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Everglades Safari Park: Airboat Tour and Park Entrance

1. Everglades Safari Park: Airboat Tour and Park Entrance

Admire panoramic views as you tour the outstanding Everglades Safari Park in a unique and fun way. Let a professional guide narrate your journey as you get to know this unique landscape up close. 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).

Orlando: 90-Minute Airboat Everglades Adventure Tour

3. Orlando: 90-Minute Airboat Everglades Adventure Tour

Discover Shingle Creek in Central Florida on a 1.5-hour airboat tour into the headwaters of the Florida Everglades. Travel back in time to the days before urban development and the theme parks of Orlando encroached on the Florida swamps. Go to the site where the largest living estuary in the world starts from a little creek, and capture the splendor of nature on your camera. Hear stories about the Native Americans and early settlers who carved their trails into the swamps. Travel by state-of-the-art, 8-12 passenger stadium seating boat for unobstructed views of the diverse wildlife and plant life. Venture into a natural, living environment of lush vegetation, and glide through swamp marsh and wet prairie land. Venture into the thick vegetation, looking for endangered American Bald Eagles, all sizes of American Alligator, and the many other species of wildlife that inhabit the largest sub-tropical eco-system in the continental United States.

Naples, FL: Manatee, Dolphin, and 10,000 Island Sunset Tour

4. Naples, FL: Manatee, Dolphin, and 10,000 Island Sunset Tour

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.

Kissimmee: Boggy Creek Everglades Sunset Airboat Tour Ticket

5. Kissimmee: Boggy Creek Everglades Sunset Airboat Tour Ticket

Experience the excitement of watching the sun set in the Everglades with this airboat tour ticket from Kissimmee. Cruise through West Lake Tohopekaliga as the wetlands awaken for the night. Stay safe with the included hearing protection and life jacket. Check in before your tour and board the airboat. As the sun descends from the heat of the day into the evening watch as cattle start looking for a place to stay for the night, huge flocks of birds fly to their nesting sites, and creatures of the night begin moving out to enjoy the cooler weather. Discover territory that remains unaltered in the wilderness of the Central Florida Everglades. Look for alligators, turtles, and birds in their natural environment. Return to your starting point at the end of your tour.

Everglades National Park 3-Hour Kayak Eco Tour

6. Everglades National Park 3-Hour Kayak Eco Tour

Visit the one and only Everglades National Park. Located in Naples and Marco Island backdoor the Parks is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most unique ecosystems on the Planet.  Led by the Florida Master Naturalists, take part in a 3-hour kayak eco-tour that will depart daily and set off to the truly unique 10,000 Islands of Everglades National Park. Find yourself in the habitat of manatees, dolphin, sea turtles and a vast number of wading and shorebirds. Your tour will launch from Chokoloskee Island, the closest access to the Everglades National Park. The tour routes that are chosen by your professional guides vary daily and seasonally. You may paddle to a rookery where hundreds of wading birds nest in a colony; find yourself surrounded by feeding manatees or dolphins; walk on a Calusa Indian shell mound that are thousands of years old; or paddle with the tidal currents up a river to view endangered roseate spoonbills or small toothed sawfish.

From Miami: Everglades Family Adventure by Airboat

7. From Miami: Everglades Family Adventure by Airboat

Embark on a fun-filled and family-friendly adventure in South Florida. Experience a narrated high-speed airboat ride through Florida's Everglades and catch sight of alligators and local wildlife. Learn about the animals of the area and explore the educational trails. Enjoy hotel pickup from Miami and Maimi Beach locations and head west to Florida's famous Everglades. Board a high-speed airport and go on a wild ride with full narration about the animals and wilderness of the area. Keep your eyes peeled for alligator sightings and learn of the many wild bird species that inhabit these exciting backwaters. Explore around the many trails that showcase the unique ecosystem and enjoy access to the snack bar, gift shop, and restrooms.

Everglades National Park: Bird and Dolphin Boat Tour

8. 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

9. 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.

Everglades National Park: Private 2.5-Hour Photo Safari

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Everglades City

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 401 reviews

It was an experience that we were so glad we booked!! We knew going in that wildlife doesn’t always want to be seen but we were very fortunate that our captain found us two gators not to mention the birds, deer, eagle, turkeys…. But the ride alone would have been great too! We booked an hour tour and it was the perfect amount of time on the water! A very fun and fast speed ride!

Our tour guide took us to some beautiful sites and ensured we saw alligators. We saw two. What I understood to be a 90 minute tour turned out to be 2 hours . Great trip

Capt Scott was fantastic. We saw several alligators and he has a wealth of knowledge on the Everglades and it’s habitat. Thanks!

You might not get to see many gators but if you have the right guide it won’t matter you will still have fun!!

great time! Staff is very friendly and tour guide was excellent. Cant wait to do it again!