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River Ventures Manatee Tour Center

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498 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429-4718
+1 352-564-8687
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River Ventures is a full service Tour center located in beautiful Crystal River, Florida. We offer many tour options to share all that the Nature Coast has to show you and we emphasize education about these Eco-systems!We have a passion for what we do, and it shows! Our Endangered Encounter manatee tours are our specialty, but we have so much more to offer! Air boat tours,VIP customized packages,Stand Up Paddle Boards, Scallop charters, sunset cruises, private charters, guided paddle tours on multiple rivers....we have much more to offer than you would expect!Spend the day or spend the week and River Ventures will introduce you to 'More than Manatee'!! Tours to snorkel with the manatees in their natural habitat are conducted daily, year round (reservations in advance are highly suggested). Our highly experienced in-water guides will escort you into the refuge to find the endangered manatee for viewing and up close encounters. River Ventures offers daily group trips of up to 12, and also offers private trips for both large and small groups including VIP and houseboat tours.
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498 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429-4718
+1 352-564-8687
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1  Thank tiffany633
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This was a wonderful outing. Captain John B and Irish Dave were wonderful hosts and guides. I learned a lot (and I already knew a lot due to years of loving manatees) we got a flash deal price which made the trip even better for...More

Thank alawight
RiverVentures, Manager at River Ventures Manatee Tour Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

We are so glad you had a great time.....if you are still smiling than that is what it's all about! We wanted to take this opportunity and mention to our readers that 'Flash Sales' are used on short notice to fill boats that are low...More

Reviewed 6 days ago

I took a group of students here to swim with manatees. We knew that we were in the 'off' season and that the water wouldn't be crystal clear; and that we may not even see any manatees, or would see very few. We had Captains...More

Thank Emily_in_NC
RiverVentures, Manager at River Ventures Manatee Tour Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE our school groups!! We truly believe that it is our duty to teach the world about these animals and instill a sense of respect in our young people! Often times they are changed after an encounter with these gentle giants and...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I had an incredible time on our manatees tour! Captain Rhonda was awesome and had an incredible eye for spotting manatees! We got to see multiple manatees and were the first group to spend time with them thanks to her keen eyes!...More

Thank sabinatkd
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a truly amazing experience! We can only send a HUGE 'Thank You' to Capt Paul and JJ for a wonderful trip. From the moment we arrived, the approach was truly professional and friendly. The day began with a short safety video with the care...More

Thank Teacher57
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went out on the 10:45 tour. Capt John T and Jamie were very outgoing and friendly as well as knowledgeable. We enjoyed our trip and plan to come back during peak season.

Thank hhlong85
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went out on the 11:15 tour; weren't overly hopeful as we had been told going much earlier is better to see and swim with the manatees. Boy were we wrong. Capt. John and JJ took us to several spots, including to check out some...More

Thank Sarah H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went swimming with manatees on Monday, October 9. The wife and I had a great time. My wife was very unsure of it at first, but she was a trooper and ended up having a good time. The water was pretty murky and visibility was...More

Thank samson3152
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I came here for our honeymoon. We rented a car and drove from Orlando for a day, about a 1.5 hour drive but completely worth it. Everyone at River Ventures was great, Captain John B. and Irish Dave were both fantastic, and...More

Thank Michael S
Reviewed 1 week ago

My friend Matt and I were passing through and this is what I wanted to do on our road trip. We were told we may not see too many out that day so were already excited when within a few minutes of being in the...More

Thank Heather L
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12 August 2017|
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Response from RiverVentures | Property representative |
Thanks so much for your question!! We have many photo options now and sometimes visitors opt to take advantage of more than one opportunity. Most visitors know that a guide accompanies them on their tour and serves as their... More
11 July 2017|
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Response from RiverVentures | Property representative |
This is a very common question from our visitors....and fact is there is no right answer!! Some people are very generous and award on the terms of service, some folks are strict 15 percenters....some, particularly our... More
Shanta V
9 June 2017|
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Response from RiverVentures | Property representative |
The tour you are referring to is what we call our 'Manatee Paddle'. This is a special tour devoted to folks who would like a chance to paddle AND swim with manatee. Another option is the 'Manatee and More, Family Fun Day... More