Fort Lauderdale Safaris & wildlife activities

Our most recommended Fort Lauderdale Safaris & wildlife activities

Fort Lauderdale: 4-Hour Deep Sea Drift Fishing Trip

1. Fort Lauderdale: 4-Hour Deep Sea Drift Fishing Trip

Set sail on board an 85-foot Gulfcraft fishing boat and fish off the coast of Fort Lauderdale, Florida on a 4-hour morning, afternoon or evening fishing trip. The tour cost per person includes all rod and reel rental, bait and tackle. You will fish approximately 1 mile off the coast, where the ocean bottom drops off quickly to depths of up to 150 feet and the inside edge of the Gulfstream current provides perfect fishing conditions. On daytime trips, you will drift or anchor fish over the reefs, wrecks and rock piles of Fort Lauderdale, and fish for kingfish, tuna, mahi-mahi, wahoo, snapper, grouper, or whatever is biting. For added adventure, nighttime trips anchor up over a spot where the crew chum the water for snapper and grouper. Everything is included in the price; just bring along any food and drink you like. This is a fun trip for novice and experienced anglers, and the crew is there to help you 1-on-1 for the entire trip.

Fort Lauderdale: Flamingo Gardens Entry Ticket

2. Fort Lauderdale: Flamingo Gardens Entry Ticket

Experience a taste of tropical Florida as soon as you enter Flamingo Gardens with a jungle of tropical trees, plants, and over 1,000 orchids. Enjoy a wildlife encounter show presented three times a day, watch playful river otters, and meet some of the animals protected by the sanctuary, such as Josh, a native black bear. Take a narrated 30-minute tram tour through the back 50 acres and experience three different ecosystems, as well as the largest cycad collection in the United States. Stay on the tram the entire time or disembark to discover the Wetlands, the Cycad Garden, the Native Plant Walkway, the Wildflower Garden or the Mango Grove. Visit the Birds of Prey Center, and walk through a half-acre aviary with over 250 wetland birds native to Florida. Step into the past in the historic Wray Home Museum, built in 1933, and stop in the gallery for different shows and exhibits. Tour guides are always present to help you get a taste of old Florida history. In the summer of 2020 — from June 6 until September 13, 2020 — see the award-winning “Nature Connects” exhibit created with over 1.6 million LEGO pieces. The summer of 2021 will host David Rogers' Big Bugs exhibit, a must-see for lovers or art and nature.

From Fort Lauderdale: Bahamas Full-Day Trip by Ferry

3. From Fort Lauderdale: Bahamas Full-Day Trip by Ferry

Journey across the sea from Fort Lauderdale to the Bahamas for a tour of the Caribbean sun and sea. Get picked up early from your accommodation in Miami and driven to the ports. From there, spend the day working on your tan or searching out hidden gems in Grand Bahama. Enjoy the scenic ferry ride by taking a seat above deck or by the windows below and checking out the snacks and drinks available in the coffee shop. Find staff at the information booth for tips on activities and attractions on the island so you can plan your time in advance. Upon arrival at Freeport, Grand Bahama, you’ll have around 5 hours to go on some island adventures around beaches, towns, or shops. Discover famous locations like Crystal Beach/Pig Beach to get up close with island wildlife or the historic market in the International Bazaar.In the late afternoon, board your return ferry to Florida and get driven back to your Miami accommodation.

Fort Lauderdale: 4-Hour Sport Fishing Shared Charter

4. Fort Lauderdale: 4-Hour Sport Fishing Shared Charter

Come out fishing on an exciting half-day sport fishing charter. Enjoy the companionship as you share the boat with a couple of anglers, with a maximum of 6 persons fishing on this trip. You will fish 1-3 miles off the coast of Fort Lauderdale, trolling the reefs, deep dropping around the shipwrecks, and live baiting on the edge of the Gulf Stream current. Here you can catch tuna, dolphin, wahoo, sailfish, sharks, amberjack, barracuda, grouper, and more. This half-day fishing charter will target whatever is biting best on that day to make sure that everyone catches the most fish possible. With only a few persons aboard, you can experience a very one-on-one trip with the captain and mate. No experience is necessary and all equipment is provided for you. Just bring your sunglasses, hat, and a little luck, and get ready to catch some of the biggest species in South Florida.

