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Orlando: Wildlife Watching Everglades Airboat Ride

1. Orlando: Wildlife Watching Everglades Airboat Ride

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 our 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 our 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 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).

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

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

On this 2-hour tour of Marco Island, enjoy the comfort of the captain's style seating and travel deep into the area’s 10,000 islands for an interpretive tour and shelling with a certified naturalist guide. 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, and a hat. 

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Everglades: Airboat Tour and Wildlife Show

3. Everglades: Airboat Tour and Wildlife Show

See crocodiles and alligators side by side at Florida's famous Everglades. Take an airboat ride, then catch an educational wildlife show to see these creatures in their natural habitat. Located just 50 minutes west of Miami, head to the Everglades National Park, one of the largest national parks in the USA and the largest tropical wetlands in the world. After paying the $5 eco-tax at check-in, learn more about the 120 different species of native trees here, the 300 different species of birds, 30 species of snakes and other inhabitants including the black bear, fox, and Florida panther. Experience the highlight of the Everglades, which is seeing alligators in the wild. On this tour, you can encounter the alligators during the airboat ride. Then, admire the wildlife show and educational presentation.

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From Miami: Everglades National Park Day Trip with Airboat Ride, Wildlife Show & Transfer

4. From Miami: Everglades National Park Day Trip with Airboat Ride, Wildlife Show & Transfer

Get picked up from your accommodation and journey to the beautiful Everglades. When you arrive, your day on this fascinating park really begins. Discover the diverse wildlife in the area such as birds, snakes, and bears. Encounter the fascinating wildlife and curious plants as you glide through the waters of the Everglades, an exclusive paradise for animal species. Next, enjoy an airboat ride guided by experts who will detail the amazing history of this national park. Round off the day by watching an entertaining wildlife show. With daily departures in both the morning and the afternoon, this tour is the ideal day out for the whole family.

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Miami: Everglades Park Fan-Boat Tour and Animal Presentation

5. Miami: Everglades Park Fan-Boat Tour and Animal Presentation

Visit the Everglades, the largest national park in the USA, and discover a unique ecosystem with diverse flora and fauna. The Everglades National Park is home to more than 120 different species of trees, more than 300 species of birds, and countless snakes in the largest tropical wetlands in the world. Have the chance to see turtles, brown bears, foxes, and the Florida panther as well as numerous native tribes. The highlight of your trip is the speedy ride on an airboat. See crocodiles and alligators that only share a habitat in Florida, then learn more about these fascinating animals with an exciting animal show.

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Everglades: Birding, Wildlife, and Photography Expedition

6. Everglades: Birding, Wildlife, and Photography Expedition

Take a leisurely ride through the Everglades National Park's 10,000-island ecosystem, where you will enjoy perfect photo opportunities of birds and other wildlife in their natural habitat. Stop on an uninhabited barrier island, where your Florida certified Master Naturalist guide will take you on an walk and help you discover even more photo opportunities of this impressive environment. Your guide will be on the hunt for birds and wildlife of all types — roseate spoonbills, osprey, ibis, great blue herons, tri-color herons, snowy egrets, shore birds, and bald eagles as well as other animals like dolphins, sea turtles, manatees, and other saltwater creatures. The boat, limited to 6 passengers with comfortable seating, is a large, stable platform for birding and photography. There's even space for a camera tripod, so feel free to bring large telephoto lenses. The Everglades Birding, Wildlife, and Photo Expedition is essentially a 2-part adventure. First, it is a boat exploration of the 10,000 islands, where you will learn about the Everglades ecosystem, its history, and rich culture. Here you are likely to encounter dolphins, manatees, sea turtles, and a plethora of different birds. On the second part, your guide will beach the boat and take you on an stroll along one of the Everglades National Park's many uninhabited barrier islands. See the unique ecosystem up close and nab more photo opportunities.

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Everglades National Park 3-Hour Kayak Eco Tour

7. 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.

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Orlando: Airboat Safari with Transportation

8. Orlando: Airboat Safari with Transportation

Head out to one of the leading fish camps in Central Florida for an open-air adventure aboard a speedy airboat. Tour the Central Florida Everglades, an ecosystem rich in wildlife, with alligators, golden eagles, and egrets all in abundance. There are approximately 2,400 airboats registered in the nearby counties, and many of them are operated on this lake system throughout the year. This 30-minute airboat adventure takes you to one of the most popular airboat farms in Central Florida. You simply can't visit Florida without taking an airboat ride – it truly is a unique experience! Return to Orlando by lunchtime, memories in tow. Each airboat ride is a unique opportunity to see Florida's alligators, bald eagles, otters, blue herons, and other wildlife. If you're visiting Orlando, Orlando's Central Florida Everglades is an attraction in itself. A Florida classic – don't miss it!

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Everglades National Park: Boat Assisted Kayak Eco Tour

9. Everglades National Park: Boat Assisted Kayak Eco Tour

This signature tour opens up the remote areas of Florida’s Everglades National Park right before your eyes! Experience the popular 3.5-hour eco-adventure by boat, kayak, and on foot. You will be in the company of a Master Naturalist tour guide throughout, who will introduce you to the history of the area and point out the extraordinary flora and fauna as you tour. Using a dedicated kayak transport boat, see some of the most beautiful and remote areas of the Everglades National Park, yet still be back in time for lunch, dinner, or another tour. Encounter a wide variety of wildlife, from manatees, dolphins, and sea turtles, to bald eagles, ospreys, herons, egrets and roseate spoonbills, to name just a few. Each tour is tailored to the group and the natural environment of the day, making every tour different. No trip is canned and the wildlife and conditions are wild, just like you’d expect from the Everglades!

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Everglades National Park: Bird and Dolphin Boat Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Everglades City

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 401 reviews

It was a great experience. From the moment we checked in, to spending time in the farm and the timely departure. It was a bit chilly weather, with the heavy wind, it became an adventure for sure. Strongly suggest carrying a jacket with you. Ride was super fun.

Wonderful captain and first mate. Very knowledgeable and professional. Would highly recommend.

The captain was funny. We learned a lot at the animal show. Great paths.

Awesome experience! Our guide Tanner was hilarious.

Boat captain was very informative and transparent.