Is Christmas a Good Week to See Manatees?

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The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day offers a great opportunity to spend quality time with your partner and children during winter break. And while it seems that there is a lot to do during the Christmas season, it can quickly become boring, particularly when the cold temperature compels you to limit yourself to indoor activities. Well, you don’t have to be bored. You can choose to visit Crystal River, Florida during Christmas week and enjoy the spectacle and splendor of manatee tours and manatee related activities.

Lots of Manatees

Crystal River manatee tours during the Christmas week are delightful and memorable. Throughout this time of year, there are many manatees to view and and lots of people swimming with them. Manatees migrate to the warm water springs of Crystal River as soon as winter sets in, which is usually in mid-November. So by the time the Christmas season begins, there are already flocks of manatees in the springs. The Christmas frenzied atmosphere adds to the fun of the outing, with tourists arriving by the dozens because the cold season ensures manatees can be seen every day. It is a warm and friendly atmosphere, with so many people to interacting with the sea creatures and each other.

Then comes the moment you get close to these animals, face to face, in the water. They are large—up to 13 feet long and half a ton in weight—chubby-bodied, gray-brown skin color and paddle-shaped tail with funny whiskers on their snout. So you will definitely be awed by these amazing creatures as you float silently on the water and they swim right beside you. But they are also adorable creatures with a gentle and docile personality. Which means that as soon as they see you, they get curious and want to approach you for a closer interaction. Once in the water, you can expect one of these gentle, non-aggressive and harmless giants to come right to you. And when it happens, it will be a glorious moment you will remember for the rest of your life.

Magnificent Crystal River

Crystal River is one of the largest aquifers in Florida and home to more than 400 manatees that migrate every winter to the warmth of the springs. Visiting Crystal River during the winter holidays guarantees that you will see manatees, learn more about their habitat and know why they are quite unique. In fact, it offers the best location to see and interact with the Florida manatees in their natural habitat. And unlike in other areas of Florida, the government allows face-to-face interaction with manatees in Crystal River. You will also be delighted by picturesque scenery, crystal clear water, gorgeous sandy bottom, beautiful birds and wonderful wildlife.

Trustworthy Tour Guides

Manatee tours are best done while wearing wetsuits to make the experience as silent as possible, enabling manatees to approach and get closer to you. The wetsuit, mask and snorkel for your swim are part of most packages. At Captain Mike’s, you will get wetsuits and snorkel gear and also have access to our full-service changing center, as well videos and pictures of your tour experience.
We will deck you in swim gear, go over the rules and take you to the best manatee spots—our knowledgeable captains know exactly where to go. And although Christmas week is busy, we always endeavor to deliver a personalized manatee tour to ensure you have a wonderful experience. Your guide will make sure that you learn a lot about the animals, their habitat, behavior, reproduction and nursing.

Now that your favorite time of the year is around the corner and you don’t want to squander it, why not try a Christmas week manatee tour? Snorkeling with manatees is an activity for both kids and grown-ups, is insanely fun, and will give you unforgettable memories. Take advantage of our special Christmas offers and make the most of your Florida vacation. For more information on manatees and manatee tours, visit the Captain Mike’s Swimming with the Manatees website.

Swimming with the Manatees boasts the best water adventure in Crystal River, Florida with lots of things to do for you and your family. For more information, contact us online, or call us at (352) 571-1888.

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