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Best Wildlife Viewing in the Everglades

By Viator, October 2013

3.5 12 Reviews | Add your review

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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Florida Everglades Airboat Tour and Alligator Encounter with Lunch

4.5 star rating: Recommended 16 Reviews

Explore the natural side of Florida and experience its peaceful beauty on an adventure through the Florida Everglades. This ultimate Florida experience ...  Read more

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

From USD $47.29

Small-Group Tour: Everglades Adventure Day Trip from Greater Fort Myers/Naples Area

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 12 Reviews

Spend a full day exploring the wilderness of the Everglades on this adventure from the Greater Fort Myers/Naples area. With your naturalist guide, take an ...  Read more

Location: Fort Myers, Florida
Duration: 9.5 hours

From USD $158.99

Private Tour: Florida Everglades Airboat Ride and Wildlife Adventure

4.5 star rating: Recommended 34 Reviews

For a truly special Florida Everglades airboat tour, splash out on a private airboat ride at Sawgrass Recreation Park. You’ll see Florida gators and other ...  Read more

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

From USD $45.39

Noosa Everglades BBQ Lunch Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 7 Reviews

Escape to Noosa River, enjoy a cruise along the everglades, swim in the pristine waters, explore the region with a guided boardwalk and end your full-day tour ...  Read more

Location: Noosa, Australia
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $100.42

Florida Everglades Airboat Adventure and Wildlife Encounter Ticket

4.5 star rating: Recommended 47 Reviews

Hold on tight for the most popular Florida Everglades airboat ride, at Sawgrass Recreation Park! An exhilarating airboat tour is the perfect introduction to ...  Read more

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

From USD $17.49

Florida Everglades Airboat Tour and Alligator Show from Fort Lauderdale

4.5 star rating: Recommended 18 Reviews

Enjoy an exciting Florida Everglades airboat adventure on this tour from Fort Lauderdale to Everglades Holiday Park. Your expert guide will navigate you ...  Read more

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $58.99

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Take a scenic 1.5-hour drive south of Fort Myers where you can boat, hike and kayak through the beautiful Florida Everglades on this exciting eco-adventure! ...  Read more

Location: Fort Myers, Florida
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $158.95

Miami Everglades Airboat Adventure with Transport

4 star rating: Recommended 141 Reviews

Experience panoramic views of lush vegetation teeming with wildlife as you venture deep into the interior of the Florida tropical wetlands on a Miami ...  Read more

Location: Miami, Florida
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $47.99

Mangrove Forest Kayak Eco-Tour in Florida Everglades

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Take a scenic 1.5-hour drive south of Fort Myers for an unforgettable kayak eco-tour through the Florida Everglades’ mangrove tunnels. This area of the ...  Read more

Location: Fort Myers, Florida
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $105.95

Small-Group Wildlife Boat Tour in Florida Everglades National Park

Located 1.5 hours south of Fort Myers is the incredible Everglades National Park. On this small-group wildlife expedition, take a leisurely boat ride through ...  Read more

Location: Fort Myers, Florida
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $158.95

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