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Miami: Everglades Safari Park Airboat Tour and Park Entrance

1. Miami: Everglades Safari Park Airboat Tour and Park Entrance

Discover the flora and fauna of Everglades Safari Park while your captains navigate through the pristine waters of the national park on an airboat tour. Get to know this unique landscape up close with a guide. Enjoy wildlife shows, exhibits, an observation platform, and a jungle trail boardwalk. Begin your airboat journey deep into nature's mysterious wilderness. Relax as you pass through an intricate River of Grass system. Learn about the wetlands from your guide as you maneuver through this secretly preserved jungle and its inhabitants. Experience breathtaking panoramic views as you glide along the park with stops on levees along the way. Be on the lookout for alligators, turtles, deers, wild hogs, and raccoons. Encounter native flora and other exotic wildlife in the Everglades' lush vegetation and tranquility. After your 40-minute airboat ride, take a closer look at some of the animals that call the Florida Everglades home during an interactive Wildlife Nature Show. You can also explore the winding Jungle Trail on foot, view the observation deck, and see other park exhibits.

Orlando: Boggy Creek Airboat Ride with Options

2. Orlando: Boggy Creek Airboat Ride with Options

The Central Florida Everglades are natural wonders, best explored with locals who know their backwaters. The beautiful landscape and expert guidance of your captain will make this tour a trip that you'll never forget. Guests on the Scenic Nature Tour explore narrow water trails engulfed in the brush of the Central Florida Everglades. On this tour you'll stop periodically, hoping to spot Florida's state reptile, the American Alligator, in its natural setting. Witness rare and endangered birds swooping effortlessly through the skies as the sunshine warms your body and the wind whips through your hair. Other wildlife abounds throughout the trip. This tour is perfect for groups and families looking to explore and learn about the unexpected side of Central Florida. A longer trip on a Detailed Nature Tour of 1-hour increases the number of encounters with Florida's wildlife, especially the American Alligator, which can reach up to 15 feet in length and 1,000 pounds. You'll experience nature right alongside turtles, bald eagles, blue herons, deer, and a wide variety of waterfowl in their natural environment, not in captivity. Be sure to also check out the Gem Mining Station. You will be able to purchase buckets filled with treasures that are native to Florida and take them to the mining station. While mining, you will discover various gems, alligator teeth, shark teeth, rocks, and other treasures. There will be an additional charge for gem mining bags or buckets. A restaurant with indoor or patio seating is available, where you can dine before or after your tour (at your own expense).

Everglades National Park: Guided Kayak Tour of the Wetlands

3. Everglades National Park: Guided Kayak Tour of the Wetlands

Explore the subtropical Everglades wilderness on a kayak tour led by a trained naturalist. Discover the magical mangrove tunnels and cypress forests, and spot the wildlife in their natural habitat, including alligators, eagles, and herons. Learn about the area and its ecosystems from your guide. Enjoy transportation from the meeting place to the launch point of your trip near Everglades National Park, where you'll get instruction on how to safely maneuver the kayak. Set off through the kayaking trail as you learn about the Everglades' plants, animals, and ecosystems from your guide. Keep an eye out for animals in their natural habitats like alligators, bald eagles, osprey, herons, egrets, cormorants, anhingas, spoonbills, and other birds. As you paddle through the beautiful trail you'll discover some charming hidden spots along the way with the help of your local guide.

Marco Island: 2-Hour Dolphin, Birding, and Shelling Tour

4. Marco Island: 2-Hour Dolphin, Birding, and Shelling Tour

On this 2-hour tour near Marco Island, explore the Ten Thousand Islands with a Florida Master Naturalist Guide. Enjoy the wild dolphin show before visiting an uninhabited barrier island beach to collect shells and other treasures. Depending on the season, expect to see manatees, dolphins, sea turtles, bald eagles, ospreys, herons, egrets, pelicans, alligators, rosette spoonbills, and numerous species of fish and shorebirds. Learn about the Everglades eco-systems, flora and fauna, rich heritage, and long history. The area's wildlife moves around so each tour is different. Many species are seasonal and inhabit different areas depending on environmental conditions. Be sure to bring your camera, binoculars, sunglasses, snacks, favorite drinks, a hat, and towels.

Everglades Day Safari from Fort Lauderdale

5. Everglades Day Safari from Fort Lauderdale

Explore the subtropical wilderness of the Everglades on an Everglades Day Safari. The safari includes narrated transportation from Fort Lauderdale to the four main ecosystems of the Everglades. Once in the Everglades board an airboat and glide across the "River-of-Grass" through the shallow waters of the sawgrass prairies. Returning to dry land, embark on a wildlife drive into Big Cypress National Preserve where we explore the ancient cypress swamps of the Everglades backcountry searching for alligators, turtles, and birds. Stroll through Big Cypress and see bromeliads, orchids, coco plums, and a wide variety of flora that make up the marshes and swamps of the wilderness. During the afternoon break you will enjoy an excellent lunch at a waterside restaurant in the heart of the Everglades. Selections range from grilled shrimp, blackened Mahi, fried chicken sandwiches, and burgers to salads. Finally, take a relaxing scenic boat ride into the mangrove forest of Everglades National Park. The cruise navigates the shallow, mangrove-lined waters of the 10,000 Islands looking for manatees, sea turtles, dolphins, osprey and a variety of other marine life thrive here.

