This Florida activity has been rated one of the world’s “Best Bucket List Experiences”

The “Top Bucket List Experiences” in the world have just been ranked by TripAdvisor, and on this list is an excursion located in Florida! There are so many things to do in the Sunshine State, but swimming with manatees is one of the most unique.

At Crystal River, just north of Tampa, you can see beautiful springs of clear water and spend the day kayaking or swimming with these gentle giants.

The recommended tour company on the website is Explorida, but you can also do the activity through Hunter Springs & Kayak Tours.

This wildlife refuge is one of the only places in Florida where you can see animals year-round. You are taken by boat with provided snorkel gear and a wetsuit and jump straight in.

Explorida also provides you with a photographer to create great memories.

“It was absolutely amazing. It was on my husband’s bucket list. Highly recommend. Our guide and captain were great,” Ashleigh G commented on Tripadvisor.

So many people not only rave about the experience, but also about the tour guides who make their adventure that much more exciting.

It’s a three-hour tour and you’re even provided with a noodle to help you lean on in the water.

Some companies also allow you to paddleboard and take a kayaking trip to Three Sisters Springs where you can have fun in the sun with amazing views.

You can also go scallop fishing, however, swimming with manatees is one of the most anticipated things to do in the world and was ranked #10 on the list.

It’s something you can cross off your bucket list any time of the year.

Swim with manatees – Explorida

Price: $64 and up

Address: 545 N. Citrus Ave. Crystal River, FL

Why you need to go: You can see manatees up close, get great photos for your memories, and enjoy one of Florida’s natural springs of clear water.


Before you go, check out our Guide to Responsible Travel to be informed, be safe, be smart, and most importantly, be respectful on your adventure.

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