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Everglades National Park: Mangrove Tunnel Kayak Eco-Tour

1. 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.

Marco Island: 10,000 Islands Shelling Tour by Boat

2. Marco Island: 10,000 Islands Shelling Tour by Boat

Learn the fine art of shell collecting on the remote barrier island beaches of Florida’s 10,000 Islands, and escape the shelling hordes of Marco Island and Captiva. Make your own way to Goodland Boating Park to climb aboard a boat that will take you to remote beaches that have not been picked over by others. Few shell collectors know about - or can get to - the beaches of these islands, resulting in pristine shelling opportunities. Touring in small groups, you will be led by a shelling guide with decades of experience. Learn about the nuances of the tide, winds, and locations that affect shelling, and the life cycle and habitat of different species. Your guide even has the knack of finding the Gulf Coast's most prized shell treasure; the junonia!

Everglades National Park: Guided Kayak Tour of the Wetlands

3. Everglades National Park: Guided Kayak Tour of the Wetlands

Explore the subtropical Everglades wilderness on a kayak tour led by a trained naturalist. Discover the magical mangrove tunnels and cypress forests, and spot the wildlife in their natural habitat, including alligators, eagles, and herons. Learn about the area and its ecosystems from your guide. Enjoy transportation from the meeting place to the launch point of your trip near Everglades National Park, where you'll get instruction on how to safely maneuver the kayak. Set off through the kayaking trail as you learn about the Everglades' plants, animals, and ecosystems from your guide. Keep an eye out for animals in their natural habitats like alligators, bald eagles, osprey, herons, egrets, cormorants, anhingas, spoonbills, and other birds. As you paddle through the beautiful trail you'll discover some charming hidden spots along the way with the help of your local guide.

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

4. 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.

Fort Myers: Guided Standup Paddleboarding or Kayaking Tour

5. Fort Myers: Guided Standup Paddleboarding or Kayaking Tour

Discover the wildlife of Fort Myers' waterways on a guided tour in a SUP or kayak. See sea turtles and crabs, get a workout from your SUP, and enjoy panoramic views of the waterways. Meet your guide at the shore and start with a short introduction course to standup paddling. Practice on land first before heading into the water. If you prefer sitting to standup paddling, join the tour in a kayak. Head out into the water in search of wildlife. Spot manatees and dolphins frolicking, look out for sea turtles, and see crabs scuttling along the sand.

Fort Myers: Cape Coral Canal & Mangrove Sunset Boat Tour

6. Fort Myers: Cape Coral Canal & Mangrove Sunset Boat Tour

Discover the stunning vistas of Cape Coral and Fort Myers on an evening boat trip. Along with your local guide, cruise through the canals of Cape Coral and watch for multi-million dollar yachts and homes. Sail further to the mangroves near Fort Myers to spot manatees, birds, and an electric sunset. Kick off your sightseeing cruise by meeting your guide in Cape Coral and boarding the boat. Pass through the area's iconic canals, taking in the city's towering skyline, sandy beaches, and expansive piers. Take a photo of the luxurious homes lining the coastline or watch for superyachts. Continue further to Fort Myers, one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States. Watch the mangroves for local wildlife like manatees, cormorants, pelicans, alligators, and turtles. Snap a photo with family or friends as the sun sets across the water and then slowly cruise back to the docks.

IMAG History & Science Center: Skip-the-Line Ticket

7. IMAG History & Science Center: Skip-the-Line Ticket

Get access to the Hands-on Hall, Second Floor Weather Experience, History Hall, Touch Tank, 3D movies, Living Lab, Fish-Eye Lagoon, and outdoor exhibits, all with this skip-the-line ticket to IMAG History & Science Center in Fort Myers. Learn about the wonders of the world across IMAG’s 60 interactive exhibits. Touch a stingray, watch a 3D movie, and see the wonders of the aquatic life that surrounds the area. Spend time in the Hands-on Hall and Weather Hall for even more fun. Get special insight into the history of Southwest Florida, including exhibits on the Calusa Indians, highlighting the industrious tools they crafted from the area’s rich estuaries and natural materials. Make sure to stop at the Science on a Sphere exhibit, where facts are projected onto a huge globe. No stone is left unturned during your visit, so expect to leave packed with knowledge about the earth, space, sea, and history.

