The Everglades are more than 60 miles wide and 100 miles long. It’s a daunting task to explore and understand all that land on your own, why not trust your travels with the professionals and book a tour that’s catered to exactly how you want to see the area? Photographers, nature lovers, eco-enthusiasts, adventurers, fishermen, kayakers, canoers, and groups can schedule a tour to see the Everglades the way they want to.
Every tour in the Everglades is different. Whether you’re coming back on an annual trek or experiencing the wonders of the Everglades wildlife for the first time, you’ll never have the same experience twice. One trip you may see dolphins, bald eagles and sea turtles and the next you may see an endangered manatee or a native bird like the heron, egret or roseate spoonbill.
Shark Valley Bike and Tram Tours
A popular way to spend a day in The Everglades is biking Shark Valley or taking the Shark Valley Tram Tour. The 15 mile bike loop is a long but rewarding ride. You’ll be up close to crocodiles and alligators, birds, and more. It’s a great way for independent spirits who would rather explore on their own than with a guide.
Looking for the expertise of a seasoned guide to teach you the ins and outs of the Shark River Slough? The Shark Valley Tram Tours are a relaxing and educational way to see the Shark Valley Loop without the physical exertion of the 15 mile bike ride. Ride in the open-air tram as a naturalist guides you through the Freshwater ecosystem surrounding the River of Grass and points out the rare plants and animals, unique aspects of the habitats and wildlife in the saw grass prairies. At the tour’s halfway point there’s a 45 foot high observation deck. Enjoy the view of miles and miles of preserved nature as far as the eye can see.
Catch the tram tour from the visitor’s center or rent a bike from the Tram Tour Concession. Make a reservation in the winter months when the tram tours and other on-site amenities fill up with visitors. You can reserve in advance for the 9 A.M., 10 A.M., 2 P.M., 3 P.M., and 4 P.M. daily tours and the 11 A.M., noon and 1:00 P.M., tours are left open for walk-ups.
Kayak & Canoe Tours
Kayaking and canoeing your way through the winding River of Grass is a great way to get your blood pumping a bit and see this unique ecosystem from the very best vantage point. Explore Florida’s Last Frontier wide paddling your way through mangrove tunnels, while bird watching or just taking in the serenity of this natural oasis.
Kayaking or canoeing through Everglades National Park is a great option for both the experienced and the novice. Experienced paddlers will never run out of area to explore or tunnels to be found, and newbie’s can take advantage of the great resources that the experienced professionals can provide you with like pointers on how to get started, guided tours and rental equipment.
For the less experienced kayaker there’s a popular eco-adventure designed just for you. A boat will take you and your group out with kayaks to a secluded and calm area where you’re safely inside the remote park and then you’ll switch over from the boat into your individual kayaks. If you’re worried about making it back in time for a diner reservation or getting tired halfway through, this is the perfect way to still get some kayaking time in without the stress of a full day on your own.
If photography is a more serious hobby for you than the occasional nature Instagram upload, you may want to sign up for a birding/photography tour. The Everglades is flocked with more than 300 species of birds, but that doesn’t mean they’re always easy to find. Rely on someone who knows the lay of the land to show you the hidden spots and favorite nesting areas. You’ll probably see more than just birds on your tour, most likely including an alligator, turtle or other water creature, so come prepared with lenses for more close-up shots too.
For the serious photographer, consider a private tour where a guide doesn’t have to split time catering to the needs of the group and can wait for you and only you to get the light just right.
Cast your line and get ready to reel in fish like bass, snook, tarpon, Spanish mackerel, snapper, trout and more. Fishing Everglades National Park is a great way to kill two birds with one stone; fish for dinner and explore this unique national treasure at one time.
You can fish the Everglades on your own, but by signing up for a tour you’ll be skipping the learning curve of finding the spots to hit and you won’t have to apply for a fishing license.
Charter a private boat or sign up for a group fishing experience where the tackle, rods and bait are all taken care of. All you have to do is show up with some sunscreen and you’re ready for a day of relaxing aboard a boat and waiting for the fish to bite.
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