Beverly Hills, FL
Maybe my wife and I had high hopes for this but it wasn't exactly the experience of a lifetime. We have lived in Florida for a few years now and all my wife ever talked about what she wanted to do was swim with the manatees and what she got was a big letdown.
We started out by riding around in the boat for awhile looking for manatees. We went from one spot to another and there were none. The Captain of the boat finally dropped us off near a protected area where the manatees eat and rest. We swam near the area in hopes that they would come out and interact with us. When some did leave the area other swimmers would push us out of the way to get to them. We got to see some of them through the murky water but did not get to interact with them. I understand that manatees are animals and are unpredictable and are not there just for our amusement.The staff seemed to be very nice but I feel they just put us in a last ditch spot to get us off the boat. I really feel bad for my wife. We have seen the manatees by the Kings Bay bridge and at the Homosassa Spring Wildlife Park. You don't get to go in the water with them but these are some great and inexpensive ways to observe these fascinating animals.