Crystal River Manatee Swim in Kings Bay National Wildlife Refuge

3 hours
Free cancellation
1 - 10
Mobile ticket


Encounter the endangered West Indian Manatee in Crystal River’s idyllic Kings Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Your US Coast Guard licensed captains and guides will take you into the 600 acre spring fed refuge waters for viewing and snorkeling with these friendly, curious, slow moving gentle giants. All equipment, fees and beverages are included.



Called Crystal River for a reason, you will have the chance to swim and snorkel in the warm spring fed waters where many West Indian Manatees call home. Located just 1.5 hours West of Orlando, you'll meet your guide who will take you into the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge which is known as the best locations for viewing and snorkeling with these friendly, curious and slow moving and gentle giants.

Stop At:

• Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, 1502 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429-4661
• River Ventures, 498 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429-4718
• River Ventures - Homosassa, 10823 W Yulee Dr, Homosassa, FL 34448-3817


  • Use of equipment (mask, snorkel gear and wet suit)
  • Beverages (bottled water, coffee and hot chocolate)
  • Professional guide
  • Introductory/instructional video offered in English, French, German, Japanese, or Spanish


  • Gratuities
  • Food and beverages (unless otherwise specified)
  • Photo DVD (available to purchase)
  • Towel and swimsuit

Additional information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Wetsuits are available in all sizes from toddlers (2 years old and up) to adults up to 5X
  • It is advised that you have your swimsuit on underneath your clothes for a quicker check-in
  • Please bring a towel and a plastic bag to hold your belongings
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children under 3 years old are not allowed on this tour. Please call for other options.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Post COVID-19 Policy- We are mindful to thoroughly clean water vehicles between visitors.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands

Ticket delivery

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


363 Days a year - Monday thru Sunday


For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.

May 2022

Great crew, Guide Shanna and Captain Liz were awesome, we had a wonderful time!! We will come back again. Mark and Sherry

May 2022

Shelly and Sara were very wonderful and knowledgeable tour guides. They kept things interesting with random facts about the springs and local wildlife

May 2022

We went out with Marissa and Shellie and had Ana amazing experience. They were incredibly nice and knowledge the entire time. Our pictures were amazing and totally worth the extra money. I would totally do this trip again!

April 2022

We had a great tour led by Captain Mike and guided by Ryan. We swam in a spot where the manatees were active and followed a mother and her baby around the area. Mike and Ryan found fishing Dolphins and it was spectacular to see. Afterwards they took us to one of the big springs that feeds the b...

April 2022

Captain Kelly and our Guide, Shana Banana were amazing and a great team! If you're looking for a good experience and not just a couple of nice pictures, I would recommend specifically requesting them. They got us so close to the manatees, but made sure we knew how to interact with them respectful...

Geli W
April 2022

Guide Ryan and our captain have done a great job to find the Manatees and we had an awesome time snorkling with them. Max 8 people on one boat is perfect so that everyone has plenty of time. Be advised to book with River Ventures, they do great!

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