Our Favorite Florida Manatee Tours

Our Favorite Manatee Tours - Florida

Florida is filled with manatees – large aquatic animals that glide effortlessly through the water. These gentle, playful creatures can grow up to 13 feet long and can weigh 1,300 pounds! Crystal River is one of the most popular locations to see these friendly giants, but they can also be found in Orlando and in the Florida Keys. From kayaking alongside manatees to swimming with them, you don’t want to miss out on seeing these unique animals during your trip to Florida. Check out our favorite ways to spend time with these amazing creatures.

 Manatee Swim & Airboat Combo Tour from Orlando
#1 – Manatee Swim & Airboat Combo Tour

Location: Orlando/Kissimmee

If you’re staying in the Orlando area, this full day Manatee Swim & Airboat  Tour is the best way to experience Florida’s natural life, including the beloved manatee.  You’ll first head to the Manatee Capital of the World, and the only place in America where it is legal to swim with manatees. After your swim, you’ll visit the 210-acre Homosassa Springs State Park, home to the endangered Florida panther, black bears, red wolves, bobcats and alligators. Finally, you’ll cruise the Withlacoochee River on an exciting airboat ride before returning to Orlando.

Breakfast & Lunch | Transportation Included

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 Private Manatee Tour
#2 – Swim with the Manatee

Location: Crystal River

Climb aboard your river boat and cruise to manatee hotspots. Once you have found the manatees, you’ll hop into the water and swim alongside them. A Manatee Swim is the perfect way for the whole family to get out and discover these unique creatures.

Private Tour | Snorkel Gear Included

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Manatee Encounter
#3 – Kayak with Manatee & Other Wildlife

Location: Orlando

Grab a kayak or canoe and come join the fun. You’ll paddle down the river in search of manatee, otter, and gators. In the warmer months, you’ll stop at the headsprings for a chance to swim, snorkel and explore. Along the way, your guide will point out all the unique flora and fauna in the area. Make sure you check out this Manatee Encounter.

Ages 6+ | Kayak or Canoe

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Manatee Mania
#4 – Snorkel Alongside Manatee

Location: Crystal River

Dive into Crystal River and snorkel alongside the large, playful manatee. You’ll be outfitted with snorkeling gear and given all the best tips for swimming with these gentle giants. This tour is perfect for every level of snorkeler, from beginner to advanced, to Meet New Manatee Friends and discover unique wildlife.

Small Group Tours | Snacks & Drinks Included

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Mangroves and Manatees Eco Tour
#5 – Paddle with Manatee in the Keys

Location: Key Largo

Board your kayak or paddleboard and head out to explore Tavernier Creek. You’ll paddle through a mangrove jungle filled with manatee grass beds. You’ll get up close and personal with manatee, birds, and other wildlife, on this unforgettable experience.

Kayak or Paddleboard | Family-friendly

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River Sightseeing Cruise
#6 – Take a Private River Sightseeing Cruise

Location: Crystal River

If you are looking to spot a variety of wildlife, from manatees to birds to deer without getting wet, check out this Sightseeing Tour. You’ll cruise along the river as you pass by beautiful waterfront homes, the Crystal River Indian Archaeological State Park, and wildlife management refuge areas. Along the way, keep your eyes peeled for wildlife in the sky, on land, and in the water.

Private Charter (up to 6 people) | Knowledgeable Guide

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