Exotic Miami Wildlife Adventure with Transport
Miami, Florida, USA
- Everglades airboat ride: Encounter the Glades ecosystem first-hand and feel the excitement as your seasoned captain skims his state-of-the-art craft over the watery "River of Grass" at up to 40 mph. It'll be the loudest, coolest half-hour of your year.
- Sawgrass Recreation Park: Wildlife exhibits here showcase everything from peacocks and panthers to iguanas, turtles, snakes, and "Cannibal" – a 1,000-pound gator. Have your pic taken cradling one of his cute little great-grandkids!
- Flamingo Gardens: Tour a historic 1933 home surrounded by a 60-acre jungle wonderland with citrus groves, giant rainforest trees, free-flight aviary, and black bear, otter, bobcat and panther habitats. Plus a lush, waterfall-filled flamingo pond.
- Flexible end point: Picked up from their local Miami-area hotel, travelers can choose for this tour to conclude at the Port of Miami or Miami International Airport. Plenty of room onboard the coach for stowing your bags.
About This Miami Tour
The plants and animals that inhabit the Florida Everglades comprise an ecosystem unlike any other. Experience it up close and personal on this tour as you're whisked by coach to the very edge of the Glades, where your airboat awaits.
Basically an airplane engine strapped to a flatboat, this is the ideal way to get around in this 1.5-million-acre shallow-water wilderness. Your seasoned pilot is well-versed on the region and will show you where the wildlife gathers and the Seminoles once roamed, and explain the role this one-of-a-kind environment has played in Florida's history.
Back at the dock; spend some time at the wildlife exhibits where expert handlers will introduce you to the locals. The cast of characters changes daily, but includes Florida alligators, turtles and gopher tortoises, a big-eared fennec fox, and some much larger cats than those you may have at home. You'll love having your pic (but nothing else!) snapped as you hold a baby gator, too.
Down the road a piece, you'll see lots more critters at Flamingo Gardens – along with 200-year-old live oaks dripping with orchids, a collection of 18 State Champion trees (each one largest of its species), a picturesque flock of resident flamingos, and the Wray Home Museum, a fully restored 1933 residence built by the property's founders.
Nestled within these leafy grounds are habitats where some 90 species of native birds and animals thrive. Many of these residents were rescued after sustaining permanent injuries; others have been successfully bred there and will eventually be released into the wild.
Don't miss Josh the Bear's plush spread – complete with personal pool and cozy cave.
The fruits of Floyd's labor
Floyd Wray came to Florida in 1925 to open a tobacco business, but an orange shortage after the mega-hurricane of '26 changed that plan – and he and partners planted Flamingo Groves, which soon grew to 2000 acres and over 60 citrus varieties. During the 30's, exotic plants and seeds from around the globe were also planted, creating a precious botanical showcase that thrives to this day – with the fauna of the Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary thriving within it.
Please meet in the lobby or reception area of your hotel. Your driver will be holding a sign with your name or the tour's name on it. You must confirm the name of your hotel at checkout, so we know where to pick you up.
Take extra precautions to avoid too much exposure to the sun. Even on cloudy days, the UV is stronger than you may think.
To see all the sites and exhibits fully, plan on a moderate amount of walking. Much of the walking is at each person's discretion. You will need to climb in and out of the airboat. Both facilites are wheelchair-friendly. Folding wheelchairs only please.
Walking Tour, Wilderness/Wildlife, Family Friendly
Luxury Motor Coach, Airboat
Baby Aligator Holding
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages. All children ages 6 and under must wear a life jacket which is provided. Some children are more sensitive to the noise from airboats than others. Parental discretion is suggested.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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