Things to do in Everglades City

Our most recommended things to do in Everglades City

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.

Miami: Everglades Safari Park Airboat Tour and Park Entrance

3. Miami: Everglades Safari Park Airboat Tour and Park Entrance

Discover the flora and fauna of Everglades Safari Park while your captains navigate through the pristine waters of the national park on an airboat tour. Get to know this unique landscape up close with a guide. Enjoy wildlife shows, exhibits, an observation platform, and a jungle trail boardwalk. 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.

Everglades National Park: Mangrove Tunnel Kayak Eco-Tour

4. 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

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

Embark on a real adventure with an airboat tour of the Florida Everglades and entry to the alligator and reptile exhibit. Explore this fascinating natural wonder, hear the history of the Seminole people, and learn about the wildlife you sport from your captain. Board your airboat and glide out into the Everglades. As you cruise, listen to fascinating historical and ecological facts from your captain. Listen to tales of how the Native American Seminole people and panthers once coexisted in this lush wilderness. Keep an eye out for rare and endangered wildlife as you skim across the glassy water, through grassy rivers, and over the tropical marsh. After your airboat tour, head into the alligator and reptile exhibit. Get up close to a baby alligator and touch its unique skin and learn about these formidable predators.

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

6. 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.

Orlando: Boggy Creek Airboat Ride with Options

7. 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: Birding, Wildlife, and Photography Expedition

8. 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.

Miami Combo: Hop-on Hop-off Tour, Bay Cruise, & Everglades

9. Miami Combo: Hop-on Hop-off Tour, Bay Cruise, & Everglades

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.

Orlando: 90-Minute Airboat Everglades Adventure Tour

10. Orlando: 90-Minute Airboat Everglades Adventure Tour

Discover Shingle Creek in Central Florida on a 1.5-hour airboat tour into the headwaters of the Florida Everglades. Travel back in time to the days before urban development and the theme parks of Orlando encroached on the Florida swamps. Go to the site where the largest living estuary in the world starts from a little creek, and capture the splendor of nature on your camera. Hear stories about the Native Americans and early settlers who carved their trails into the swamps. Travel by state-of-the-art, 8-12 passenger stadium seating boat for unobstructed views of the diverse wildlife and plant life. Venture into a natural, living environment of lush vegetation, and glide through swamp marsh and wet prairie land. Venture into the thick vegetation, looking for endangered American Bald Eagles, all sizes of American Alligator, and the many other species of wildlife that inhabit the largest sub-tropical eco-system in the continental United States.

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What people are saying about Everglades City

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 6,260 reviews

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.

I and my daughter had an amazing time there. the staff in the shop, the gentleman who drove our boat and the instructor at the end were perfect. We could not have had a better time. I truly could not express a better appreciation for everything.

Fantastic boat trip and wildlife talk. Well organised and no waiting around.

Very well organised, great guide. First time for us and loved it

Excellent trip, really glad we booked the 1 hour one.