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River Ventures Manatee Tour Center

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“captain wade”(61 reviews)
“manatee tour”(229 reviews)
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...more
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498 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429-4718
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Reviewed yesterday

Fantastic experience for the whole family. Troy and Gavin were the best guides! Led a wonderful tour — first checking out the gorgeous springs and then at two different locations swimming with manatees. Really great guys who go out of their way to make sure...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Karen B
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We had a fantastic time and saw so many manatees! It was a dream come true. Captain Rhonda and Lindsey were terrific. They were great with kids, including one who was scared about snorkeling. We also appreciated all the photos - 200 photos for $30...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Honeycuttdill
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

As a person struggling with low vision this was “on my list” of things to experience with my family. As we sat through the very informative talk and video, we were told there’s always the chance we might not see any manatees...that had never crossed...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank lisagH741WD
Reviewed 2 days ago

I have to be upfront. I am obsessed with swimming with manatees. I have done it 4 years in a row, and will definitely go again. Of the tour operators I have dealt with, river ventures is hands down the best. The staff are amazing;...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Stephanie O
Reviewed 2 days ago

Thanks Capt John S.........and Skylar for the great trip This was our first Manatee swim (not snorkel.......no fins) so nothing to compare it to with another company's.......but easy to find great parking nice staff clean restrooms changing rooms nice boat very safe everything is included...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is my second time with River Ventures and both were excellent. Our guide, Emerson, was very patient and helped everybody to have a great experience. Very well run operation. We literally saw over 50 manatees.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Jeff W
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Go early, listen to what they tell you, and don't worry about taking pics. Enjoy the moment your guide will take pics! I wanted to turn around and go on the next tour! I will do this every trip to this area!! Crystal was a...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Weavelikestravel
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Best $60 I’ve ever spent! Amazing guided swim with expert guides. Listen to their advice/instructions and stick close to them. Go early (we went at 715a), float don’t splash or kick and be quiet!! Follow manatee manners. We saw plenty of manatee - probably close...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Rhonda P
RiverVentures, Manager at River Ventures Manatee Tour Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thanks so much for this wonderful feedback!! We truly appreciate you taking the time, it sounds like you had an awesome trip!! I'm so glad that following the instructions gave you a super experience...most of our groups are so diligent in listening and being respectful.....but...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a wonderful experience! Everything was so well organized, right from the people at the front desk to the boat captain (John Stark) and tour guide (Mike). Everyone made us feel very comfortable. They got us up close to the manatees and the girls were...More

Thank opch2018
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

JJ and Rhonda were the best, explained everything perfectly and ensured we had the best experience possible. JJ took some amazing photos during our swim (float) which was great. We saw many manatees and got to interact with a few. Best to go first thing...More

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February 3, 2019|
Response from Kilikie_P | Reviewed this property |
hi sumiology! my husband and i did both our tours in homosassa. i honestly would say it just depends on what type of experience you're looking for... we much prefer more intimate tours, lesser crowds, and as much of a... More
Kevin S
January 13, 2019|
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Response from RiverVentures | Property representative |
Really just depends on the weather. If it's warm they will be tough to find...if it stays cool it will still be good. We always suggest early morning, but that's even more important when conditions are challenging!
December 8, 2018|
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Response from RiverVentures | Property representative |
There are dozens of hotels and motels in the area. We also offer lodging at our property in Homosassa at a treehouse retreat (available to book on our website). We send many of our visitors to the Holiday Inn and the Hampton... More