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Plantation Adventure Center

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9301 W Fort Island Trl, Crystal River, FL 34429-5376
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Swim alongside the gentle giants with daily tours going out every morning. $65 per person includes all equipment, 5mm wet suits, mask, snorkel, towel service, hot chocolate, coffee, hot showers, and heated changing facility with no parking fees! Ask about our private tours as well. Crystal River offers the best location to see and interact with the Florida manatee, a subspecies of the West Indian manatee, also known as gentle giants. Unlike other areas of Florida, the Federal Government allows for "passive observation" in the water between manatees and people in Kings Bay. This allows face-to-face interaction with manatees. We provide pre-tour education on passive observation and how to get the best experience during the tour.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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9301 W Fort Island Trl, Crystal River, FL 34429-5376
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

If you’re trying to decide which manatee trip to book I can save your time and tell you to book this one. My girlfriend and I woke up at 5am to arrive for the early boat trip out to see the manatees. I’ve never woken...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Our family (my wife and I along with two girls ages 10 and 8) enjoyed a wonderful adventure on Father’s Day morning with Captain Ed. It was just us and the Captain, and we saw all sorts of wildlife (in the water, in the air,...More

Thank Tyler C
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Nice ride, met nice people, Crew showed us wildlife and some highlights on the river. The boat ride was handled in a very professional manner.

Thank Daniel W
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

great Fathers Day experience with Capt. Missy and Capt Jack!!! Lol The zip drive of all pictures are so worth it!!! Will definitely go again!!!

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Michele H
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February 20, 2018|
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Response from Joseph F | Reviewed this property |
We have done the tour in July and March, late winter and the March excursion was far better. The inner river water is much warmer than the outer and manatees we’re in abundance. They snuggled up to us face to face and would... More
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