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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.

Everglades National Park: Mangrove Tunnel Kayak Eco-Tour

3. Everglades National Park: Mangrove Tunnel Kayak Eco-Tour

The Everglades area is home to a vast and varied ecosystem containing the largest mangrove forest in North America. The unique Everglades lakes, surrounded by mangroves, are refuges and nursery grounds for herons, egrets, stilts, ducks, wood storks, spoonbills, alligators, otters, and a variety of cute little fish. The Everglades National Park Mangrove Tunnel Kayak Eco-Tour takes you inside the unique mangrove ecosystem in a stable "sit-on-top" kayak (no previous experience required). Weave through the interconnecting, narrow lakes and flowing tidal creeks. Float through tunnels in the mangrove forest, created by the dense mangrove growth up the edges and even over the tops of the interlocking creeks and narrow lakes. The mangrove tunnels make for a surreal and mystical experience with the sunlight shimmering through the canopy, the stillness of the forest vegetation and the sounds of the forest itself. Enjoy learning a wealth of information on the colorful local history of Everglades National Park and its wonderful wildlife and flora.

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.

Everglades National Park: Bird and Dolphin Boat Tour

5. 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 Miami: Best of Florida Combo Tour

6. From Miami: Best of Florida Combo Tour

Get to all the best spots of Florida with a combination tour ticket. Explore the bustling city of Miami for half a day. Then, get to the Everglades National Park to catch sight of an Alligator and ride an Airboat. Finally, a day in Key West is just what you need to relax and soak up some sun. Jump on your round transport from Miami and take advantage of the combination ticket. First up, explore all the highlights Miami has to offer in the comfort of an air-conditioned coach for half a day. Witness the Latin flavors and sounds of Little Havana, explore downtown's waterfront bars and shops, and learn the intriguing history and diverse culture of this unique place. Next, head to the Everglades National Park and learn all about this special ecosystem. Enjoy an airboat tour through the wetlands and try to catch a glimpse of Alligators in their natural environment. Listen to an educational wildlife presentation and discover the lives of alligators, turtles, and wildlife that live in the Everglades. Love being in nature for half the day, with many opportunities to capture photos. After two amazing tours, spend the day relaxing on a full-day tour to Key West. Take in the stunning scenes as you drive across the famous Overseas Highway and the Seven-Mile Bridge. Once there, explore the island's beaches, shops, and restaurants at your own pace, and soak in the sun.

Miami: City Tour With Optional Cruise and Everglades Entry

7. Miami: City Tour With Optional Cruise and Everglades Entry

Explore Miami and learn about the city's history on a guided tour. Visit the Magic City's most emblematic neighborhoods and see iconic sites like Little Havana, South Beach, and Wynwood Walls. Enjoy an optional cruise on Biscayne Bay, and/or visit Everglades Safari Park. Get picked up in an air-conditioned van at your hotel in Miami, then set off on the tour. Make your first stop at Little Havana – Miami’s vibrant Cuban heart. Hear about how the area is a center of social, cultural, and political activity and immerse yourself in its Latin-American influences. Receive local insights, stories, and recommendations for the surrounding area from your guide before moving on to the vibrant Art Deco District. Witness the beauty of an area displaying over 800 Art Deco buildings, then pass by the white-sanded and palm-tree-lined Miami Beach. Next (if a half-day tour is selected), board a boat for another perspective on Miami. Take in the picturesque views of Biscayne Bay and sites like the Miami skyline, the Port of Miami, and Fisher Island. You may even spot a celebrity or two on “Millionaire’s Row,” home of the rich and famous. Finally (if a full-day option is selected), take in the beauty of the Everglades at Everglades Safari Park. Look for alligators and enjoy the natural beauty of this tropical wetland environment. At the end of your tour get dropped off back at your accommodation in downtown Miami.

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What people are saying about Everglades National Park

I booked the trip the day before and we went there in the morning. "Gator Park" is right next to a main road and looks a bit unassuming. The airboat tour was really cool and fast (also thanks to the guide "Dan"). The subsequent crocodile show was very informative and well staged. The whole thing lasted "only" an hour, but it was totally sufficient. A little hint. Rather drive there. By the time we left, the parking lots were exploding and the crowds poured into the Little Park.

My family and I had a great time! The tour guide was very nice and informative. The boat was nice and safe. The shop had quality food and gifts. The shop staff were helpful and very friendly. I highly recommend this outing for all ages.

Even though we only saw a small aligator, it was a fantastic run with a very informative guide who knew everything about Everglades and the environment.

Such a great experience! Stephen was our guide and he was fantastic! I would definitely recommend this airboat ride!

Very good experience! Both the airboat tour and the wild life show were very good.