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Everglades Adventure Day Trip from Greater Fort Myers/Naples Area

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Everglades Adventure Day Trip from Greater Fort Myers/Naples Area

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icon9 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Discover Florida’s wild Everglades on an exciting full-day tour from the Greater Fort Myers area. Travel by airboat deep into the secluded Western Everglades, explore Big Cypress National Preserve by van and foot, and take a leisurely cruise through a mangrove forest. Enjoy commentary from your naturalist guide as you spot manatees, dolphins, and native birds and lunch .
  • Full-day Everglades adventure from the Greater Fort Myers area
  • Take a thrilling airboat ride through the Western Everglades
  • See wildlife on a van tour through Big Cypress National Preserve and a nature walk through an ancient cypress forest
  • Relax on a boat cruise through the mangrove forest of Everglades National Park
  • Your expert naturalist guide provides interesting commentary and answer any questions you have
  • Small-group tour limited to 9 people ensures a more personalized experience
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Transport by air-conditioned 13-passenger van
Hotel pickup and drop-off (Only Select Hotels)
Expert naturalist or biologist guide
1-hour airboat ride
1-hour boat cruise
Narrated van tour
Lunch
Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
If your hotel is not listed, please let us know where you are staying and we will provide the nearest pickup location.

Departure Time

7:30 AM
Your full-day Everglades adventure begins with morning pickup from select hotels in the Greater Fort Myers area. Meet your naturalist guide and enjoy the ride in the Western Everglades. Here, board a small airboat and set off on an educational ride. Zip through narrow swamp passages and get close to native wildlife.

Next, hop back in the transit van for a tour of Big Cypress National Preserve. Your expert guide’s commentary makes this an unforgettable wildlife-spotting expedition. Skirt through fields of sawgrass and stretch your legs with a walk along cypress-lined trails. See some of the area’s native animals including alligators, turtles, otters, wild pigs, panthers, and variety of waterfowl.

After your walking tour, take a break for some lunch. Feast on unique local cuisine, and then head back to the water for a boat cruise through a majestic mangrove forest. Wind through some of the Everglades 10,000 islands and search for friendly water creatures like manatees, sea turtles, and dolphins. Throughout the trip, learn about the Everglades’ unique ecosystem and conservationist efforts to preserve it. 

Your tour concludes with afternoon drop-off at your starting point.

Please note: if your hotel is not on the list provided then pickup will be at one of the three main pickups - Hampton Inn Fort Myers Beach Gateway (11281 Summerlin Square Drive, Fort Myers), Perkins Restaurant (14801 South Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers) or Embassy Suites (10450 Corkscrew Commons Drive, Estero)
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Airboats & Alligators
Considered the best airboat ride in the Everglades, you'll be taken through the pond apple swamps and cattail marshes in search of alligators, turtles, birds and more!
Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Big Cypress National Preserve
Wildlifedrive through the back country of the first Preserve in the National Park system.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Island Cafe
Enjoy lunch in the heart of the Everglades with a choice of over over 20 items including burgers, chicken, fish and salads.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Smallwood Store Boat Tour
Journey through the "Ten Thousand Islands" in Everglades National Park, the 2nd largest mangrove forest in the world where you will seek out dolphin, manatee and other species of coastal wildlife in the southern most frontier.
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Smallwood Store
Step back in time and explore the historic Smallwoods Store Museum. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the museum stands frozen in time, a window to a bygone era when the store was the islands trading post and island life revolved around the activities here.
Duration: 25 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park
Nature Walk through a grove of ancient cypress trees out to a "gator hole" where female alligators have been nesting for decades.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 5 years old
  • Hat, sunscreen and sunglasses are recommended
  • Strollers are not permitted
  • Please note: if your hotel is not on the list provided then pickup will be at the Perkins Restaurant, 14801 South Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers, FL 33908 at 7:35 am
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Everglades Day Safari
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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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 Adventure Day Trip from Greater Fort Myers/Naples Area?
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
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Everglades Adventure Day Trip from Greater Fort Myers/Naples Area?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Everglades Adventure Day Trip from Greater Fort Myers/Naples Area?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Everglades Adventure Day Trip from Greater Fort Myers/Naples Area?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Everglades Adventure Day Trip from Greater Fort Myers/Naples Area.

