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Ten Thousand Islands

Ten Thousand Islands

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1,144 Reviews
Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge, FL

The Basics

You can explore the archipelago’s remote islets in a variety of ways, either with a tour or solo if you’re an experienced boater or paddler. Take a canoeing or kayaking ecotour to discover the diverse flora and fauna of the region up close. Boat safaris offer a more relaxing journey and the chance to discover native wildlife like manatees, river otters, and bottlenose dolphins. Fishing expeditions are also available, where you can enjoy a private charter boat and cast a line to catch local gamefish.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Everglades National Park

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Good day on the boat!
Judy_W, Sep 2021
Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour
Nice to see perspective of the Ten Thousand Islands. Saw some wildlife and shell island for shelling and swimming. Good time. Captain Dave and Wesley were very hospitable.
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Excellent
Leidy_S, May 2021
Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour
It was excellent .. we saw dolphins, manatee.. learn about the history. It was clean and the owner were really nice and funny..
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Awesome Experience!
Elizabeth_F, Sep 2021
Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour
I have taken this tour twice with visiting friends and family and each time was a wonderful experience. Our guide, Sara, was excellent in finding the local wildlife and providing interesting and educational details on everything we were seeing. Highly recommend this tour and will continue to book when guests are visiting.
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Great experience
Heather_E, Aug 2021
Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour
Informative, fun, adventurous experience! Couldn’t have asked for more! We saw dolphins, a manatee, and numerous local birds. The shelling location was beautiful and abundant with shells.
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So much fun!
Jacqueline_H, Aug 2021
Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour
The captains were both super friendly, the tour was beautiful and educational! The beach sand was white as sugar and filled with so many shells. Definitely worth it!!
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Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour
hgreese, Jun 2021
Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour
We had a great trip to the Ten Thousand Islands with Captain Campbell and Wes. They kept us laughing while we learned about the area. We couldn’t believe how many dolphins and manatees we saw. The beach time was heavenly. Highly recommend this tour.
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10000 islands boat tour
VladimirAntselevich, Aug 2021
Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour
Great tour! Great people!! Everything worked as expected! Amazing experience!! Highly recommended for everyone!!
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MUST DO
Stephanie_F, Aug 2021
Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour
Sara and Santana were great tour guides. The information shared on the eco tour were both educational and interesting. We saw lots of dolphins, and enjoyed watching them play in the wake behind our boat. We saw several different species of birds, a manatee, and a sting Ray. We found sand dollars in addition to many other seashells. The 3 hours went by quickly.
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Fun trip!
Noelle_R, Jun 2021
Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour
The tour was very good and the guides were very knowledgeable about the Ten Thousand Islands area, including the resident wildlife! Glad we had some time to explore the beach for shells!
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Best of the best
michelle_e, Aug 2021
Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour
Best excursion! Delivered more than promised. Such a great time with great people. Even learned a few things. Best of the three excursions we took down here.
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Wonderful all around
Philip_S, Aug 2021
Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour
Great Captain and mate, funny and knowledgeable. We had a wonderful time, we had jumping dolphins, saw manatee and swam in a lagoon while watching Terns dive for fish. It was amazing!
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Eco boat tour- 3 hours
Julie, Jul 2021
Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour
I appreciate the knowledgeable, passionate, conservationists tour guides who invited us to embrace gifts of nature along the way. Loved seeing the dolphins, especially when they played in the wake as they heard cheers from the guides. The route, observations and stops were timed well. The guys also picked up a balloon and other trash along the way keeping the animals safe. Eco tours are the best! Thanks for a wonderful day! From a Cincinnati Mom & Daughter

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Ten Thousand Islands are ideal for outdoor enthusiasts.

  • Bring plenty of water, sun protection, and insect repellant.

  • There are no facilities available on the islands, so take this into consideration before heading out to explore.

  • Camping within the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge is free but accessible only by boat.

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How to Get There

Ten Thousand Islands is located between Marco Island and Everglades City, on the southern tip of the Florida peninsula. The islands of the refuge are best reached by boat, kayak, or canoe, with access points found in Goodland and Port-of-the-Islands, just off US 41 from Naples, as well as from Chokoloskee Island, just south of Everglades City. You can also drive to the Marsh Trail, 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) east of Collier-Seminole State Park and with an 18-space parking lot.

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When to Get There

For all-day adventures, visit Ten Thousand Islands between October and May, when the weather is cooler and drier—and there are fewer mosquitos. If going between June and September, book your hikes and boating adventures for the morning to avoid the hottest parts of the day and frequent afternoon thunderstorms.

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The First Settlers

Native Americans inhabited the Ten Thousand Islands region more than 3,500 years ago. Many shell rings and a few settlements have been found in or next to the region, such as the Horr’s Island archaeological site, but have been flooded by rising sea levels. The area was once good for fishing and trading, but after European settlers arrived in the area, the native populations were wiped out by foreign diseases and disputes.

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