Manatees & Mermaids

Manatees & Mermaids: Fantasy and Fun for the Entire Family!


Duration & Pricing

Private sessions start at $450 for the private manatee tour of up to 6 guests and for 2 of the party to participate in the Try Mermaid course. $75 each additional participant wishing to do the Try Mermaid course. Maximum 6 guests for a total ~4-5 hour experience.

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About This Experience

Can’t decide between a manatee tour or a mermaid course? You don’t have to choose – you can do both together with our Manatees & Mermaids package. Fun for family and friends of all ages, it’s the perfect opportunity to swim with the manatees, as well as learn to be a mermaid! Our private experience for up to 6 people from ages 6+ is a great way to experience Crystal River with us. 

Start with our river cruise, learn about Crystal River, and have the opportunity to swim with manatees! After your manatee experience, head to one of our incredible magical springs where you’ll get to transform yourself into a mermaid with the help of our Mermaid Instructor. What better way to be a part of your own fairy tale than with manatees and mermaids in two incredible experiences in one day! 

Swim with Manatees

Crystal River and Citrus County Florida is home to the largest population of manatees in the United States. We are the only place in the United States where you can legally swim with these majestic manatees. Our staff and guides are trained to make sure we treat this wonderful yet threatened species with the utmost care and respect.

Experience swimming with manatees

Mermaiding Experience

Try mermaiding with our intro level mermaid course, right after you’re done with your manatee swim! The SSI Try Mermaid program is your introduction to the world of mermaids and mermen and to swimming with a mermaid tail and monofin. This entry-level program gives you the opportunity to experience the underwater world in a confined water setting. Come join the CRWS pod and continue your “mermazing” journey with our Mermaid and Ocean Mermaid certification courses! 

Try mermaiding with Crystal River Watersports

Additional Information

Minimum age of participants is 6 years old, ability to swim on your own is required. For safety of our guests and our local manatees, the manatee and mermaid portions of this tour are separate and you are unable to swim with a mermaid tail with manatees. We love our gentle creatures and want to keep them – and you – safe and appreciate your understanding. 

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