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Everglades National Park Expedition

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Chokoloskee, United States

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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Overview

Discover the beauty and diversity of Everglades National Park on an exciting wildlife boat tour from Fort Myers. In a small group, travel deep into the sleepy wetlands of the Everglades’ Ten Thousand Islands to learn about rare local flora and spot native animals. Spend time with an expert guide, learning about the unique ecosystem and snapping photos of alligators, sea turtles, manatees, native birds and more.
  • Small-group wildlife expedition through the Everglades National Park
  • Take a powerboat through the Ten Thousand Islands for an interpretive nature tour
  • Watch for manatees, dolphins, sea turtles, bald eagles and more
  • Guide points out interesting flora and fauna along the way
  • Boat seats up to 6 people, ensuring a more personalized, intimate experience
Choose a morning or afternoon start time for your wildlife expedition and make your way to the boat launch in Chokoloskee, a 1.5-hour drive from Fort Myers. Enjoy the changing scenery as you head into the Florida Everglades National Park. At the dock, climb aboard the 6-passenger powerboat, grab a comfortable seat and head out into the wild wetlands.

Your naturalist guide will take you on an unforgettable wildlife-spotting expedition through this diverse and historic terrain. Glide along the water, viewing the lush greenery and abundant local wildlife, including manatees, dolphins, sea turtles, bald eagles, egrets, pelicans, alligators and shore birds. Get great up-close photos and learn about the development of the Everglades, including the culture and ingenuity of Native Americans and the Anglo-American ‘Gladesmen’ who have populated this area for hundreds of years. Your guide will share facts about the local lifestyle, environmental conditions and seasonal animal patterns, as well as information about the region’s wetland conservation efforts. 

Your excursion returns to the dock by mid-afternoon or evening, depending on your start time.

Note: It is recommended that you bring your own snacks and/or lunch on this excursion.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Everglades Area Tours
Meet your ground and guide and begin your Everglade Experience. Each trip is led by an experienced Florida Master Naturalist who is certified by the National Park and licensed by the US Coast Guard.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Everglades National Park
fter a relaxing, scenic 1.5-hour drive from Fort Myers, arrive at the Florida Everglades National Park. Begin your small-group tour with a leisurely powerboat ride through the park with your guide. The boat is limited to six passengers and features comfortable seating and a large, stable platform for great bird watching and photo opportunities. After, explore the beautiful Ten Thousand Islands on an interpretive nature tour. Learn about the area’s rich heritage and culture, as well as its unique ecosystems, as your guide points out surrounding wildlife such as manatees, dolphins, sea turtles, bald eagles, herons, pelicans, alligators and numerous species of fish and shore birds. Many species in the area are seasonal and inhabit various areas in different environmental conditions, so the tour will adapt according to the season. You are encouraged to bring your own lunch and refreshments to enjoy on the boat.
Admission Ticket Free
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Everglades National Park Expedition?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Everglades National Park Expedition.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Everglades National Park Expedition?
A:
The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by Everglades National Park Expedition.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Everglades National Park Expedition?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Everglades National Park Expedition.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Everglades National Park Expedition?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Everglades National Park Expedition.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Everglades National Park Expedition?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Everglades National Park Expedition.

Reviews

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Everglades National Park Expedition
John_L
, Mar 2020
Captain Dan was wonderful and very knowledgeable. We mentioned at the beginning that we were birders, and he took this into account as we moved around.
star-4
Eco boat tour
CARL_G
, Feb 2020
Initial miscommunication on departure location, but they graciously moved me to the following day and all worked out well. If you go make sure you know where the departure location is. I assumed it was in the park, but it was not. My fault!
star-5
Beyond expectations
helenschmitz21
, Feb 2020
This was the best eco tour we’ve taken anywhere. Captain Dan was very knowledgeable, and his love of the Everglades was contagious. The highlight was the trip to the remote island where we found unusual rocks and shells and Calusa Indian artifacts. We recommend very highly.
star-5
Enjoyed the tour
amurthy2019
, Oct 2019
Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. He spent time listening to us and then trying to show us what we wanted to get out of that trip. Thank you very much. Just make sure you find out the best season to go to see what you want to see. I recommend this tour.
star-5
Much more than we expected
Matt C
, May 2019
This was a great trip, much more than we expected. So many highlights, seeing dolphins following our boat, the walk on the island. Our guide Captain Dan was really great and knew so much and his love for the everglades and the Park were evident. Highly recommend this tour. One note, it was difficult to find the tour center, so plan ahead.
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Everglades Eco Tour
Karen K
, Dec 2018
We really enjoyed this trip! Our guide, Dan, was fabulous. Very informative and great fun. Highly recommend this excursion.
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We were expecting an airboat tour in...
Michael P
, Apr 2016
We were expecting an airboat tour in the Everglades and what we got was a boat tour of a bay. The only wildlife we saw was birds and dolphins. A little disappointing and not worthy of the money we spent.
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The boat driver and guide was very...
BARBARA G
, Mar 2016
The boat driver and guide was very good. He gave lots of information on the flora and fauna of the Everglades. He pointed out things which were evidence of the constant change in the Everglades which would have been completely missed by the inexperienced/uneducated eye, explaining the habits of the sea creatures found in the various shells on the beach, He pointed out bird nests and described the ways in which the particular birds built them and gave a great explanation of the mangrove, various plants within it, and how the ecology of it worked. As much as I enjoyed the tour in the beautiful Everglades, 149 is very, very pricey for this three hour tour in my opinion.
star-5
We had a fantastic time on this...
Stephen F
, Mar 2016
We had a fantastic time on this tour. Mark did a great job in navigating the tour and giving us relevant information about the Everglades that involved the history of the area and the current wildlife in and around the area. Would highly recommend.
star-3
Trip was interesting as far as...
Robert W
, Apr 2015
Trip was interesting as far as development of the islands through the Mangrove trees. After that there were limited things to view as far as animals to view. The beach walk was interesting as far as concho shells and other items and the history of the river that fed Everglades. Could have made whole trip in shorter time and probably be just as effective.

Product code: 5609EXPEDITION

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