Swim with the Manatee, Wildlife Park, Airboat Ride & Lunch; Florida Adventure Tour

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Swim with majestic Manatees in their natural environment...

Experience the best of Florida’s natural beauty all in one extraordinary day. Dive into the magic of swimming with manatees at Crystal River, explore the wonders of rescued wildlife at Homosassa State Park, savour a delicious lunch in nature, and feel the thrill of an airboat ride at Wild Bills Airboat Tours.

Our guide to Swim with the Manatee, Wildlife Park, Airboat Ride & Lunch; Florida Adventure Tour

Embark on an exciting journey with Gray Line Orlando, where each moment promises unforgettable experiences. Begin your adventure at Crystal River, renowned as the Manatee Capital of the World, where you'll have the rare opportunity to swim alongside these gentle giants in their natural habitat. This isn't just an encounter; it's a profound connection with nature's essence.

Travel comfortably from Orlando to Crystal River, guided by expert narrators who provide educational insights, ensuring a responsible and enriching interaction with the manatees.

After your exhilarating swim, venture to Homosassa State Park, a sanctuary dedicated to the preservation of Florida's wildlife. Here, witness firsthand the remarkable conservation efforts and enjoy a picnic lunch amidst the serene beauty of nature.

Conclude your adventure with a thrilling airboat ride at Wild Bills Airboat Tours, where you'll feel the rush of excitement as you speed through scenic waterways, catching glimpses of Florida's iconic alligators in their natural habitat.

Return to Orlando by 4 pm, carrying cherished memories of an authentic Florida adventure. Book with us and get ready for a day filled with exploration, education and excitement that you won't forget!

Operates: 

Tuesdays and Thursdays, year-round. 

Pick-up Time & Schedule (subject to change without notice. Please confirm pick-up details locally):

  • 6:00am - Pacifica Ballroom at Universal Royal Pacific Resort. (Only guests staying at Universal Resorts can choose this location). 6300 Hollywood Way, Orlando, FL 32819. Please wait outside Pacifica Ballroom Lobby.
  • 6:05am - Avanti Palms Resort. 6515 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819. Please wait outside the lobby. 
  • 6:10am - ICON Park Orlando. 8375 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819. Please wait at the base of the wheel, facing Universal Blvd. 
  • 6:20am - Golden Corral Buffet, Lake Buena Vista. 8707 Vineland Rd, Orlando, FL 32821. Please wait outside of the restaurant. 
  • 6:35am - Disney Swan Resort. 1200 Epcot Resorts Blvd, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830. Please wait outside the lobby.
  • 6:45am - Charley's Steak House. 2901 Parkway Blvd, Kissimmee, FL 34747. Please wait outside of the restaurant.

Duration: 

Around 10 hours in total.

Terms and conditions

Terms and conditions for Swim with the Manatee, Wildlife Park, Airboat Ride & Lunch; Florida Adventure Tour

  • Due to the natural conditions of this experience, an encounter with the Manatees cannot be guaranteed. However, the expert Coast Guard-certified boat captains will do everything they can to make this happen. There is a population of around 80 Manatees that live in the Crystal River year-round with numbers swelling to around 300 in the winter months.
  • Wetsuits are not included in the tour price but can be rented on the day for $15.00 and act as an excellent buoyancy aid. They are cleaned and sanitised between use. Any person wishing to do the manatee swim must hire a wetsuit prior to boat departure. The water temperature is around 72 degrees Fahrenheit year-round. The main purpose of wearing a wet suit in this situation is to aid in keeping you buoyant and still on the surface of the water. Splashing around will only scare manatees away. A wet suit helps keep you afloat.
  • Food and drinks are included only when noted in the inclusions. No other food or drink is included with the tour product and guests are advised to take money to purchase them as necessary.
  • Please wear a swimsuit under clothes in the morning as it will make things easier upon arrival at the dive shop.
  • All timings are approximate and subject to change. 
  • Please bring towels and a change of clothes for after the dive time.
  • The Florida Adventure Tour runs from central location points in Orlando and you will need to make your own way to one of these departure points. Your nearest pick-up location will be confirmed locally upon tour reconfirmation.
  • Gratuities are not included for the tour guides or drivers. Gratuities are not mandatory but are encouraged upon receipt of good service.
  • If you use a wheelchair, please inform us when making your booking.
  • This activity may not be available on some holidays, including Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
  • We recommend guests bring breakfast with them on the tour vehicle to eat, as there is often not chance to stop en route to the river in the mornings.
  • Water can vary from 4 feet to 24 feet deep. Pool noodles are provided for all guests but anybody wishing to go in the water should be able to at least float calmly. 
  • There are pick-up points throughout the tourism corridors of Orlando, Lake Buena Vista, and Kissimmee including the Disney and Universal areas. Please arrive to your meeting location at least 15 minutes prior to the departure time. Wait outside the meeting point as the guides will not go into lobbies or stores to look for guests.
  • CANCELLATION POLICY: Free cancellations for bookings cancelled with the operator up to 24 hours before your chosen activity date. No refunds are given for cancellations made within 24 hours.
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