While most manatee-spotting places require you to stay out of the water or in a boat, you can actually swim with the manatees in Crystal River.
But manatee-sighting isn’t all that Crystal River has to offer. Try your hand at scalloping, savor delicious ice cream from one of the many ice cream parlors, or hop aboard a jet ski.
To get to Crystal River from Orlando, it takes an hour and a half by car. As an alternative, you can take a tour that includes transportation from Orlando.