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Address: 498 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429-4718
Phone Number:
+1 352-564-8687
Today
06:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 06:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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River Ventures is a full service Tour center located in beautiful Crystal...

River Ventures is a full service Tour center located in beautiful Crystal River, Florida. We offer many tour options to share all that the Nature Coast has to show you and we emphasize education about these Eco-systems!We have a passion for what we do, and it shows! Our Endangered Encounter manatee tours are our specialty, but we have so much more to offer! Air boat tours,VIP customized packages,Stand Up Paddle Boards, Scallop charters, sunset cruises, private charters, guided paddle tours on multiple rivers....we have much more to offer than you would expect!Spend the day or spend the week and River Ventures will introduce you to 'More than Manatee'!! Tours to snorkel with the manatees in their natural habitat are conducted daily, year round (reservations in advance are highly suggested). Our highly experienced in-water guides will escort you into the refuge to find the endangered manatee for viewing and up close encounters. River Ventures offers daily group trips of up to 12, and also offers private trips for both large and small groups including VIP and houseboat tours.

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US$67.84*
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Crystal River Manatee Swim
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US$94.00*
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Small Group VIP Manatee Pontoon Tour
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US$551.20*
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Private Manatee Tour

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They were the most helpful and cheerful bunch we could have encountered! Brandy and Allison especially.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
ashozzie33
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

They were the most helpful and cheerful bunch we could have encountered! Brandy and Allison especially.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We didn't get an opportunity to see many manatees or any actual springs because of the warm weather causing the manatees to venture into the bay and Gulf. Despite that it was a great tour. Our guides, Rhonda and Scott, were friendly and did a great job at answering questions and finding a momma and baby manatee for our group... More 

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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I went on a morning 3-hour boat trip with River Ventures, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. 2 crew and 9 passengers...the right size😌. We saw 7 manatees, including mom/baby pairs. I am very pleased to hear and see the care the crew took to protect the manatees, while letting us get close to them. The boat and equipment they provided... More 

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RiverVentures, Manager at River Ventures Manatee Tour Center, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your feedback and wonderful review! Yes, we certainly do care about these animals and the majority of folks in this Industry care a great deal about the future of the manatee and these eco-systems. Our tours give us an opportunity to educate the public and enlighten visitors to the real issues at hand. We are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My husband and I and our 4 year old daughter did the tour in December 2016. The staff were amazing, especially with our daughter who they treated like a princess so she thoroughly enjoyed herself! We got to see several manatees in the first spot our captain took us to and we actually ended up spending the whole time there... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I would highly recommend this manatee tour; the entire staff was friendly, professional, and organized. We had a 10:45 a.m. semi-private tour time (6 people) I would so recommend this tour. Our Capt Troy was knowledgeable and was able to find manatees for us without a thousand people being around. Our guide was Evert and he lead us right to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We had a great time seeing the manatees and the professionalism of this outfit made it even better. Everything was very well organized, all the employees including the captain and our guide went out of their way to ensure we had a good time. We did get to see about 10 manatees. Most were sleeping but a few swam right... More 

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Suwanee, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This place is #1 for a reason! Great trip out to snorkel with Manatees. Gloria was our guide and she was awesome! It is so nice to have a guide that really communicates the importance and privilege of our interaction with these giant magnificent creatures. Such an awesome day and very GLAD I went with River Ventures for this experience.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Has a great time with Capt. Dallas! Would highly recommend the manatee tour with a private boat! Was slightly warmer than usual but the Manatees were still easy to find and abundant!

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North Port, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My daughters treated me to the VIP treatment on a sunset cruise. We started out without much action because the Manatees had already dispersed into their sleeping places, but our Captain patiently hunted then down and found us an area where we were surrounded by Manatees and they were swimming right past me on either side (kind of a scary... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Swimming with manatees was a childhood dream of our young adult daughter. What a joy for us to see that dream fulfilled! We were pleased with every aspect of this experience. The entire staff was friendly, professional, and organized. We had a 6:45 a.m. semi-private tour time. It started with a safety briefing, quick change in to wet suits, then... More 

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