Withlacoochee River

Withlacoochee River: Our most recommended tours and activities

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, and take an exhilarating airboat ride. 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. Have a chance to interact with these beautiful creatures if you’re lucky. Have some lunch, and then enjoy a fully-narrated airboat ride. Learn more about this southern state's wildlife from the knowledgeable tour guide.

Orlando: Manatee Encounter, Snorkeling, and Airboat Ride

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

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.

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What people are saying about Withlacoochee River

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 50 reviews

Company texted to confirm pick up location and time. Charter bus picked us up right on time. Bagged continental breakfast was a pastry, granola bar, fruit cup, juice, and water. Manatee tour group in Crystal River (famous birds dive center) was wonderful. Saw 4-5 manatees. Lunch was good (KC wine and koffee bar). Air boat ride was really fun. Long day though (we were the last stop) 8:30a-7:30p. Bus guide didn’t look at the paperwork before she handed it out and so everyone got someone else’s lunch sign up. Frustrating but ultimately not a big deal.

All very professional but also friendly. Fantastic experience, most amazing birthday present for me, would recommend this trip to all people who love and respect our wildlife. Saw a mother and baby which was the high light and having the guide take pictures makes it a memory to treasure. Don’t mind that there are few facilities for changing but it Would be nice to have more than one toilet there.

A fantastic full day out. Exceeded my expectations by far. Never stopped enjoying the day from start to finish. Excellent value for money either for a single person or all the family. With great guidance through out the day. It’s a must do day out.!!! I went by myself as my wife don’t like water much. But wouldn’t hesitate to bring the kids next trip as I know they would have a ball

We loved our day! A great time on an airboat, and a magical time in Crystal River. We were with Mia and Mike who were awesome. Even though we were there in August, we were able to see several manatees and it was a great experience. Go for it!

Our guide Bee was so much fun and educational. Our driver Carlos is the best he can navigate the bus through town like a breeze.