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River Ventures Manatee Tour Center

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498 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429-4718
+1 352-564-8687
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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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498 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429-4718
+1 352-564-8687
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The entire staff acted professionally and gave great advice for interacting with the manatee. The highlight was when a baby manatee was licking (sucking) on Crystal's (our guide's)hand and she moved the baby manatee to me. The baby manatee started sucking on my hand and...More

Thank Cliff M
Reviewed yesterday

Great day with the grandkids exploring the world of the manatee. River Ventures does a great job explaining the manatees and setting expectations. The guide and the captain of the boat were both great. We had an amazing manatee encounter.

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Thank haleypercy
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I took the 6:45 swim with my mom, who was a little nervous at first about being so close to such large animals. Boy did she have the best time! Everything was great from the beginning, they greeted us with hot drinks (we were a...More

Thank Nuria R
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Thank Alexandria B
Reviewed 3 days ago

We had a great tour with really good guides who told us a lot about the manatees and best of all we saw 4 manatees on our tour :-)

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Thank larswb
Reviewed 4 days ago

The manatees are really fantastic animals and if you are quiet in the water, they come up very close. We had more than enough time to spend and the facilities were very good. Nice hot chocolate on the boat is very welcome because you do...More

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Thank Suzanna S
Reviewed 4 days ago

Great professional group that provides the required information in a good interesting/educational format. These animals are so interesting. We were bused for just a few minutes to the dock and then on a boat for about 5-10 minutes to an area where they saw manatees...More

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Thank cwshats
Reviewed 5 days ago

We spent a wonderful 3 hours in the water with Manatees. Our guides prepared us all for the trip, and everything was provided.

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Thank barrykahn
Reviewed 5 days ago

The centre was great and the staff were really friendly and helpful. Everything was provided for us, including the fabulous wetsuits. We had a 4 hour trip with crystal and Steve m. Both were fantastic - friendly, helpful and really easy going. Crystal was fantastic...More

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margerie h
26 November 2017|
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Response from samson3152 | Reviewed this property |
It is still a little warm yet for them to come in but there might be a few in the river to spot, We went the first part of October and saw a few. The best time is during the colder winter months,(Dec - Feb). Thats what they... More
Larry W
12 November 2017|
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Response from RiverVentures | Property representative |
You can snorkel with manatee if you can get into the water without panic or thrashing. If you prefer to just stay on board the boat you certainly can, sometimes they come very close.
5 November 2017|
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Response from RiverVentures | Property representative |
Yes, Jan is prime manatee season. Regardless of the air temps in the area, the manatee come here for the warm water springs by the hundreds. As long as it is cold, there will be many manatees!