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Traveler Tips


  • "The return time is very unpredictable due to in season traffic, so don’t schedule dinner reservations." See review

Reviews

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166 Reviews

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Awful
Stephen_H
, Jul 2021
This was one of the worst tours ever. Misleading and fell short of what it promised on all levels! We paid a lot of money for run down boats, a walk on a cheesy trail off the road in a hot humid mosquito infested environment. Our tour guide was a nice guy but we learned nothing and oh if you wanted those alligator appetizers they promised forget about it. They didn’t even mention it. False advertising! I would not recommend this tour. Imagine throwing $400 in the trash can. Ouch!!!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Hi Stephen, Thank you for the feedback. The heat and humidity of a Florida summer is not for the faint of heart. While I can't control the weather, I am proud of the comfortable, air conditioned van that we transport you in but to experience the subtropical wilderness we do need to get out. The nature walk takes place in an award winning Florida State Park. I don't know what constitutes "cheesy". The old growth cypress? The nesting gators? The poisonous (and harmless) grasshoppers? Owls hooting in the trees? It's all cool to me. The Everglades National Park boat ride is on a 2016 Carolina skiff. The airboat is a 2009. Neither are old or rundown and they operate well. I have not advertised alligator appetizers since January 2021 when we removed them from the menu and from our website. I no longer felt it made sense to eat the animal everyone was excited to see. We don't eat panther, dolphin or manatee either. I hire well-educated biologists and naturalists to conduct the tour. I'm sorry if a day with an Everglades expert wasn't an educational experience but I would encourage anyone going on tour to have an open mind to everything the Everglades has to offer.
star-5
Everglades adventure
Charlie_H
, Jun 2021
The air boat right was the best part of the day. Rhett, our Gide was extremely knowledgeable! It started raining after the air boat so we drove through a nature reserve. We saw 2 Everglades mink! During our second boat tour the heavens opened up and it poured the rain!!! We had to cut that one short!! If only we could control the weather! We still had a fabulous day!!! Rhett did a fabulous job despite the bad weather!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Everglades safari
Roger
, Jun 2021
Our guide Rhett was so knowledgeable and fun to be with for a whole day. He saw things, plants / animals we didn’t notice. Boat rides were a amazing. Captain Thristan got dolphins to follow behind our boat and perform twirls. In between activities were road in a 10 passenger van. I highly recommend this tour. Thanks for a great adventure.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Would highly recommend
Tina_N
, Jun 2021
Our guide was great. You could tell he really enjoyed his job. Very enjoyable day. We saw lots of wild life and our boat captain Darrel did an amazing job showing us the islands!
star-5
Everglades in a Day
John_G
, Jun 2021
Mark was a fantastic guide for our Everglades day safari. Very knowledgeable. Air boat and 10,000 Island boat ride were wonderful both boat captains were informative and provided us the best possible experience.
star-5
All day excursion
Samantha_T
, May 2021
This was an entertaining and educational day! Traveled all over Flordia. Our guide was great and we got to see all kinds of wildlife! I would highly recommend!! Bring something to drink and possibly a snack. You will also want to make sure you have cash to tip your guide throughout the day.
star-5
Educational and fun!
Joyce_S
, May 2021
I loved the airboat adventure in the Everglades it was fantastic! Mark, our guide from the Everglades adventure day trip was exceptional! He was so knowledgeable on every aspect of our trip. From birds, reptiles, plants, trees, and animals he knew so much about everything! He made our trip the best and memorable.
star-5
Exciting Trip!!
EMMANUEL_R
, May 2021
Great experience. Knowledgeable tour guide pointing out the different kinds of plants, birds in the Everglades. Saw alligators too.
star-5
Take care of the amazing Everglades
Penelope_H
, May 2021
This tour was an excellent tour. Our guide who was Rhett (Burtler as he called himself) was both humorous, entertaining and had an amazing way of presenting the information. Very well informed on everything we were seeing. Had lots of personal anecdotes to help you remember facts about animals and birds. One of the best tours I have ever been on. Saw more birds on the lake portion of this trip that we did in the rain forest. Much closer up. I have never been to the Everglades and southern Florida. would love to go back.
star-5
Awesome Everglades Day Tour
Angela_P
, Apr 2021
Rhett was an amazing guide. He is full of knowledge and opened our eyes to many beautiful things in nature including plants, animals and birds. We loved both of the boat rides as well and saw many alligators and dolphins. We couldn’t have asked for a better day!

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