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Plantation Adventure Center

1,803 reviews
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Crystal River, FL, USA
About Plantation Adventure Center
We pride our selves on the many ways you can enjoy the Plantation Adventure Center. Swim alongside the gentle giants with daily Manatee snorkel tours. Enjoy a relaxing one hour Scenic Cruise of King's Bay or perhaps a Sunset Boat Ride. Kayak the refuge for an up-close encounter with out getting wet. Charter a fishing guide or scallop charter. We even offer rental boats for the experienced travelers. The pride of our operation is our Manatee Tours, Semi-Private or Private Manatee tour. We offer heated changing facility with no parking fees. Captains provide hot chocolate, coffee, bottle water and towels on all our snorkel tours. Crystal River offers the best location to see and interact with the Florida manatee. We provide pre-tour education on passive observation and how to get the best experience during the tour.
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34 reviews
Explore Kings Bay in a relaxing way on a scenic cruise. Sail around the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge and look for local wildlife as your captain shares the history of the area. Manatees, dolphins, otters, and turtles are often spotted in the area. The boat is fully covered for protection from sun and rain.
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$15.90 per adult
352 reviews
Come nose-to-nose with Florida manatees during this Crystal River snorkeling tour. Get outfitted with a wetsuit, mask, and snorkel and receive an educational orientation before jumping in with the giant sea creatures. In addition, the in-water guide captures videos and photos, which are available for purchase. For maximum manatee sightings, book in the winter months.
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$63.60 per adult
212 reviews
Florida’s Crystal River, with its warm springs, is one of the best-known spots for viewing and snorkeling with manatees. On this small-group manatee adventure you swim with West Indian manatees on a boat tour that gets you up close and personal with these friendly mammals. All snorkeling equipment and wetsuits are included, as are warm drinks and dry towels for maximum comfort.
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$89.04 per adult
46 reviews
Swim with Crystal River manatees on a private snorkeling tour that’s designed to get you as close to the manatees as possible without disturbing them. Exploring Crystal River in a private boat means you can move more quietly than on group tours, creating ideal conditions where manatees can comfortably approach you in the water.
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$477.00 per adult
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We went out with Capt Dallas for 2 days, August 6-7, and he did a phenomenal job. Both days we limited out on redfish and caught additional fish. Capt Dallas really shines when it comes to dealing with kids. We did a Scallop trip with...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Cubdriver15
Reviewed yesterday

Thank you Dustin and Lewis. The scalloping was great. A great experience for our family. Thank you !

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank nancy c
Reviewed 2 days ago

Thank you, Dallas and Memphis. The tour was great! The weather turned out to be perfect. And your information was interesting and informative.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Paula K
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I had an amazing time swimming with the manatees! What a great experience! Dallas was a great tour guide and Steve kept us all safe with his boating expertise. The hot chocolate at the end of the trip made the day even sweeter. I highly...More

Thank 75debrak
Reviewed 3 days ago

It was a lot of fun with Dustin and Memphis. The Manatees are so cute! You should definitely give this tour a try!

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank JoJoS504
Reviewed 4 days ago

We went on a tour with captain Mike and captain Misty Kelly and it was a wonderful experience. Although the weather was a bit of a bummer it didn’t stop them from giving us the best experience. Absolutely fantastic!

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank isis j
Reviewed 6 days ago

Omg, where do I start?! I went with BF and daughter. She was the only one swimming and my BF and I were just viewers. So we get to the manatee location and everyone gets in. Im on the boat talking to the captain about...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Tnez72
Reviewed 1 week ago

I agree the manatee tour was AMAZING! We had Captain Ross he was so helpful and very knowledgeable. We saw a mother and calf and were able to have an up close encounter with them ❤️ I have not really snorkeled before and it took...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank FromOutoftheDust
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a fantastic afternoon. Leisurely boat ride out to search for the manatees then an hour snorkeling with them, it was really something. Then we had an hour swimming in the open water round the area with the springs. This was really good experiencing the...More

Thank THBoxster
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have done the morning trip (6:30 am). It was a super cool experience. Whenever you come during the year, be sure you will see manatees. We saw a female with her baby, just so nice. We also went to Three Sisters : what a...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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March 27, 2019|
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Response from Navigate14576275058 | Reviewed this property |
Best time is Nov through March, they gather in the protected springs and parks when temperatures drop. You can always see Manatees around the state more coastal but not necessarily in large numbers.
February 26, 2019|
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Response from Robert K | Reviewed this property |
Rain or shine!
November 2, 2018|
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Response from 611heathera | Reviewed this property |
Yes! They provide everything but you are more than welcome to bring your own!