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Address: 48 NW US Highway 19, Crystal River, FL 34428-3929
Phone Number: 352-794-7227
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Off Season but On Point!

I have never swam with manatees. Shucks, I've never really swam. So when Groupon offered me and my colleague a chance to interact with these gentle aquatic giants, it was--quite... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Brianimated
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Hartford, Connecticut

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Hartford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I have never swam with manatees. Shucks, I've never really swam. So when Groupon offered me and my colleague a chance to interact with these gentle aquatic giants, it was--quite like a scene with Marlon Brando--an offer that I could not refuse. On the tail-end of our business trip, we headed on over to Crystal River and engaged in a... More 

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Durham, North Carolina, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2016

We came back this year because we had a great experience last time and I cannot believe we had an even more amazing time! Captain Joe was able to spot manatees from far away and we were lucky enough to swim with 9+ manatees in clear waters. It is definitely the off season and we were very lucky with the... More 

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Thank Michelle R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016 via mobile

We bought groupon tickets. It worked well - because we were a family of 5 - with 3 minor kids - we had a semi private tour. We had captain Dave with us - he was great! Though it was off season we saw a lot of manatees! - and snorkled up close with. Even a mother and a baby.... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

Let me start out by clearing the air from reviews I've seen that were negative and why I think that was. First and foremost LISTEN to the rules of interaction with the Manatees. DONT be "one of those people" that think you can go into a wild habitat and do what you want. These are endangered animals, peaceful and gentle.... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

Bought a Groupon for snorkeling with the manatees and truly, would have paid full price for this! Such an amazing experience and Phil our tour guide was the best! He coached everyone though the entire experience, me as well! Will do this again when I come back to visit!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

If its a slow season? Don't take our money! Over $500 plus 4 hours driving. They shouldnt take reservations if its not a good time. Didnt even offer a discount.

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Orlando
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

It was awesome to get in the water with the manatees. Going off season (now) you don't get to see too many but captain Joe was able to spot a ton of them. It's his 6th sense and he knows a ton about the area and manatees. The visibility wasn't that great because of the season and tides. We did... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016 via mobile

Booked a semi private outing to snorkel with manatees with Captain Joe. 3 out of 4 had never been snorkeling before. Captain was an excellent instructor with a great sense of humor. After the training session all of us were confident and ready to swim with the manatees. Captains respect and knowledge of the manatees in their element made the... More 

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Lake Wales,FL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2016

On 3/19/16 we took our 2 Granddaughters on what should have been a fun Snorkeling with the Manatees Trip. I called in advance to ensure that the heavy rain was not a problem; I was told that we were "good to go". From the moment we set foot on the boat the "Captain" told us repeatedly that we couldn't have... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2016 via mobile

My friend was visiting from NY & really wanted to see a manatee. The trip was nice. Upon booming my Groupon, the man did tell me this was towards the end of manatee viewing season (November-March). I opted for no wetsuit, water felt fine to me. The captain Jolly Roger was super nice and funny & informative. The boat started... More 

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