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Plantation Adventure Center

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Crystal River, FL, USA
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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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Manatee Snorkel Tour with In-Water Divemaster/Photographer

Come nose-to-nose with Florida manatees during this Crystal River snorkeling tour. Get outfitted with a 5mm 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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3 hours
from $68.90

Small group Manatee Tour with In-Water Divemaster/Photographer

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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3 hours
from $89.04

Private Manatee Swim for up to 6 with In-Water Divemaster/Photographer

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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4 hours
from $477.00

Sunset River Cruise

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1 hour 27 minutes
from $26.50
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Nomad23898148132 wrote a review Yesterday
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We had a great tour. We could go in the water after 10 minutes to swim with a manatee, what an experience. After that we saw a mother with her twins, wow. Back on the boat we went to the three sisters to have a swim in the crystal clear water. There was time enough to swim to all the three springs. I really recommend Plantation Adventure: good boats, great professional captain and diving guide and alle the service you need. I can't wait to watch the film and photo's we bought when we're back in Holland😍
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adam r wrote a review Aug 15
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Christian and Ryan were terrific. Made it fun and found several manatees despite being in August. Look forward to going again.
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Date of experience: August 2022
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Response from 171PaulC171, Manager at Plantation Adventure Center
Responded 2 days ago
Thanks so much for the 5 star review! Come see us again!
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Milt B wrote a review Aug 13
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Excellent tour guides made this a great trip. I will do it again the next time I visit with friends and family.
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Date of experience: July 2022
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Response from 171PaulC171, Manager at Plantation Adventure Center
Responded 5 days ago
The scenic cruise is just a short glimpse into what we offer here at the adventure center! come back and see us again during your next visit!
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VirginiaLove2Travel wrote a review Aug 11
Virginia Beach, Virginia420 contributions167 helpful votes
Captain Misti and Ryan were great. Took a while to find one manatee but once in the water, you could just watch the beauty of the sea creatures. Then we left and headed somewhere else and found another one to ‘swim’ with. Overall a very fun time. I don’t think the pictures that were taken of our group were as good and clean as some of the other posts but they will do.
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Response from 171PaulC171, Manager at Plantation Adventure Center
Responded 5 days ago
Sometimes, high tide and windy weather will make our water a little less clear, which will effect photos. But were very appreciative of you taking the time to leave us a 5 star review, and hope youll come back and see us again!
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Steve S wrote a review Aug 11
Playa del Carmen, Mexico2 contributions1 helpful vote
On August 3, 2002, Ryan and Christian took our group of 6 to several great spots to sight and swim with the manatees. We had a great experience, and the boat even had coffee/cocoa and water for our 6:30 am snorkel tour. It lasted about 3 hours and we really enjoyed the trip. Thanks Ryan and Christian!
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Date of experience: August 2022
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Response from 171PaulC171, Manager at Plantation Adventure Center
Responded 5 days ago
We try not to leave any stone unturned when it comes to the experience we offer. Were so glad you all enjoyed it!
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