Get up close and personal with Florida's wildlife on a daylong Everglades Day Safari. Guides lead small groups by ... More
Everglades Day Safari
Get up close and personal with Florida's wildlife on a daylong Everglades Day Safari. Guides lead small groups by airboat, van, riverboat, and on foot. Lunch (with alligators!) is included. Reservations and pre-payment are required. The Safari can be long for younger children, so try the half-day safari. Wear comfortable shoes; the Safari supplies the insect repellant. The Safari leaves from different pick-up locations. Call for directions and information on group rates.
This was a full day event for us: 7:30 am to 5:00pm. There is a lot of bus riding involved, but also some hiking, a boat trip, and an airboat trip. Despite warnings about cool weather, we saw a plethora of alligators of all sizes, a pair of nesting bald eagles, dolphins, too many types of large birds to mention, and even a cotton mouth snake that our guide escorted out of the road. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable with a gentle sense of humor. He kept up a good narration throughout the tour and was able to answer questions on any kind of bird, reptile, mammal, or plant that we encountered. He also filled us in on the history of the area. This was a most enjoyable day. Maybe a bit long for young kids, but with enough action to keep a pessimistic teenager (like ours) or older elementary age kid interested. This is a must do trip. The airboat trip was late in the day when the kids were flagging a bit. It really brought them (and us) back to life. A boat trip earlier in the day was highlighted by a dolphin playing in the boat's wake as we headed across bay. About the only thing that we didn't see was a manatee on this particular day, but the air/water temperatures were just not conducive for this. Despite this minor glitch, we were all impressed by the huge numbers of birds and alligators. We were never at a lack of things to look at.
One of the great things about the trip is they pick you up and bring you to the Everglades. Our guide was a wildlife biologist who grew up in the Everglades and he knew an amazing amount about the wildlife and the history.
We saw a pod of dolphins on the boat cruise in the afternoon and at least 100 alligators throughout the day including on the airboat. We were about 5 feet from a 12 foot gator.
The other positive is that everything is natural. I've heard that some of the other Everglades tours have panthers and bears in cages but everything we saw was in the wild. I would highly recommend this tour.
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