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River Ventures Manatee Tour Center

#1 of 51 Tours in Crystal River Features Animals
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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Hours Today: 06:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
498 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429-4718
+1 352-564-8687
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Me and my sister did the 6 hour tour that included time with the manatees and scalloping. Captain Tanner and Irish Dave were fantastic. It's the off season so they warned us ahead of time that we may not find manatees. Captain Tanner and Irish...More

Thank Deedee A
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I'd seen pictures of manatees before, but nothing could've prepared me for this! Being in the water with the manatees, our guide brought us close to these magnificent animals. It was a truly amazing experience. Our tour guide was extremely friendly, funny, and took pictures...More

Thank Samantha A
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

7/25/17 6:15a.m. Beautiful morning with India & Capt.John.B,luckily 1st stop was awesome, mom with 2 inquisitive baby manatees. You have never been kissed until a baby manatee plants one on your face! Shout out to Tiffany, thank you for hotel selection with discount! Hubby enjoyed...More

Thank Pablake
Reviewed 4 days ago

Choose this company and you will be in a limited group with a good, laid back, have fun guide. The other companies put way too many people on their boats and had to fight to get everyone a look. If you want the best experience,...More

Thank DaytonDUI
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Hands down the most amazing manatee touring company in or near Crystal River! This was our second experience with River Venture. This time we were celebrating my son's 10th birthday as he is an avid lover of manatees. Gloria went ABOVE AND BEYOND to make...More

Thank Ldbug0327
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Had a great time with the manatees! Our captain, John, and tour guide, India, were absolutely amazing. They educate us on all things manatee and even told us what to look for so we could help find them. They offered helped whenever they thought we...More

Thank Kendall L
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This is a great place! Good guides (Captain Dave and first mate Mike) and a really fun activity! We got up close and personal (manatee kisses are to be expected) with a bunch of different manatees. I am not real comfortable in water, but Capt....More

Thank pattyf42
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Captain Tanner and Sheena made this 6 hour trip amazing. It was worth every penny. Tanner knew so much about the area and was an awesome guide. He was patient and helped reassure me when i got nervous around the manatees. Sheena's excitement and awesome...More

Thank Allison R
Reviewed 1 week ago

We came from Orlando and the route was fairly easy and was about 1 hour 45 minutes long. Our trip was at 9.15 and on our boat were Mike and John B. After about 45 minutes we saw a manatee and her calf which we...More

Thank Millie B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our family of 5 had a fantastic day out on the water with Tanner & Irish Dave! We have 3 kids, ages, 3, 8 & 11, and all of them were thrilled with the experience. This tour was 6:30 am - 12:30 pm. Started the...More

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11 July 2017|
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Response from Valerie C | Reviewed this property |
We did tip our captain because he did an outstanding job introducing 2 young children to snorkeling and the manatees. He also knew exactly where to go to find manatees.
Shanta V
9 June 2017|
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Response from RiverVentures | Property representative |
The tour you are referring to is what we call our 'Manatee Paddle'. This is a special tour devoted to folks who would like a chance to paddle AND swim with manatee. Another option is the 'Manatee and More, Family Fun Day... More
Cindy T
26 May 2017|
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Response from RiverVentures | Property representative |
We always recommend the earlier tours....6,7 group or 645 VIP. It does up your chances of seeing animals; however, early November is typically slow, so the crowding on the water that we see during season should not be the... More