Everglades Day Safari from Sanibel, Fort Myers & Naples

8. Everglades Day Safari from Sanibel, Fort Myers & Naples

Explore the subtropical wilderness of the Everglades on Florida’s finest eco-tour with the Everglades Day Safari. The safari includes narrated transportation from the Sanibel/Fort Myers/Naples area to the four main ecosystems of the Everglades. First, take a nature walk through an ancient forest of towering cypresses. See where bald eagles nest and where mother gators seek shaded seclusion to raise their pups. Then take a relaxing 60-minute boat cruise. Your cruise navigates the shallow, mangrove-lined waters of the 10,000 Islands in Everglades National Park. Manatees, sea turtles, dolphins, osprey and a variety of other marine life thrive here. During the afternoon break you will enjoy an excellent lunch at a waterside restaurant in the heart of the Everglades. You will be offered alligator appetizers in addition to several delicious lunch entrees. Enjoy a wildlife drive in the Big Cypress National Preserve after lunch. Tour the sawgrass prairies of the Everglades back country. Alligators, turtles and birds abound in front of a backdrop that is reminiscent of the great plains of Africa. On the final stop of the day board a 60-minute airboat ride through the Alligator Flag marshes of the headwaters of the Everglades. Alligators, turtles and over 30 species of birds can be seen. Tours depart daily with several convenient pick-ups in southwest Florida starting at 7:15 AM. Tours are limited to small groups and reservations are required.

Fort Myers: Sanibel Beach and Cape Coral Dolphin Boat Tour

9. Fort Myers: Sanibel Beach and Cape Coral Dolphin Boat Tour

Discover the stunning vistas of Cape Coral, Fort Myers, and Sanibel on a guided boat tour. Cruise through the canals of Cape Coral and watch for multi-million dollar yachts. Sail further towards Fort Myers and Sanibel to watch for dolphins, turtles, manatees, pelicans, and maybe even an eagle ray. Kick off your sightseeing cruise by meeting your guide in Cape Coral and boarding the boat. Pass through the area's iconic canals, taking in the city's towering skyline, sandy beaches, and expansive piers. Take a photo of the luxurious homes lining the coastline or watch for curious dolphins. Continue further to Fort Myers, one of the fastest growing cities in the United States, and Sanibel, known for its warm, quiet beaches. Watch for local wildlife like manatees, cormorants, pelicans, dolphins, and turtles. Snap a group photo with family or friends before returning to the docks.

Cape Coral: Guided Snorkeling Getaway Tour at CJ Reef

10. Cape Coral: Guided Snorkeling Getaway Tour at CJ Reef

Set out on your adventure to experience the natural beauty of Cape Coral. Explore a hidden gem in Florida and see one of the most marvelous beaches in Fort Myers on this snorkeling tour at CJ Reef. Start your day by learning the basics of snorkeling from your guide. This tour is suitable for beginner snorkelers and does not need prior experience, so you get to have fun as long as you know how to swim. Once equipped with the basics, your guide will take you to discover CJ Reef. Hear about the marine wildlife on the island and find yourself amidst some of the best shelling in the world. Be left speechless as you become one with nature.

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4.8 / 5

based on 416 reviews

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!

Guides Ryan and Chandra were very knowledgeable about the Everglades fauna and flora as well as local lore on the Indigenous peoples like the Calusa tribe. They were very helpful coaching us on how to maneuver our kayaks through the narrow waterways and mangrove areas of the Glades.

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.

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

So much fun! We had a pod of dolphins follow us almost all the way to the beach. Lots of shells, very fun.