- See some of Florida's most endangered species
- Wonderful encounter with gentle giants
I was really fun! I think some expectation setting should be done though. It's a 2hour drive outside of Orlando. We had low tide and mucky waters. We got very lucky that one of the manatees hugged my girlfriend gently and she was mind blown about it! I think the visit to the park after was a great part of the experience. I'd make sure people are clear on what to expect which: 90 minutes swim with manotees. 90 minutes in the park. and lots of driving! From 6:30am to 5pm was the total trip. I really loved it though! we had an amazing time.
This Florida gift experience really is something special. You’ll be taking a picturesque cruise along the Crystal River to snorkel with manatees - otherwise known as sea cows - the gentle giants of the marine world. So curious are they about visitors that they will often approach for a closer look, and they are sometimes even known to roll over and let their bellies be tickled! This memorable full-day tour begins with pick-ups from pre-arranged sites around Orlando and other locations. You’ll enjoy a tasty bagged breakfast en route to the river, where you’ll board a boat and head out to find the manatees.
After plenty of time in the pristine waters - the name Crystal River is very apt, by the way - visibility is superb - you’ll move on to beautiful Homosassa State Park, one of the best-kept secrets in Florida and off the main tourist trail. Here you’ll see more endangered species, including panthers, as well as American crocodiles and alligators, black bear and more manatees - this time from a special underwater viewing chamber. If you love getting up close and personal with nature, and want to meet a variety of beautiful Florida creatures, then this fun, family-friendly gift experience will totally float your boat.