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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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Great tour with Rob and Captain Dallas

We had an amazing time! Rob was out in water guide and was great at enticing the manatees over to us. We saw several up close and got to pet two of the manatees. Dallas and Rob... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Orlando, Florida
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The one thing everyone wants to know is if this tour goes to Three Sisters Springs. The answer is NO. I'm giving them one star because instead of taking you to crystal clear waters like you see in the pictures, they take you to a murky river with terrible visibility. Their reasons for this are 1) 3 sisters is crowded.... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We had an amazing time! Rob was out in water guide and was great at enticing the manatees over to us. We saw several up close and got to pet two of the manatees. Dallas and Rob make a great team, and when you call and make your reservation, ask for them. We look forward to seeing them again and... More 

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Waterloo, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Captain Casey and First Mate Anthony are the BEST!!!!!! They were very patient and extremely encouraging. They made sure we were all very comfortable in the wet suits and that we knew how to use our snorkels. We seen so many manatees and we actually had the opportunity to interact with a couple of manatees. Casey took us to the... More 

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The Villages, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We picked the River Venture Manatee Swim knowing it was a "possibility" we would see manatees on their boat and in the water. What we actually had was the opportunity to interact and play with a manatee that loved the experience as well. SO FUN! We also loved that this outfit had all the scuba equipment and wet suits. It... More 

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Willoughby, Ohio, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I have wanted to swim with manatees for as long as i could remember, I was so glad I did this. We went in October so it wasn't manatee season and we only saw one manatee. It was still a wonderful experience I got to get super close to the manatee and floated right over top of it. I want... More 

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Port Richey, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent time swimming/floating with manatees with River Ventures. I went on Monday 2/20/17. This is my fourth swim with this place of business. They do an excellent job. Captain Rhonda and guide JJ were wonderful. Got to see 5 manatees - 2 of them were a mother and a fairly large nursing child. Truly wonderful experience. I recommend River Ventures... More 

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Atlanta
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We booked a Semi-Private Houseboat for 7:45 AM on a Saturday morning. From arrival you gain a sense of attention and care for the customer. We were welcomed as we entered the Tour Center and offered warm drinks. The orientation in a small class room is informative and well done. You are quickly sized for a wet suit and instructed... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a great time on this tour. The VIP doesn't cost much more than the other trips but you get to be in a smaller group and have more time to explore and just be in the water with the manatees. Going first thing in the morning meant getting to see a great spot with only one other group... More 

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Thank stephoto
Pensacola, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We did the sunset VIP tour and an early morning tour the next day. Our captain and guides were all outstanding. We were able to swim with quite a few manatee and were very fortunate when two swam up into the "House Spring" with just our group. The clear water enabled us to see them really well.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Rob and Dallas were great tour guides! Rob carried our 6 year old on his back in the water, and was so patient and kind! He found manatees for us to see and kept us away from the crowds. Dallas was a fantastic captain and got us right to the manatees. They were both patient with two young girls and... More 

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