Crystal River
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Our most recommended Crystal River Airboat Tours

  • Orlando: Manatees Swim, Snorkel and Boat Day Tour

    1. Orlando: Manatees Swim, Snorkel and Boat Day Tour

    Swim and snorkel with one of the sea's most gentle creatures, the endangered Florida manatee. Visit beautiful Homosassa State Wildlife Park, and take an exhilarating airboat ride. This tour is an ideal opportunity for anyone seeking to escape Florida's predictable theme parks. Head to the picturesque Crystal River – home to the endangered “gentle giant of the sea,” the Florida manatee – where you can choose to snorkel or swim. If you are lucky, you may even get to interact with these beautiful creatures. At the very least, the boat excursion provides stunning, peaceful views of the natural Florida surroundings. After lunch, you'll enjoy a fully narrated airboat ride. You can also learn more about this southern state's wildlife from the knowledgeable tour guide. The remainder of the day includes a visit to one of Florida’s best kept secrets – Homosassa State Wildlife Park. Here, guests ...

    The boat team was great despite bad weather.they were safe,Made it enjoyable. The excursion bus team was great as well. They were informative and helpful. The change rooms at the manager facility need a roof. It was pouring rain and impossible to change from swimsuit into dry clothes.

  • Homosassa: Gulf of Mexico Airboat Ride and Dolphin Watching

    2. Homosassa: Gulf of Mexico Airboat Ride and Dolphin Watching

    Glide through the saltwater marshes and shallow waters of the Homosassa River and Gulf of Mexico aboard a powerful airboat. Look for bottlenose dolphins and other wildlife in their natural habitat to reconnect with nature. Feel the speed beneath you as you twist and turn through the mangroves, canals, and backwaters. Access areas that other boats can't reach and encounter abundant wildlife off the beaten path. Marvel as your US Coast Guard Captain and guide safely pilots the boat at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour. Get an adrenaline rush as you traverse the waterways and soak up the natural beauty on all sides. Every day is different when it comes to the wildlife, but a morning ride is highly recommended if you hope to encounter animals in the wild. The diverse birdlife will truly amaze you, while West Indian manatees can sometimes be seen on a good day.

    Our guide, Irish Dave, was teriffic. Lots of knowledge of the river, mangroves, birds and sea life. Stopped to see about 20 sharks from hammerhead, black tip and tiger. All in all, I highly recommend Irish Dave.

  • Orlando: Manatee Encounter, Snorkeling, and Airboat Ride

    3. Orlando: Manatee Encounter, Snorkeling, and Airboat Ride

    Enjoy breakfast as you 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. This area 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.

    We were picked up early punctually by an upbeat, enthusiastic driver who fed us a delicious breakfast and briefed us on our day. He seemed to realize that we wanted to eat and go back to sleep. We arrived at the office where we were to get our gear, and all went smoothly. Lacy and Whitney were our guides, and Chad was our boat captain. Lacy coached us on what we could expect once we got in the water and took us in for some practice. They all warned us that it was off season for the manatees and we might not find very many. Delightfully, they were mistaken. Manatees were below us and all around us. It was impossible not to touch them, although we'd been warned not to. We got back on the van for lunch and were on our way to the park and airboat ride, which were equally good. I would highly recommend this tour and these guides and will request them myself if I go back to Orlando.

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What people are saying about Crystal River

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 16 reviews

We were picked up early punctually by an upbeat, enthusiastic driver who fed us a delicious breakfast and briefed us on our day. He seemed to realize that we wanted to eat and go back to sleep. We arrived at the office where we were to get our gear, and all went smoothly. Lacy and Whitney were our guides, and Chad was our boat captain. Lacy coached us on what we could expect once we got in the water and took us in for some practice. They all warned us that it was off season for the manatees and we might not find very many. Delightfully, they were mistaken. Manatees were below us and all around us. It was impossible not to touch them, although we'd been warned not to. We got back on the van for lunch and were on our way to the park and airboat ride, which were equally good. I would highly recommend this tour and these guides and will request them myself if I go back to Orlando.

This was the greatest!!! We were with Matt and Casey and they were so good to us. We got very lucky and got to see a mother and her calf. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. The air boat ride was a lot of fun… good to see alligators in their home environment. Be prepared to get wet!!!

The boat team was great despite bad weather.they were safe,Made it enjoyable. The excursion bus team was great as well. They were informative and helpful. The change rooms at the manager facility need a roof. It was pouring rain and impossible to change from swimsuit into dry clothes.

Our guide, Irish Dave, was teriffic. Lots of knowledge of the river, mangroves, birds and sea life. Stopped to see about 20 sharks from hammerhead, black tip and tiger. All in all, I highly recommend Irish Dave.

Amazing tour! The guide was knowledgeable and kind.