Everglades National Park: Private 2.5-Hour Photo Safari

6. Everglades National Park: Private 2.5-Hour Photo Safari

The entire Everglades area, including Everglades National Park, is a wonderful place for birding. With over 300 species of birds throughout the year, it is the only park that was established for its biological and ecological considerations rather than its geological features. However, most of the 1.5 million acres in the park are flooded, and essentially out of reach for the average birder and photographer. This tour provides you with the opportunity to take your equipment to these areas; this experience is only for 1 or 2 participants, and there is plenty of room to take your tripods. Maximize your photo shooting opportunities on this 2.5-hour private experience. On other tours, your guide must balance the needs and desires of all aboard, but with this private tour, you are the focus. If you need to reposition for lighting, wait until a particular subject is where you want them to be, or want to see a particular species or landscape, your naturalist guide can do it. As the seasons change, migrations and bird populations vary. While you never know what you will encounter, in general you can expect a plethora of shore birds, wading birds, and raptors. Keep an eye out for dolphins, manatees, sea turtles, alligators, and a vast variety of other wildlife as well.

Everglades National Park: Bird and Dolphin Boat Tour

7. Everglades National Park: Bird and Dolphin Boat Tour

Discover one of the best areas for birdwatching in the USA on a 2-hour guided tour of the Everglades National Park. With over 300 species of birds throughout the year, it is the only Park that was established for its biological and ecological considerations rather than its geological features. Most of the 1.5 million acres in the Park are flooded and essentially out of reach for the average birder and photographers. However, with this tour, you will be able to access areas seldom reached by others. Your tour takes place on a quiet powerboat to avoid wildlife disturbances. Depending on the season, expect to encounter manatees, dolphins, sea turtles, bald eagles, ospreys, herons, egrets, pelicans, rosette spoonbills, as well as numerous species of fish and shorebirds.

Everglades National Park: Motorboat Eco Tour

8. Everglades National Park: Motorboat Eco Tour

Cruise through the Everglades National Park on this motorboat tour. Admire the wildlife and serene nature of the Everglades up close. Catch glimpses of the local wildlife from bottlenose dolphins to five different species of sea turtles and hopefully a manatee. Also, see sting rays and a variety of fish and birds native to the Everglades. Stop along the tour and explore one of the 10,000 islands in the park. Admire the natural and historical beauty of the Everglades from finding beautiful shells to ancient Calusa Indian relics.

Miami: Everglades Day Trip w/ Wet Walk, Boat Trips, & Lunch

9. Miami: Everglades Day Trip w/ Wet Walk, Boat Trips, & Lunch

Get to know the wildlife and plants of the Everglades on a guided day tour. Set off on a wet walk through the wetlands with a naturalist guide. Take a boat tour of the 10,000 islands in the Everglades National Park to see dolphins, manatees, and more. See the real Everglades on an airboat tour. After pickup, start your adventure with an amazing wet walk led by an experienced naturalist. Enjoy the opportunity to see rare orchids, other amazing epiphytes, and incredible wildlife, all under a beautiful canopy of cypress trees that few get to see. Tick this experience off your bucket list. Next, take a spectacular guided 60-minute boat tour of the 10,000 islands in the Everglades National Park with a boat captain guide. See pods of dolphins, manatees, sawfish, roseate spoonbills, white pelicans, and more. Visit a historic trading post along with other surprise eco stops. Then, tuck into a delicious local lunch before taking a 1-hour airboat trip out in the real Everglades. Stop at a Native tree island village that is only accessible by airboat. Learn why the Native peoples inhabited these areas and experience the authentic beauty of their remote way of life.

Naples, FL: Manatee, Dolphin, & 10,000 Islands Sunset Cruise

10. Naples, FL: Manatee, Dolphin, & 10,000 Islands Sunset Cruise

Enjoy a magical sunset cruise in Florida. Visit Everglades National Park, a World Heritage Site, and admire the hundreds of animal species, including turtles, alligators, and many beautiful birds. Meet your guide at the Port of the Islands Marina to begin your cruise. Jump aboard the cruise, relax and enjoy the calming waters as you head through the Everglades to the 10,000 islands to watch the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico waters. Love mother nature and animals? Well, this is the perfect place for you. Relax, unwind, and enjoy a night watching the sun go down; if you're lucky, you will see the manatees up close and personal.

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4.7 / 5

based on 401 reviews

It was a beautiful morning at Everglades Safari Park. The park staff is extremely friendly and helpful. The airboat tour was also an absolute highlight. The guide gives a little insider knowledge about the Everglades. After the tour there will be another show. Here you get to know some crocodiles - including little Snappie! Highly recommended: 5/5!

Guides were awesome and extremely knowledgeable. Super fun and they know how to keep you entertained very well with jokes and knowledgeable information about the Everglades at the same time.

Amazing experience to see what is a real signature of Florida, Everglades. I had so much fun with my kids. Boats are too noise though, we could have had even more fun with good earmuffs.

The guides were incredible as was the experience. learned a lot, saw many birds and dolphins and collected beautiful shells. The guides shared a lot of knowledge and love of the area.

Great first time experience for us and it was as described. Friendly staff and good experience. The little restaurant is cozy and nice too.