The Real Florida Manatee Adventure in Orlando, FL

Real Florida Adventures4403 Vineland RdOrlando, FL 32811
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$189.00
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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."

up to 12 hrs 1 or more people

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Orlando Travel Experts
  • 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 this carefully crafted Real Florida Adventure.

This action-packed day starts with a full overview of what’s in store as you head out to the beautiful Crystal River area on the Gulf coast, 80 miles northwest 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 you 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, head off to 210-acre Homosassa Springs State Park, a genuine hidden gem of Florida nature, where there is plenty of local wildlife to see and hear about, including the endangered Florida panther, black bears, red wolves, bobcats, 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 this exhilarating, flat-bottomed craft.

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?

The entire tour is approx. 12 hours long.

What type of vehicle do I travel in?

You'll be traveling in a 15 person passenger van.

Is there a guide on the trip?

Yes, you will be accompanied by one of their professional tour guides. Every tour guide by Real Florida Adventures 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?

Bring sunscreen, sunglasses, camera’s, swimsuits, towels, insect repellent, and proof of confirmation.

What happens if Mother Nature interferes with my 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. They will do their best to ensure all activities are completed however the safety of our guests is of upmost importance.