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Tour code: 5698ADEAST
Escape to the wilderness of Florida's Everglades on this guided, full-day adventure from Fort Lauderdale. This exciting small-group tour includes an airboat ride through Everglades National Park, a drive through Big Cypress National Preserve, a nature walk through a cypress forest and a scenic boat ride through the 10,000 islands of Everglades National Park in search of a variety of wildlife. Lunch (with alligator appetizers) is provided and a hotel pickup and drop-off are included at select Fort Lauderdale area locations.

Highlights

  • Full-day Everglades adventure from Ft Lauderdale
  • Enjoy a thrilling 40-minute airboat ride across the River of Grass and a van tour through Big Cypress National Preserve
  • Relax on a 1-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

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

After a morning hotel pickup in the Fort Lauderdale area, it’s off to one of the most beautiful and unique places on earth — the Florida Everglades.

On this naturalist-guided excursion, begin with a spectacular 40-minute airboat ride over and through the sawgrass prairies and pond apple forests of the Everglades. Then hop in a van for a wildlife drive through the pine savannahs and cypress forests of Big Cypress National Preserve. Look for alligators, turtles and birds and keep an eye out for the elusive Florida panther. Next, enjoy a nature walk below towering bald cypress trees. Alligators, herons, egrets and dozens of other species can be spotted at any time throughout the year here. Also, less visible but ever present otters, bears, pigs, deer and panthers roam the local wilderness.

After lunch, which includes alligator appetizers, hop on board a scenic boat ride into the Ten Thousand Islands mangrove forest in Everglades National Park. This relaxing cruise features manatees, sea turtles, osprey and a variety of other marine life, including the occasional pod of dolphins feeding in the nearby bay.

The tour concludes with a relaxing return trip to the Fort Lauderdale area.

Notice: If hotel is not on the pickup list, meet at Flamingo Gardens in Davie, Fla.

Customer Reviews

Aussieblessed

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This tour was fantastic. It exceeded my expectations on so many levels. First of all this is an ECO tour. We had a wonderful guide named Emily. She was very informative and knew a lot about the Everglades. The air boat ride was awesome. This was an Eco tour so there are only 4 air boats that are able to go into Everglades National Park. After the air boat ride we had lunch which was very good and ate some fried alligator . We went for a hike which was about a mile . Then to finish off the day another ride on a speed boat that held 6 people through another area of the Everglades. Our captain was a 7th generation Everglades person so his stories of growing up on the Everglades was very interesting. We saw manatees and Dolphins .We were never rushed on this tour and it was so nice to be picked up and dropped off at the hotel. This is a small group of only 13 people. I highly recommend this trip.

Philip S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Unbelievable tour our guide Erin was fantastic A

peter g

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

The tour was excellent. Our guide Marc was brilliant, knew a lot was was funny as well. Would recommend it to anyone. It was a pity though that Viators blurb was 10 years out of date and that the Indian village and market has not been available for years.

Scott R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Emily, our guide was adorable and very knowledgeable! We had a great day with her. We saw a lot of wildlife and learned so much about them as well as the vegetation. The airboat ride was awesome, the nature walks lovely and the boat ride was a highlight with dolphins playing in the wake of our boat. The pick up was easy and on time actually early which we liked and the drop off easy too. Our only comments would be that the air conditioning vents in the van were broken, so getting air flow to us in the back required us the be creative with our hats. All in all a great value for a great day!!

brian f

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Very enjoyable day. Knowledgable guide

patandlaurie

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Excellent and well organised excursion. Our driver/tour guide exceptional..

Ann W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

An informative and fun day. Well organised

Vee USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

The best tour. Great driver very skilled with traffic. Her knowledge of the glades was out standing. The air boat guide was fun and new where to find gators . they do need to provide some steps with handrail for boarding and de boating for elders.

Diana D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

It was great. The guide was excellent. The food was good too. I learned a lot. A day well spent.

Cherokee007 United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

This all day tour is worth every penny. Erin picked us up at the hotel right on time! The van was new, clean, comfortable, safe and Erin is an excellent driver. She is knowledgeable about the wildlife and history of the Everglades and surrounding areas. She is also known to slyly crack a joke or two - watch for them!

The airboat ride was breathtaking and beautiful, our guide was very knowledgeable about the eco-system and conveyed the information in an easy manner, she had a real love for the Everglades and it showed. Of course we saw Gators!

We then went on to a small hike via a boardwalk into the Glades with Erin, who pointed out interesting features and facts regarding the Fauna and Flora. This is an easy hike.

Next stop was lunch at the Oyster Bar. Food was Pre ordered Erin passed around a menu in the van-we made our selection and she called it in We were seated immediately on arrival and our food was ready hot and delicious Blackened Grouper Sandwich - Yum. After lunch, make sure to ask Erin to play her Ukulele and sing - she has a great voice!

Next - On to the mangroves in a flat bottom boat. Our boat captain was awesome, he grew up around the Mangroves and was very familiar with the history and knew exactly where to take us to see the wildlife and plus he gave a few speed thrills upon our request and we got a little island time.

Throughout the day we saw many Gators of varying sizes from baby to HUGE! We also saw Osprey in action and on their nests, Wood Storks, Anhingas, Egrets, Blue and Grey Herons, Eagles, Ibis, not to mention the forests of Cyprus trees and the Mangroves.

Tips were included for the restaurant, but not for the van driver, airboat captain or flat bottomed boat captain. These people did an amazing job- Show Some Love!

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