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Everglades National Park

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Everglades National Park: Airboat Tour and Wildlife Show

1. Everglades National Park: Airboat Tour and Wildlife Show

Discover the Everglades National Park, a diverse landscape providing crucial habitats for numerous rare and endangered species. Take an airboat ride, and view alligators, turtles, and even the elusive Florida panther.  After paying the park admission fee, immerse yourself in swampland often referred to as the River of Grass. The park known as such because of the endless prairies of sawgrass that rise three to ten feet above the surface of the water. Encounter lush vegetation of the Everglades which also includes mangroves, cypress, palms, pines, and hardwood hammocks (small islands). The sawgrass is often so dense that travel is only possible through natural water passages. Ride on an airboat, which is designed to operate well in shallow water and marshlands. Propelled by an aircraft-type propeller and powered by either an aircraft or automotive engine, have a fast and fun journey. Complete your visit with a wildlife and alligator show. Get up close with these remarkable creatures in their natural habitat.

Miami: Everglades Airboat Ride, Wildlife Show & Bus Transfer

2. Miami: Everglades Airboat Ride, Wildlife Show & Bus Transfer

Set off on a guided trip from Miami to discover Florida’s wildlife. Enter Everglades Holiday Park to enjoy a 45-minute airboat ride and an educational wildlife show. Benefit from skip-the-ticket-line entry and receive a free photo of your group. Head to the airboat to begin your guided cruise through the Everglades. Keep watch for native wildlife as your experienced guide will point out alligators, soft-shelled turtles, and birds in their natural habitat.  Next, see a wildlife show and get up close with alligators. Learn how these reptiles — who were once nearly hunted to extinction — made a dramatic recovery in numbers. Even take a photo with a baby alligator at the end of the show.  Board the bus to return to Miami.

Orlando: Boggy Creek Airboat Ride with Options

3. 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: Sawgrass Park Day Time Airboat Tour & Exhibits

4. Everglades: Sawgrass Park Day Time Airboat Tour & Exhibits

Embark on a real adventure with a 30-minute airboat tour of the Florida Everglades and view this fascinating natural wonder from a unique perspective. Your tour will be guided by an experienced captain. During the tour, you'll listen to tales of how the Seminole and panther once coexisted in this lush wilderness. Also, you'll catch a glimpse of endangered wildlife as you skim across the glassy water. On this tour, feel free to let your spirit soar as you view nature at its finest. All airboat ticket purchases automatically include entrance into the alligator and reptile exhibit, where you can get up close to a baby alligator and touch its unique skin.

Miami: Everglades, City Bus Tour, & Millionaire's Row Cruise

5. Miami: Everglades, City Bus Tour, & Millionaire's Row Cruise

Enjoy this 3-part Miami tour to make sure you catch all the must-sees of this vibrant city. From an airboat ride in the Everglades to a guided city tour of Miami, and a boat cruise of Biscayne Bay, cover many bases on this combo tour.  First, discover the Florida Everglades with its rich wildlife of exotic birds, snakes, fish, and turtles. Enjoy a wildlife show with an opportunity to hold a baby alligator. Then, take an airboat ride along the “River of Grass”. Next, discover the city of Miami, hitting all the major spots such as Wynwood, Miami Beach, and the Art Deco District. See movie stars’ and millionaires’ mansions, and hear stories of love, passion, betrayal, and even murder. Finally, take a sightseeing cruise of Biscayne Bay through the Port of Miami and Fisher Island, passing by the “Millionaire’s Row”, a luxurious stretch of real estate – home to wealthy elite movie stars, politicians, famous sports figures, and business leaders. Get a schedule of departures for each experience when you arrive. The tours can be taken on different days based on the schedule provided, and you have 3 days to experience all the activities.

Florida Everglades Small Group Adventure Tour

6. Florida Everglades Small Group Adventure Tour

Benefit from pickup at a pre-arranged location, and then travel in comfort to Everglades National Park. Climb aboard a boat on arrival to take a 1-hour cruise through the pristine freshwaters. Look for native bird and animal species in their natural environment, including roseate spoonbills, white pelicans, manatees, and dolphins.  Then, travel to the heart of the Everglades by airboat, and enjoy an exclusive visit to a Native American tree island village only accessible from the water. Hear how the Miccosukee have survived in the harsh environment, and go for a hike in Big Cypress National Preserve or Everglades National Park. Feast on a delicious lunch of local produce, discover an historic trading post, see the smallest post office in the US, and visit the art gallery of a famous local artist. Get dropped off at your hotel, the airport, or cruise port to end your amazing experience. 

The Everglades: 1-Hour Airboat Night Tour

7. The Everglades: 1-Hour Airboat Night Tour

Join the action at Sawgrass on this thrilling 60-minute night-time airboat ride deep into The Everglades. Experience the nocturnal side of this vibrant ecosystem. You will board a powerful airboat deep in the night to seek out Florida's legendary reptile, the American Alligator. Sneak through The Everglades as you experience the thrill of this eco-system's abundant wildlife and explore the sights and sounds of nocturnal giants. Discover the mysteries of this rich river as you search for the telltale red glow from the eyes of these amazing predators. Slide over the sawgrass and cattails at an excess of 35 miles per hour and take in the wonderful array of flora and fauna.

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.

Florida: 1-Hour Everglades Airboat Ride and Nature Walk

9. Florida: 1-Hour 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.

From Orlando: Miami Day Trip with Upgrade Options

10. From Orlando: Miami Day Trip with Upgrade Options

Take a day to experience the energetic and vibrant city of Miami. Discover the different areas of the city while shopping, enjoying the atmosphere, or simply relaxing. Leave from Orlando early in the morning to experience a whole day of fun. On the way, receive a continental-style breakfast bag to get energized for the day. Choose from the following tour options: • Full-Day Hop-on-Hop-off City Tour: See all that Miami has to offer on two routes of the city. Enjoy live commentary on the tour with plenty of time to explore your choice of stops. Discover Miami's highlights as you hop on and off at your own leisure. • Miami Tour with Celebrity Homes Cruise Around Star Island: See Miami's magnificent coastal sites — including the Miami skyline and the homes of Star Island — on a fully narrated cruise. After, enjoy plenty of time to shop in the Bayside Marketplace Mall and relax on South Beach as well. • Day Tour of Miami: Experience and explore the Bayside Marketplace and South Beach area of one of the most upbeat cities on the East Coast of the United States. Choose this option to have the most free time to explore on your own. • Everglades Adventure and Star Island Cruise: After a brief stop at Bayside Marketplace, set off on an adventure in the Florida Everglades with an airboat ride and animal handling show. Then, head back to Bayside Marketplace for a bit of free time before boarding the Island Queen for a fully narrated cruise around Star Island. Finally, visit South Beach briefly to soak in a little of the atmosphere. After a fun-filled day in Miami, your driver will take you back to Orlando where the tours will end.

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What people are saying about Everglades National Park

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 331 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!

We had an awesome time. The guide was very nice and informative. We saw some nice gators in their habitat. The employees were very respectful when it comes to the animals and didn’t want to disturb them too much.

Excellent trip. We did not see any wildlife because it was hot as _____ . But the boat ride was awesome. I wish we could have gone fast & through more of the tall grass.

Great experience!!! Captain Disco was great and we got to see two alligators! Also, don’t skip out on he exhibit and see the baby alligators!

Although we only saw one alligator or boat ride was fun and informative. The show was also very good