We went in December, on a 6am tour. We saw several manatees (approximately 7?), but we did not have the opportunity to touch or interact with any of them -- the ones we saw were either sleeping or with a calf, making them illegal to touch. That was a real downer, but I still give this 5 stars because we saw them so up-close, the water and environment were beautiful, and all of the staff were extremely professional. Also, people have to keep in mind that this is not a petting zoo. It's not Jurassic park (although there is a Jurassic Spring). The animals are not caged in and are free to come and go as they please. So we just felt fortunate to have seen them from the vantage point we did. We had Captain Steve and he was excellent -- you can tell this is what he loves doing. One recommendation I would suggest to future travelers: the colder it is the better. When we went, it was unseasonably warm (even for Florida in December). Most of the manatees chose to remain in the gulf. If I had to do-over, I would have watched the forecast for a few weeks and gone on a particularly cool day. If you live in Florida or have some flexibility with your travel plans, try to do this. Book at least 1 week in advance if you are targeting a weekend. ALWAYS chose the 6 AM tour -- the 9am consistently shows poorer results from what I have seen/read. Great experience overall and we hope to return one day.
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