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Everglades City Dolphin & whale watching

Our most recommended Everglades City Dolphin & whale watching

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

1. 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

2. 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: Bird and Dolphin Boat Tour

3. 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.

From Naples: 10,000 Islands Boat Trip and Everglades Walk

4. From Naples: 10,000 Islands Boat Trip and Everglades Walk

Discover the natural wonders of the Everglades National Park and the Ten Thousand Islands on a boat tour from Naples, Florida. Visit a historic fishing community, see Cape Romano, and go on a guided walk with a biologist. Enjoy included entry tickets, snacks, and drinks. Following pickup, meet your captain and guide and set off to the Everglades National Park. Along the cruise, witness the area’s vast array of bird species, including the roseate spoonbill, white pelican, and shorebirds. On board, enjoy snacks, water, and soft drinks. Get off on a remote island to explore while listening to the lore of the Old Everglades from your multi-generational captain guide. This is your chance to possibly see dolphins jumping out of the water, manatees, endangered sawtooth fish, and more. Stop at a historic trading post, go on a narrated scenic drive, and get time to grab lunch or a slice of homemade key lime pie if you would like (cost not included). Afterward, join a nature walk led by a master naturalist or a biologist. Embark on an immersive walk along a linear strand in the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. Learn more about the incredible Everglades ecosystem from your guide.

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

5. 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.

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

6. 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.

Everglades National Park: Motorboat Eco Tour

7. 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.

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What people are saying about Everglades City

Glen was engaging, knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating when he took our group out. The boat seats were comfortable and swiveled so easy to look all around. He found dolphins and got them to "play" with us; took us to a great beach and we collected beautiful shells and even found sand dollars; was informative about the Ten Thousand Islands which Marco Island is a part of and the trees in the Mangroves from Glen who has been in the area for over 30 years. He took us to a spot he knew and we saw a Rosy Spoonbill "fishing" which was so cool!! We highly recommend Capt Glen!

Great few hours on the water seeing dolphins, different birds, the dome houses and sea shell hunting water was perfect and learning some history of the islands highly recommend and would do again

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.

We loved this tour so much! Jeff was our tour guide and he was AMAZING!!! We loved everything about this!! Definitely would rebook and highly recommend

Very friendly captain. We had a great time looking for dolphins, which we saw quite a few, and shelling. Would recommend.