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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.

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From Miami: Half-Day Everglades Airboat Ride & Wildlife Show

2. From Miami: Half-Day Everglades Airboat Ride & Wildlife Show

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.

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

3. 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

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

5. 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.

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Sawgrass Park: Private 1-Hour Airboat Adventure Tour

6. Sawgrass Park: Private 1-Hour Airboat Adventure Tour

Embark on a 60-minute airboat tour of the Everglades and get to see all the wildlife, flora and fauna of this incredible ecosystem. During this tour, which is guided by an experienced Everglades captain, listen to tales of how the Seminole and panther once coexisted in the lush Everglades wilderness. Learn a wealth of other facts and information about the region. As well as catching a glimpse of endangered wildlife as you skim across the glassy water, all airboat ticket purchases automatically include entrance into an exhibit area. Here you can see and interact with reptiles, exotic wildlife, and the "swamp" yard. Choose how you would like to experience the Everglades. The Day Time tour explores this unique ecosystem in full daylight, perfect for getting clear views of the diverse wildlife. The Night Tour travels the dark river to seek out the sights and sounds of various creatures including the nocturnal alligator, distinguishable only by its glowing red eyes.

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

7. 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

8. 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: Sawgrass Park Airboat Tour with Exhibit Entrance

9. Everglades: Sawgrass Park Airboat Tour with Exhibit Entrance

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. And don't forget, all airboat ticket purchases automatically include entrance into the exhibit areas, where you can see a wealth of local and exotic wildlife.

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Everglades Eco Adventure: 2-Hour Sawgrass Recreation Park

10. Everglades Eco Adventure: 2-Hour Sawgrass Recreation Park

Explore the beautiful Everglades and discover the variety of wildlife in the area. Start your adventure with a 30-minute airboat tour of the Florida Everglades. Visit the reptile, exotic wildlife, and "swamp" yard exhibits. Your tour will be guided by experienced captains who will tell you tales during the tour of how the Seminole and the Florida panther once coexisted in this lush wilderness. You will also catch a glimpse of endangered wildlife as you skim across the glassy water.  Your adventure will include a visit to the Exotic Wildlife exhibit, which strives to educate and enlighten the public about endangered species such as the Florida panther, leopards, wolves, and even some surprise smaller mammals. A separate organization brings a variety of animals to the park each day to visit and the handlers are happy to answer any questions about these gentle animals. Take a walk on the wild side back in time with an original dinosaur – the Florida alligator. The reptile exhibit features dozens of species both native and exotic to Florida. Along with the friendly turtles and iguanas, you can learn about Cannibal – the 1,000-pound alligator. The handlers are happy to demonstrate how these animals live and survive in the wild. There is also a variety of monitors and rescued exotic snakes, and you will also have the chance to hold a baby alligator.

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What people are saying about Everglades National Park

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 4,862 reviews

It is a great family activity. We spotted several Everglades residents while on the air boat tour, which was very exciting and informational.

Enjoyed our trip. Show at the end was good. He knows how to keep the audience engaged. Recommend it! Wish the boat ride was little longer.

Loved the thrilling ride in the boat and got to see Alligators in their natural habitat!

We have great time and guide is really friendly place nice Service is very good too

It was a lot of fun. We had a great guide and our whole family enjoyed it.