Manatee Swims, Dolphin Encounters and Other Marine Wonders
Get to know Florida like an insider as you kayak through mangroves, speak with a local author, learn about marine life and swim with manatees in the calm waters of Crystal River.
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Program No. 2615RJ
7 days
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At a Glance

Join us in Florida’s ‘backyard playground’ to snorkel with manatees, kayak the emerald green waters of Florida’s mangroves, watch dolphins swim playfully in bays and much more! Delight in a once-in-a-lifetime experience as you swim with manatees at Crystal River, and observe dolphins, manatees and other marine life on a boat excursion in beautiful Estero Bay. Join a local author for a kayak adventure on the calm waters of the Chazzowitzka River looking for exotic species.
Activity Level
Kayaking 3-4 hrs at a time; walking 1-2 miles; 1.5 hours of snorkeling and swimming with the Manatees. Non-snorkelers can observe from the boat.
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Join naturalists at Homosassa Wildlife Park for an opportunity to see Floridian mammals and birds in their natural surroundings.
  • Visit the Manatee Park in Fort Myers, one of Southwest Florida's greatest treasures.
  • Explore the Mote Marine Research Center and Aquarium.
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Heather L Hamilton
Florida native Heather Hamilton has been exploring the beaches, lakes and forests of Florida’s wilderness since she was a little girl. As an experienced camper, hiker, biker, kayaker, fisher and photographer, Heather has seen Florida in just about every light on her extensive travels throughout the state. She studied culinary arts at the Art Institute in Fort Lauderdale and became a cook and pastry chef, but she changed careers several times before embracing her passion. She became a Master Naturalist and full-time Florida guide.
Heather L Hamilton
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