Join us as we take a tour in search of manatees! As the water begins to cool below 70 degrees and seasonal air temperatures begin to drop, the manatees move into warmer waters.
Choose from Our Caloosahatchee and Orange River Boat Rides
More Than Just a Boat Ride!
Join us as we cruise along the Caloosahatchee and Orange rivers of Southwest Florida on the M/V River Queen. Learn from Florida Master Naturalists about the history of the area as well as the diverse flora and fauna.
Manatees are heading into the Orange River for the winter! Our manatee tours depart at 9:30 a.m., are approximately 2.5 hours in duration, and are generally scheduled Tuesdays through Saturdays. However, we will occasionally have tours more frequently if there are a lot of requests. The tour goes westbound on the Caloosahatchee into the Orange River, where we observe the manatee in their natural environment.
Enter Sweetwater Landing Marina at the driveway near the large new boat storage building. Follow the paved drive behind both storage buildings to the marked parking lot. The M/V River Queen boards from the floating dock, which is located directly in front of the smaller boat storage building. Do NOT park at the restaurant.