Water activity

Orlando: Manatee Encounter, Snorkeling, and Airboat Ride

4.8 / 5

16 reviews

Activity provider: Real Florida Adventures
Water activity

Orlando: Manatee Encounter, Snorkeling, and Airboat Ride

Activity provider: Real Florida Adventures

From US$ 189 per person

Explore Florida’s most spectacular wildlife with this full-day outdoor adventure. Encounter the notorious West Indian manatee while snorkeling, see unique species at a local state park, and enjoy an electrifying airboat ride - all in one day.

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Duration 12 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Please arrive at the pickup point 10 minutes before the scheduled pickup time. Please see the pickup times for each location below: Margaritaville Resort 8000 Fins Up Cir, Kissimmee, FL 34747 7:45 AM Golden Corral 8707 Vineland Ave, Orlando, FL 32821 8 AM Orlando Starflyer 8265 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819 8:30 AM


  • Encounter the beautiful West Indian manatee in its natural habitat
  • Enjoy a snorkeling adventure in crystal clear waters
  • Discover Florida’s unique wildlife from both land and sea
  • Learn about the inhabitants of Homosassa Springs State Park
  • Experience the thrill of an airboat ride on the Withlacoochee River
Full description

Snorkel thorugh marine life in the Crystal Rive on this day trip from Orlando. Ride in a comfortable and airconditioned bus to Homosassa Springs State Park for a guided visit. Find out about manatees and go for an airboat ride on the Withlacoochee River.

In the morning, head out to the beautiful Crystal River area to start your snorkeling adventure. Explore the river and admire unique wildlife in its natural habitat. Learn about the magnificent manatee and have the opportunity to see them up close. Next is a guided visit to the Homosassa Springs State Park. Discover local wildlife, including the endangered Florida panther, black bears, red wolves, bobcats, alligators, and more.

Learn about the park’s manatee rehabilitation program and stop at an underwater observatory built over the mouth of a spring. Enjoy a packed lunch before heading to the Withlacoochee River, to end your day with an exciting airboat ride.

Ride through this area which is another natural haven, where you can see more local wildlife. Feel the thrill of skimming over the water with an exhilarating trip in a flat-bottomed boat.

  • Boat tour on Crystal River
  • State park entrance fee
  • Airboat ride
  • Lunch
  • Roundtrip transportation
  • Guide
  • Local taxes and fees
  • Wetsuit rental fee
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities

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Important information

What to bring

  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent

Know before you go

  • All guests who want to participate in the manatee swim must rent a wetsuit from the local partner for $12 before the boat departs
  • A boat tour on Crystal river and an airboat ride is included in the ticket price
  • Entrance fees to the State Park are included in the ticket price
  • Local taxes and fees are also included in the ticket price
  • Drinks will not be provided
  • Rental fee of wetsuit and tips are not included in the ticket price
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 16 reviews

Review summary

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Staff was so kind and friendly. It was amazing and will do again!

March 6, 2023

March 1, 2023

This was a great day. Swimming with manatees was amazing. Homosassa Park was interesting. The airboat ride was brilliant. The packed lunch was better than some I have had. Well worth doing

February 7, 2023

Product ID: 395464