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Take the Family to Swim with the Manatees

by Kimberly Krol Inlander

Nov 23, 2022

© Plantation on Crystal River


Plan family travel this winter to Plantation on Crystal River, along Florida’s Nature Coast, for a one-night Swim with the Manatees offer. Guests will enjoy the rare chance to experience the underwater world of the West Indian Manatee at the riverfront resort in Crystal River, Florida. The destination is the only spot in North America where it is legal to swim with and interact with these animals in the wild — talk about once-in-a-lifetime family travel.


© Plantation on Crystal River


Starting at $298 for two guests, the Swim with the Manatees package includes one-night accommodations in a garden-view guestroom; a manatee snorkeling tour for two from the Plantation Adventure Center, including all equipment; breakfast for two at West 82” Bar & Grill; and a welcome bag with a plush manatee toy, fun facts and manatee interaction guidelines.



© Plantation on Crystal River

The Plantation Adventure Center & Dive Shop is located on site at Plantation on Crystal River. The manatee tour boats are enclosed, with hot chocolate and coffee, warming boat coats and towel service. The boats are equipped with power poles to limit environmental impact. The manatee tours are available year-round, but prime manatee viewing season runs Nov. 15–March 31.


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