How to Swim With Manatees in Florida

swimming with manatees in crystal river florida

Swimming with manatees with my family is an experience that I will never forget. During our trip to Crystal River, Florida we had a family excursion to the springs to swim with the manatees in the area. This is a trip my girls still talk about till this day. However, there are a few things you should know when swimming with manatees especially with kids. There are several laws in place to help protect the manatees as well as to protect you and the environment that the manatees thrive in. There is also gear that you should know about to help make the experience easier. 

Staying at the Plantation on Crystal River in Florida

Front of Plantation on Crystal River resort

Plantation on Crystal River is one of the top resorts to stay at in Crystal River, Florida. It is a part of the Ascend Hotel Collection and features amenities such as a pool, bar, restaurant, spa, and more. We recently stayed here during our family trip and absolutely loved our visit. However, here are my tips on how to make the most of your stay at Plantation on Crystal River. 

Ultimate Guide to Crystal River, Florida: An Adventurous Family Trip

A family snorkeling at Crystal River at Three Sisters Springs and King Bays swimming with manatees.

Want to visit the Manatee Capital of the World? Crystal River is the best place in Florida to go swimming with manatees and go scalloping at. This beautiful Florida destination is the perfect family getaway. Find delicious seafood, view gorgeous sunsets, and get an underwater view of the springs with this detailed Crystal River, Florida travel guide and three day itinerary.