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Address: 498 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429-4718
Phone Number: +1 352-564-8687
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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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Best tour on the river

We had a great time on River Ventures Manatee tour. We saw tons of animals and even a nursing baby. The captain was knowledgeable and we even got great pictures of us swimming... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Hutto, Texas
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Hutto, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had a great time on River Ventures Manatee tour. We saw tons of animals and even a nursing baby. The captain was knowledgeable and we even got great pictures of us swimming with them from the first mate.

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Thank Gay C
Key West, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Lived in Florida for a few years and saw manatee; wanted to get up close and personal with one and found the best company to help me with that! River Ventures is the staff was BEYOND courteous and helpful. They are quick and efficient and are really out to make your experience the best possible!! CAPT. John B and his... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Beyond impressed with the tour guide & captain. I do wish they would not cram everyone into 1 small area- but our guide was phenomenal as well as our captain.

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Thank Kat L
Washington, DC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you are looking to see the manatees, River Ventures offers great service and has an excellent staff. They far exceeded our exceptions for quality service, and in trying to provide us a great manatee-sighting experience. I highly recommend them. The best.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We took the early morning VIP boat with 4 other swimmers this morning and had an amazing time! John Stark and Emerson were great guides for these Kentucky girls and we were blessed to see and swim with many manatees!!! The babies with their mothers were so cute! We would highly recommend this experience to ANYONE!

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Thank mahlman10
Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Swimming with manatees was on the bucket list, so we wanted to do it right. We decided to spend a little extra money and get a Private Houseboat Manatee Tour (4 hours) with River Ventures. We're SO glad that we did! The boat had cocoa, coffee, snacks, and a bathroom, but its best amenities were Captain Dallas and our tour... More 

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Sundsvall, Sweden
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Every time has been a real treat! Never in the high-season but I've always had a close encounter with these beautiful animals. Captains and guides have all been awesome! I'll be back, that's for sure.

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Thank Elin W
Ashford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The staff were so friendly and knowledgeable. I loved the fact you are with the manatees in the wild and not behind some concrete wall! I would advise an underwater camera but don't worry if you forget it as the guide usually takes photos which you can buy at the end. We had to leave at around 3am as we... More 

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Trophy Club, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We rented the house boat for our group of 4 adults and 1 child. The larger, private boat was nice for our group. I wouldn't actually call it a house boat - more like an enclosed pontoon with a small bathroom. Our guide (Rob) and captain (Tanner) were both fantastic. Half of us are not snorkelers, but they made us... More 

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Greenville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My friend from Canada wanted to go swimming with the Manatee. They did get to see the manatee and got to see them close up . One of the little babies was swimming and got really close up. I think everyone got to pet them. The captain Vincent and his friend sure gave everyone on the trip a wonderful worthwhile... More 

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