Everglades Day Safari from Fort Lauderdale

5. Everglades Day Safari from Fort Lauderdale

Explore the subtropical wilderness of the Everglades on Florida’s finest eco-tour with the Everglades Day Safari. The safari includes narrated transportation from Fort Lauderdale to the four main ecosystems of the Everglades. First take a 45-minute airboat ride through the sawgrass prairie of the Everglades. Here you will see alligators, turtles and dozens of species of birds. Enjoy a wildlife drive in the Big Cypress National Preserve. Tour the sawgrass prairies of the Everglades backcountry. Alligators, turtles and birds abound in front of a backdrop that is reminiscent of the great plains of Africa. Next, take a nature walk through an ancient forest of towering cypress. This area is home to bromiliads, orchids and a variety of colorfully adorned flora. During the afternoon break you will enjoy an excellent lunch at a waterside restaurant in the heart of the Everglades. You will be offered alligator appetizers in addition to several delicious lunch entrees. Relax and check out the scenery aboard a 60-minute boat cruise after lunch. The cruise navigates the shallow, mangrove-lined waters of the 10,000 Islands in the Everglades National Park. Manatees, sea turtles, dolphins, osprey and a variety of other marine life thrive here. Tours depart daily with several convenient pickups at many hotels along Fort Lauderdale Beach and Fort Lauderdale starting at 7:15 am. Tours are limited to small groups and reservations are required.

From Miami: Everglades Airboat Ride and Nature Walk

6. From Miami: Everglades Airboat Ride and Nature Walk

Benefit from pickup at your hotel or other location in the Greater Fort Lauderdale and Miami-Dade County area, and then travel by brand new sprinter-style vehicle to Everglades National Park. Appreciate the natural beauty of the area, and learn about its ecological importance. Join a naturalist guide on 2 different nature walks to learn about 3 different ecosystems of the park. Walk through a tropical hardwood hammock to admire the mature trees and beautiful plants and wildlife. Then, drive to the launch site of your 1-hour airboat ride, and glide through the grasses to see wild alligators up close in their natural environment. Visit an historic Miccosukee Indian village, exclusive to the airboat company, and learn about their special customs and way of life. Head back to your hotel at the end of your exhilarating airboat tour, better acquainted with the real Florida.

Everglades: Sawgrass Park Airboat Package

7. Everglades: Sawgrass Park Airboat Package

Enjoy Sawgrass Recreation Park's diverse activities and take advantage of its exciting package while saving some dollars. Explore Florida's Everglades and see the park's numerous reptile exhibits to learn about the history of this remarkable treasure. Available all season long, experience the spirit-renewing airboat tour and glide across the river to come face-to-face with the native wildlife, including alligators, turtles, snakes, frogs, and much more. Explore the park's exhibit areas featuring over 50 reptiles that have been adopted and rescued. Take a walk on the wild side back in time when you meet an original dinosaur, the Florida Alligator. Make sure you bring your camera to capture the “Meet a Baby Alligator” experience. Depending on the packet you choose, enjoy a $15 credit to grab a bite to eat at the Gator Grill, where you can enjoy mozzarella sticks, mac and cheese bites, fries, burgers, hot dogs, chicken tenders, and even some famous gator tacos. Before leaving grab your photo souvenir keychain and your choice of a souvenir t-shirt or hat to bring back home a memory you will never forget.

