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Our most recommended Florida Safaris & Wildlife Activities

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 Safari Park: Airboat Tour and Park Entrance

3. 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.

Tampa: ZooTampa at Lowry Park Entry Ticket

4. Tampa: ZooTampa at Lowry Park Entry Ticket

ZooTampa brings together animals and visitors to create unforgettable, natural connections. Home to more than 1300 animals, the park is famous for having one of the most beautiful, tropical zoological settings in the world. Get closer to wildlife than ever before by touching a giant tortoise, feeding a giraffe, getting nose-to-horn with an Indian rhino, hand-to-fin with slippery stingrays, and more. Families can also splash in water play areas, feel the adrenaline on rides and watch educational shows. At the David A. Straz Jr. Manatee Hospital, the zoo’s vets and animal-care staff treat sick, injured, and orphaned manatees, and return them to the wild after rehabilitation. The zoo cares for the most diverse group of wildlife in Florida, and has won numerous awards for animal preservation.

Crystal River Small Group Swim with Manatee Tour

5. Crystal River Small Group Swim with Manatee Tour

Swim with manatees in the spring-fed King’s Bay Wildlife Refuge in Crystal River, home to the world’s largest population of the endangered creatures during the winter. Encounter these gentle giants in their natural habitat. Benefit from the services of a Coast Guard certified captain and in-water educator and photographer. Learn about the animals in a classroom-type setting and get tips to make the most of your day. Hear about passive interaction to make sure that the animals enjoy the experience just as much as you do! Then, suit up and board a covered pontoon boat to immerse yourself in the manatees' world. Be treated like royalty aboard the boat and see the wildlife refuge in style. Return to the facility at the end of your adventure and visit the one-of-a-kind gift shop! Hear about other local attractions and restaurants, and get answers to any questions you may have before you depart.

Orlando: Drive-Thru Safari Park at Wild Florida

6. Orlando: Drive-Thru Safari Park at Wild Florida

Discover the exotic animal species and native wildlife of the Wild Florida Airboats and Gator Park. Drive your vehicle through on a self-guided tour through the open areas of the park. See more than 100 exotic animals and native Florida wildlife like white-tailed deer, bison, cracker cows, zebras, watusi, and oryx. Check out a massive pond inside the park dedicated exclusively as a home for some alligators. Stop and hand-feed the incredible giraffes for a once in a lifetime experience.

Key West Double Dip: 2-Stop Reef Snorkeling Trip

7. Key West Double Dip: 2-Stop Reef Snorkeling Trip

The only thing better than snorkeling in Key West is doing it twice! Climb aboard the fast Fury catamaran and head out to Key West’s underwater marvels. During this 3-hour trip you’ll have the opportunity to explore the reef at 2 different locations. The Reef Express is a 57-foot power catamaran built for speed and comfort. It’s the quickest way to get to the reef, so you spend less time traveling and more time snorkeling. Once you reach the reef, you’ll be provided top-of-the-line snorkeling gear including a snorkel, mask, fins and a snorkeling vest. You’ll also get some professional tips and guidance on how to snorkel to better enjoy your experience. After meeting some of the most popular residents – the colorful marine species that inhabit the reef – you'll be transported to another ideal location on the reef for more snorkeling. Double Dip provides approximately 1.5-hours of Key West snorkeling during a 3-hour adventure. If you select the Double Dip Sunset Combo trip, after experiencing the finest Key West snorkeling, the Reef Express will head out to sea to find the perfect place to watch a dramatic sunset. Raise your glass of complimentary Champagne as you toast another fun-filled day in the paradise that is Key West.

Orlando: Boggy Creek Airboat Ride with Options

8. 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).

Key West: Dolphin Watching & Snorkeling

9. Key West: Dolphin Watching & Snorkeling

Climb aboard the Sunset One dolphin boat, sit back and listen to your tour guide explain where you are and where you are heading. Get ready to watch dolphins frolic in their natural playground.  Marvel as the dolphin swim closer to the boat so you can get a better view. Head out to the small islands within the boundaries of the Key West National Wildlife Refuge. Soak in this beautiful little chain of islands and jump into the gorgeous reef, perfect for snorkeling.  See fish up close and maybe some turtles. Climb back aboard and settle yourself in for the ride back to the dock with an ice cold draft beer. Watch the beautiful panoramic sunset over the crystal clear turquoise waters.

Fort Lauderdale: Flamingo Gardens Entry Ticket

10. 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.

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4.4 / 5

based on 3,629 reviews

We had a lot of fun on this airboat ride. We saw a few alligators and a beautiful sunset. The whole village and restaurant were very interesting and we would Iike to go back and explore some more.

Highly recommended, we all said this was the best activity we did all holiday in Florida, including the rides. Amazing alligators and stunning sunset. Put this top of your list!

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.

Captain Russ, Mario and Bradley did a fantastic job! They were very knowledgeable and personable! We highly recommend this awesome adventure!

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