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Best Wildlife Viewing in the Everglades

By Viator, October 2014

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Everglades National Park is one of the most unique habitats in the world, with fresh and saltwater co-mingling and most of the land submerged under water for most of the year. As a result, wildlife such as deer, alligators and other reptiles, and a wide variety of bird life have learned to adapt. Most visitors to the Everglades are hoping to see an alligator close up—but not too close—and there are many opportunities to view the native inhabitants of the Everglades, depending on your favored mode of locomotion.

For paddlers, the 99-mile (159 km) Wilderness Waterway is a canoeist or kayaker’s Route 65, winding through shallow flats, tangles of mangroves or melancholy bays—a feast for the eyes and senses. Dolphins, manatees and yes, gators and crocodiles, will be your traveling companions (Everglades National Park is one of the few places in the world where alligators and crocodiles coexist). Of course, if you’re looking for a shorter excursion, there are plenty of other routes to explore.  

Bicyclers will enjoy the Shark Valley Tram Road, a 15-mile paved road that offers multiple opportunities to spot deer, herons, turtles and alligators. Hikers and walkers looking for a scenic stroll will want to check out the Anhinga Trail, a half-mile (.8 km) trail in the Pine Island Trails group, for maximum wildlife viewing. The Loop Road is an excellent option for those who wish to view the denizens of the Everglades from the safety of their automobile.

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Private Tour: Florida Everglades Airboat Ride and Wildlife Adventure

4.5 star rating: Recommended 52 Reviews

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Duration: 2 - 4 hours

From USD $43.69

Florida Everglades Small-Group Eco-Adventure by Foot, Kayak and Boat

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Location: Fort Myers, Florida
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes

From USD $149.89

Best Small-Group Wildlife Boat Tour in Florida Everglades National Park

4.5 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Location: Fort Myers, Florida
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes

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Miami Everglades Airboat Adventure with Transport

4 star rating: Recommended 230 Reviews

Location: Miami, Florida
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes

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Florida Everglades Airboat Tour and Alligator Show from Fort Lauderdale

4.5 star rating: Recommended 72 Reviews

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Duration: 4 to 5 hours

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Mangrove Forest Kayak Eco-Tour in Florida Everglades

4.5 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Location: Fort Myers, Florida
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes

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Florida Everglades Airboat Adventure and Wildlife Encounter Ticket

4.5 star rating: Recommended 77 Reviews

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Duration: 2 - 4 hours

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Florida Everglades Airboat Tour and Alligator Encounter with Optional Lunch

4.5 star rating: Recommended 31 Reviews

Location: Orlando, Florida
Duration: 30 minutes or 1 hour

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