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  • Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Duration:  9.5 hours
Explore the wilderness of the Everglades for a full day on this adventure from Ft Lauderdale. With your naturalist guide, take a thrilling airboat ride, spot wildlife on a drive through Big Cypress National Preserve, enjoy a nature walk through a towering cypress forest, and relax on a boat cruise along mangrove-lined waters to see manatees, dolphins and osprey. Learn about the Everglades from your guide and have lunch at a waterside restaurant, where you'll get to try some alligator!

Highlights

  • Full-day Everglades adventure from Ft Lauderdale
  • Enjoy a thrilling 40-minute airboat ride through the wetlands and a van tour through Big Cypress National Park
  • Relax on a 1.5-hour boat cruise through the mangrove forest of Everglades National Park
  • Enjoy a nature walk through an ancient cypress forest and spot wildlife like alligators, turtles and birds
  • Try alligator appetizers during lunch!
  • Your expert naturalist guide will provide interesting commentary and answer any questions you have
  • Small-group tour limited to 13 people ensures a more personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Small-Group Tour: Everglades Adventure Day Trip from Ft Lauderdale

Nature Walk Through the Everglades

You’ll be picked up in the morning and taken by air-conditioned 13-passenger van to the Everglades. With your expert naturalist or biologist guide, enjoy an exciting 40-minute airboat ride across the sawgrass prairies.

Back on dry land, explore the swamps and sawgrass on a narrated van tour through Big Cypress National Preserve. Spot wildlife such as alligators, turtles and birds as you journey through the Everglades backcountry.

Next, take a nature walk through a forest of ancient, towering cypress where alligators seek shade in the summer and bask in the sun in the winter. Herons, egrets, ibis, wood storks and dozens of other species can be spotted throughout the year. Otters, bears, pigs, deer and panthers are rare and exciting to spot.

Take a break in the afternoon for lunch at a waterside restaurant in the heart of the Everglades, where you’ll dine on several lunch entrees or an all-you-can-eat salad bar with peel-and-eat shrimp. You’ll also be offered alligator appetizers!

Your final adventure will be a relaxing 1.5-hour boat cruise through the shallow mangrove-lined waters of the 10,000 islands in Everglades National Park. Here, manatees, sea turtles, osprey and a variety of other marine life thrive. You may even see dolphins feeding in the bay!

Throughout your tour, your expert guide will provide informative, entertaining commentary and answer any questions you have about the nature or the wildlife.

Please Note: The only hotels that include pick up are included on the list, if your hotel is not listed, you must meet at Flamingo Gardens, 3570 S. Flamingo Road, Davie, FL 33330. You must call the tour operator at least 48 hours in advance to obtain an estimated pick-up time.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

This was a wonderful tour. The guide was highly knowledgeable about the everglades history, botany and ecology. As we drove we learned about the Indians who live and lived in the everglades, the animals, the native and invasive plants and lots of interesting anecdotes. We drove across the state on highway 41, had an amazing airboat ride, stopped at a few places to just see the place and ended on the gulf side where we took a boat ride and saw many dolphins and birds plus just had a great time. The lunch was yummy. I had thought that we would head further south, but this trip was certainly a highlight.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

My hotel was not on the pickup list, so I had to drive to the Flamingo gardens. The shuttle picked me up exactly on time. Our guide, Jason, gave us very interesting information. This guy really knew what he was talking about. Expect a lot of driving to the airboat trip and the boat trip. So, an entertaining guide comes in handy to make all that driving not a boring thing.
We were a small group of 7. We had the luck to have a smaller, less crowded air boat. We saw a lot of gaters, feet away from the boat, a lot of other wildlife (turtles and a lot of birds) and beautiful swamp vegetation.
Lunch was simple, but tasty. We received gator appetisers, tastes close to chicken. It has actually almost no taste.
A small hike in the cypress forest was a nice distraction. Jason explained about the cypress domes, pointed out beautiful wild flowers, giant grasshoppers (if you don���t pay attentions you would have missed them). Thanks to Jason I could take a picture of a brown non venomous snake.
The boat trip on 10.000 islands was relaxing. We saw dolphins, but they were not in an playful mood, they were feeding. Same for the manatees. These were not feeding, but they have to breath ever now and then. They came above water for about 2 seconds. Just not long enough for a decent picture.
The weather was beautiful and I spend a wonderful day, worth every $.

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