddle AND swim with manatee. Another option is the 'Manatee and More, Family Fun Day... More
Cindy T
We are planning to swim with the manatees the first full week of November. What time would be better to book, 6:15 am or 9:15 am?
May 26, 2017|
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Response from RiverVentures | Property representative |
We always recommend the earlier tours....6,7 group or 645 VIP. It does up your chances of seeing animals; however, early November is typically slow, so the crowding on the water that we see during season should not be the... More
Althea B
My family is visiting the area at the end of June and my kids are intrigued with the idea of swimming with manatees. It's my understanding however that manatee season in crystal river is in the colder months. Is there any chance of a manatee encounter this time of year? My husband is convinced it could be a waste but I'd like to try it an interaction is at all possible. Thanks!
May 14, 2017|
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Response from RiverVentures | Property representative |
We almost always see at least a few manatees, even in the summer months....and we almost always get a chance to swim with them. It is very important to have realistic expectations during the warm weather, but as long as you... More