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River Ventures Manatee Tour Center

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“captain wade”(60 reviews)
“manatee tour”(221 reviews)
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...more
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498 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429-4718
+1 352-564-8687
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All reviews captain wade a great experience manatee tour office staff captain laura vip tour wet suits baby manatee these gentle giants swim with manatees the entire staff hot chocolate once in a lifetime semi private tour off season early tour early morning
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Reviewed today

We had a fabulous time with caption Brodrick and Gavin yesterday swimming with the manatee's! I would highly recommend taking the trip out so much fun!!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank kazacsp
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We visited just over a week ago now and have barely stopped talking about our visit since. This experience is a must if you are visiting Florida!! I had heard that December was a great time of year to see them but nothing could've prepared...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Laura R
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Lots of great close-up encounters with wild manatees. Very fun. Very friendly, professional and knowledgeable captain Tom and guide Jody. Made for a really fun time. Included orientation to help get over any fears and to respect and understand these wild animals. Got a nice...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 61juliana
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This was an amazing trip!!! We went out with JJ as our in water tour guide and photographer and it was awesome. We saw over a hundred animals and swam with a much in two locations. We can’t recommend them enough. Took great care of...More

Thank _paul_j_kilgore
Reviewed 5 days ago

We had the best swim today with great views of manatees. Our captain and dive master made the trip informative and fun. Water was great temperature but for the cold feet, they also heated the boat. Onboard comedy was free! Will do this again for...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Freemymermaid
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

My husband and I went on the 4 hour tour and everything was fantastic!! Upon check in we were greeted and shown exactly what to do, watched a video and got right into our wet suits. After a short drive to the boat we met...More

Thank 324chrissyp
Reviewed 6 days ago

My dream came true and the staff made it happen. Thank you so much to Crystal and John for making this experience amazing. They work so hard to make it wonderful and fulfilling for every person on the trip. Crystal sensed how important this was...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Kimberleeeckhart
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

River Ventures was truly a wonderful choice for our manatee encounter. From the start the staff was friendly and genuinely excited for us to experience the manatees. Heidi and Captain Stark were both very knowledgeable about the Crystal River. They seemed to be having just...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank crazy4kiawah
Reviewed 6 days ago

My sister and I went on the three hour snorkel experience and we loved it! We went in December which is when the manatees come to the springs for "warmer" waters. (It was still a bit chilly for us but you have a wetsuit and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank sarahbutcher15
Reviewed 1 week ago

River Ventures gave us a beautiful experience along with pictures and video clips to look back on! Tanner our captain, and Heidi, our guide, were both warm, knowledgeable and fun to be with. Before we left, Gloria showed us an educational video about the manatees...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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December 8, 2018|
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Response from RiverVentures | Property representative |
There are dozens of hotels and motels in the area. We also offer lodging at our property in Homosassa at a treehouse retreat (available to book on our website). We send many of our visitors to the Holiday Inn and the Hampton... More
November 7, 2018|
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Response from PatBrighton78 | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can all fit on the one boat
September 19, 2018|
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Response from Walnuts2001 | Reviewed this property |
It's been a season since I've been there but I remember the DVD costing $40. No, they do not video. They include photos of your day plus spectacular photos they have taken of manatees in the past (no people included in... More