Sawgrass Park: Private 1-Hour Airboat Adventure Tour

8. Sawgrass Park: Private 1-Hour Airboat Adventure Tour

Embark on a 60-minute airboat tour of the Everglades and get to see all the wildlife, flora, and fauna of this incredible ecosystem. During this tour, which is guided by an experienced Everglades captain, listen to tales of how the Seminole and panther once coexisted in the lush Everglades wilderness. Learn a wealth of other facts and information about the region. As well as catching a glimpse of endangered wildlife as you skim across the water, all airboat ticket purchases automatically include entrance into the Alligator and Reptile exhibit where you can catch educational presentations and even get up close to a baby alligator and touch its unique skin. Choose how you would like to experience the Everglades. The Day Time tour explores this unique ecosystem in full daylight, perfect for getting clear views of the diverse wildlife. The Night Tour travels the dark river to seek out the sights and sounds of various creatures including the nocturnal alligator, distinguishable only by its glowing red eyes.

Everglades: Sawgrass Park Reptile Exhibit Private Tour

9. Everglades: Sawgrass Park Reptile Exhibit Private Tour

Enjoy a family-friendly adventure with a privately guided, 1-hour tour of Sawgrass Recreation Park's reptile exhibit. Explore different reptilian habitats, discover both native and exotic species, and touch and pet some animals for an ultimate learning experience. Enjoy the exclusivity of only your group admitted for the session and wander through the exhibits to learn about turtles, iguanas, snakes, and a 1,000-pound alligator named Cannibal. Listen closely as your guide explains animal conservation efforts and how reptiles survive in the wild. Make sure to bring your camera for the park's "Meet a Baby Alligator" experience.

Florida Keys: Full-Day Kayak and Snorkel Reef Adventure

10. Florida Keys: Full-Day Kayak and Snorkel Reef Adventure

Head out to the spectacular seagrass flats with a marine biologist on a single or double kayak, or stand up paddleboard. See nurse sharks, bonnet head sharks, barracudas, southern stingrays, spotted eagle rays, manatees, sea turtles, tarpon, snook, and more. Practice your paddle boarding skills even if you are a beginner, or find your kayaking groove. Switch as your comfort level changes during the day. Explore the unspoiled old-growth mangrove eco-system and view an array of tropical birds. Paddle out to a pristine mangrove island to snap some amazing photos. Enjoy a delicious lunch and cold drinks. Venture out on a boat to two different coral reef locations in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Snorkel alongside a marine biologist guide who will help identify species of coral, point out intriguing fish behavior, and lead you to new discoveries. Encounter sea turtles, dolphins, many species of fish, moray eels and more. Learn about the three distinct eco-systems observed on your trip. Swimmers of all levels can enjoy this amazing experience together. Soak in the picturesque views and sunbathe on the boat ride back. Take pictures and cherish the memories. 

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4.2 / 5

based on 138 reviews

Captain Jimmy was a great time!!! We went the week after hurricane Ian hit the west coast and I went with no expectations to catch a fish but instead to enjoy the ride and conversation. We had 5 people on our boat and everyone caught a kingfish . The crew was very kind and were very willing to answer questions about the area and give suggestions on places to go ! They cleaned our catch wonderfully! I would definitely recommend this guide service !! What a great time!

It was fantastic. On the trip to the everglades, our guide Ben was able to tell us a lot about Miami and the development of the city, as well as about the people here. There was also a lot to learn about the animals and the Everglades habitat. The boatsman Elvis knew exactly where to find which animal. We were able to admire baby alligators freshly hatched, as well as a large alligator lady. Fantastic communication between humans and animals. A unique experience.

Ryan, Jeremy and the Billy were amazing. 100% great time. This was beyond an amazing experience knowledge of what was going on below and bait to use was so helpful. Will be back again every trip we do to Florida. Great attitudes (even in the rain). Just an amazing experience all . around. Recomend 200%%

The tour guide was super knowledgeable and personable ! He was very communicative and understanding ! I would recommend this to others .

very happy to go it was wonderful and very good attention and the time was excellent