We’ve been embracing the outdoor Florida lifestyle and exploring what makes our state unique.
Just an hour and a half north of Tampa Bay, you can experience nature at its finest. Tucked away from the hustle of our popular beaches, Crystal River is a small coastal city that is a refuge to one of the sweetest creatures in the sea, manatees.
Between November and March, as the water temperature drops in the Gulf of Mexico, hundreds of manatees migrate to the “Manatee Capital of the World” to relax in its warm waters, which stay at a consistent 72 degrees.
To view one of Florida’s most beloved animals we booked the Get Up and Go Kayaking Crystal River Manatee Season Tour.
While there are several tour groups in the area, we chose Get Up and Go because of their 100% clear kayaks.
With the manatees swimming around (and sometimes event going under your kayak) it’s the best way to take it all the sights.
Plus, with the waters so transparent at Crystal River being in the clear kayak makes you feel even more connected to nature.
With over 3,000 positive reviews and fewer than 10 people in a group, Get Up and Go Kayaking is definitely who you want to book to experience Crystal River. Plus, they donate a portion of each booking to Florida Springs Conservation and Florida Land Conservation.
They have locations all over the Sunshine State, including the Florida Keys, Rainbow Springs, Tarpon Springs, and Shell Key Preserve (located in Tampa Bay), and unique bioluminescent tours.