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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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Kings Bay Scenic Cruise from Crystal River

Relax amidst the beauty of the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge when you book a languid sightseeing tour of Kings Bay. Make your own way to the departure point in Crystal River, find a seat on the shaded vessel, and set sail. As you go, your guide will point out the area’s scenic highlights. You’ll also have the special opportunity to spot manatees, dolphins, otters, and other native wildlife.
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1 hour
from $15.90

Swim with Manatees Adventure

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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3 hours
from $63.60

Small Group Swim with Manatee Adventure

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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4 hours
from $89.04

Private Swim with Manatee Adventure in Crystal River

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
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Paradise575360 wrote a review Yesterday
Worton, Maryland5 contributions1 helpful vote
We made memories my family will have forever! I can not say enough about how amazing our experience was. We went with Capt Mark and Courtney. They were extremely knowledgeable, safe and personable. The 5mm wetsuits were wonderful and kept us warm and buoyant. Capt Mark was was a wealth of information, and put you right at ease. Courtney gets in the water with you and should be called the Manatee whisperer! The manatees just seem to come right to her. Courtney taught us so much about manatees that we didn't know before. Both Mark and Courtney kept a watchful eye on you and went out of their way to make sure you had an amazing time. It was a dream come true! HIGHLY recommend them!
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Jaina H wrote a review Jan 25
Jacksonville, Florida316 contributions64 helpful votes
This adventure was an amazing experience, and I would recommend to anyone wanting to get up close with the manatees. You can just show up and not have to worry about bringing a bunch of equipment. They provide wetsuits, towels, snorkels, hot chocolate or coffee, and in-water pictures and videos. The crew members, Mark and Courtney, made the trip much more memorable and made sure everyone was having fun while keeping the manatees safe.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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david rusche wrote a review Jan 25
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captain loopy and mate jessica were the best ever the captain was not only informative but also funny and her report with the manatees was amazing i would ask for them personally if going on that tour
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Melanie A wrote a review Jan 25
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This was such an amazing experience! Mark & Courtney did a great job of making sure we were safe and keeping the manatees safe. We got up close and personal with quite a few manatees on this trip. This was way more than I expected it to be. Definitely will be back. We were also able to purchase pictures and videos of the trip.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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disneyatlast wrote a review Jan 25
Dundee, Michigan5 contributions3 helpful votes
Very relaxing, fun, educational boat ride. My husband and I enjoyed it! The weather was beautiful and we got to see some manatee too.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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