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The Real Florida Manatee Adventure in Orlando, FL

Real Florida Adventures4403 Vineland RdOrlando, FL 32811
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$139.00
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Overview

"On this tour you will travel to the beautiful Crystal River, the Manatee Capital of the world and the only place in America where it is legal to swim with manatees. Then you will head off to the 210-acre Homosassa Springs State Park, a genuine hidden gem of Florida nature, where there is plentiful local wildlife to see and hear about. Conclude your trip with an exciting airboat ride on the Withlacoochee River, another natural haven where you can see more wildlife in its natural habitat."

Good To Know

  • Transportation is included.
  • The transportation is handicapped accessible.
  • Bring your camera, there will be amazing photo opportunities.
  • Bring sunscreen.
  • Bring swimsuits & towels.
  • Bring insect repellent.
  • Dress comfortable, sneakers & light jacket recommended.

Description

from The Real Florida Manatee Adventure
You’ve come all the way to Florida, so it makes sense to actually see as much of it as possible, and no other tour provides such a wide-ranging, in-depth experience as our carefully crafted Real Florida Adventure.

This action-packed day starts with an inclusive breakfast and a full overview of what’s in store as we head out to the beautiful Crystal River area on the Gulf coast, 80 miles north-west of Orlando. This is the Manatee Capital of the World, and the only place in America where it is legal to swim with manatees.

It is also home to stunning natural springs and lots of wildlife, and you’ll get to meet an essential part of it as we gear up for the signature Manatee Snorkel under the supervision of a Coast Guard Certified Captain *. You will learn all about the unique West Indian manatee – and then get to see some of them, up close and personal in the crystal-clear waters!

Then we head off to 210-acre Homosassa Springs State Park, a genuine hidden gem of Florida nature, where there is plentiful local wildlife to see and hear about, including the endangered Florida panther, black bears, red wolves, bobcats, and alligators, as well as a profusion of birdlife, notably whooping cranes and flamingos.

Also here is the unique sight of Nature’s Fish Bowl, an underwater observatory built over the mouth of the main spring where a huge number of fish hang out, while the Park has its own manatee rehabilitation program to provide another exciting glimpse of these rare sea mammals. Lunch is included, here, too.

Finally, the day will conclude with an exciting airboat ride on the Withlacoochee River, another natural haven where you can see more wildlife in its natural habitat and enjoy the thrill of skimming the water at up to 45mph in these exhilarating, flat-bottomed craft.

NB: any person wishing to do the manatee swim must hire a wetsuit prior to boat departure. Snorkel equipment is provided free.
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Real Florida Manatee Adventure

How long is the tour?

12 Hours


What type of vehicle do we travel in?

15 person passenger van 


Is there a guide on the trip? 

Yes, you will be accompanied by one of our professional tour guides. Every tour guide is an expert on all things Florida. They are all licensed guides, CPR certified, and CDC compliance trained. Additionally, they take refresher courses throughout the year to keep up to date with all safety procedures.


Can I eat or drink in the vehicle?

Unfortunately, due to the abundance of Florida critters that love to hitch rides, the only thing allowed in the vehicle is bottled water. There will be plenty of time outside the vehicle to eat and drink.


What should I bring? 

Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Camera’s, Swimsuits, Towels, Insect Repellent, Proof of Confirmation


What happens if Mother Nature interferes with our trip?

We all know that Florida is one of those places that the weather can change in an instant. It can rain on one side of the street and be completely sunny on the other. We will do our best to ensure all activities are completed however the safety of our guests is of upmost importance.