How to Swim With Manatees in Crystal River

By: Bob Giguere


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There's only one place in Florida where you can swim with the manatees in the winter, and that's Crystal River. Learn the manatee encounter rules and some tips on how to have the best manatee experience possible.


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Very informative , I am looking forward to my first time. Thanks
Somebody missed what it actually says in the Manatee Manners video. No where does it say it is ok to touch, must less pet a manatee. The video emphasizes passive observation. Petting a wild animal is not passive observation and is unethical if not illegal. You can know a species without taming it. A noted naturalist Edwin Way Teale, a contemporary if Rachael Carson said " Those who wish to pet and baby wild animals "love" them. But those who respect their natures and wish to let them live normal lives love them more.
I wish there was also an article option instead of a video only option because I can't watch this.
Hi Jade,
Thanks for reaching out.
Here’s an article, Five Great Places to see Florida Manatees, with a lot of pictures:
And here’s information from Citrus County (where Crystal River is located) on meeting manatees:
Sunny regards,
Lauren Tjaden for VISIT FLORIDA
Can children ages eight and eleven swim with the manatees, with their parents??