There are more manatees in Florida’s waters than anywhere else in the world. And, within Florida, the highest density of manatees can be found in Crystal River – a beautiful coastal city situated a 90-minute drive northwest of Orlando.
Crystal River is also the only place in the USA where it is legal to swim with these amazing animals.
There’s nothing like swimming with manatees and we’d like to tell you a little more about the experience. Book your own REAL Florida Manatee Adventure right now for easy transportation, excellent local guides, and we even throw in a delicious local lunch! If you’d like to find out more, sign up for our series of email guides.
As we said above, Florida has the largest population of manatees in the world. Florida as a whole had a little over 6,000 manatees when the State of Florida’s Department of Fish and Game made an aerial survey in 2015.
A staggering 1,000 of these manatees were found in the waters along the coast of Crystal River. This makes Crystal River the undisputed manatee capital of the world.
If you’re looking for a unique experience in Florida that you can’t find anywhere else, then you have to swim with our charming manatee population.
If you relish unique experiences and you cherish nature, then we can say with confidence that there’s nothing like swimming with manatees.
They are bigger than you might think, yet slow and very docile. Most are happy for you to get close to them and our expert guides will keep you right throughout the experience, ensuring that you and the manatees are completely safe.
Not only does Crystal River have the greatest population of manatees, it is also the only place in the USA where you can legally swim with them. This legal status is good for you AND it’s good for the manatees, as it comes with a host of protections for them. Our expert guides will help you treat these majestic creatures with respect while also getting super close to them.
Manatees are wild animals. They also happen to be just about as harmless as any wild animal could be… But we emphasise their wildness because we feel it’s important for guests to understand that manatees aren’t always in the same place. They live in Crystal River in large numbers and Real Florida Adventures is exceptionally good at finding where they are each day. But there are never any guarantees with wild animals. We can, however, guarantee that you won’t find any other tour company with a better track record for finding manatees!
While swimming with manatees is a huge draw for guests, we have created a complete Florida experience, with food, travel, a visit to Homosassa State Wildlife Park, an aquarium, and an airboat ride on the Withlacoochee River. (You just haven’t been to Florida unless you’ve skimmed along the water on an airboat at 45mph!) Many of our guests tell us afterwards that they came for the manatees but that it was some other part of the complete experience that resonated with them most. It’s this attention to detail — to each integral part of our tour — that consistently earns us 5-star reviews.
Well, have we said enough to convince you to come on a Real Florida Adventure swimming with manatees? If you’re still on the fence but you’re interested, sign up for our email guides. If you have any specific questions for us, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. And if you’re ready to book, please just click on the book now button below!