These gentle giants weigh about 800-1,200 pounds as adults and reach around 10 feet in length. Manatees are majestic and especially moving when experienced up close. If you want a once-in-a-lifetime experience unlike any other, then this is it! Citrus County, Florida is the only place in the world that you can legally swim with manatees (with some restrictions).
Manatees prefer shallow waters (3-7 feet deep) so swimming with them is a safe and fun activity for the whole family. Plus, the manatees love Florida’s natural springs which are typically warm year-round. They can be found in many of the springs, rivers, and estuaries along Florida’s Gulf Coast. To see live video of these amazing creatures, click here.
If you want to plan a trip to swim with the manatees, than you will need to contact a certified guide or tour agency in Citrus County. Here are a few in the area:
Captain Mike’s Sunshine River Tours – Homosassa, FL
Crystal River Manatee Tour – Crystal River, FL
American Pro Dive – Crystal River, FL
River Safaris – Homosassa, FL
River Ventures – Crystal River, FL
Crystal River Kayak Tours – Crystal River, FL
Bird’s Underwater – Crystal River, FL
Native Vacations – Crystal River, FL
For the ultimate manatee experience, choose Captain Mike’s VIP Tour, which is the longest tour at 6 hours and takes place on a deluxe houseboat.
To learn more about manatees, click here. Photo courtesy of www.visitcitrus.com