You can certainly see them at the Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park.
I have never used any tours so can't help you there. We were in Homosassa a few weeks ago and they had 4 manatees in the springs and one in their rehab pond.
I keep reading this. We swam with them in Homosassa Springs last January (with American Pro Divers). Have the rules changed since then? I notice the town boat rental places still offer tours and still say you can rent a boat and swim with them on your own. I am VERY confused trying to figure out what the real rules are?
Here now. You are definitely allowed to swim and snorkel with manatees in the springs. And you don't need a tour. You can rent a boat or kayak. I don't know why people are writing this.
The confusion is because you CANNOT swim with the manatees INSIDE the Park, but there are independent excursions OUTSIDE the park where you CAN swim with them.
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