Everglades Adventure and Sawgrass Mills Shopping Tour with Transport
Miami, Florida, USA
- Everglades airboat tour: 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.
- Wild animal exhibits: At Sawgrass Recreation Park, they have 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!
- Sawgrass Mills Mall: Spend up to 2 hours in shopping heaven, exploring some 350 brand outlets like Nike, Calvin Klein, Hilfiger, Ron Jon, and DKNY – and exclusive high-fashion names like Burberry, Prada, Ferragamo, Choo, and Burch.
- 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
In South Florida, adventure takes on many forms – some wild, some civilized.
Intrigued by both? This tour offers a perfect no-compromise solution. On a single outing you'll have a chance to take a walk (well, a ride) on the wild side and spend time exploring your deepest-seated shopping urges.
First off, there's the 1.5-million-acre shallow-water marsh known as The Everglades to get to know. You'll do that in high-speed style on an airboat piloted by a captain well-versed on where the wildlife gathers, where the Seminoles once roamed, and how this one-of-a-kind wilderness fits into Florida's long history.
Back at Sawgrass Recreation Park's dock, you'll cross over to the wildlife exhibits – where expert handlers will introduce you to the local residents. The cast of characters changes daily, but includes Florida alligators, friendly turtles and gopher tortoises, and a few large cats you wouldn't want to have curling up at your feet at home. Also a fennec fox – the world's smallest species, sporting oversized ears it must have swiped from a larger relative.
You can handle a baby gator – or, if you're feeling especially brave, try snacking on some tasty Gator Bites fresh off the grill.
But it's when you arrive at Sawgrass Mills Mall that the really dangerous stuff starts – as you're left to navigate your way through two-million climate-controlled square feet of premier outlet and value-retail storefronts.
It's best to keep your hands and feet a safe distance from your credit cards, and have a buddy watching out for any excessive purchasing behaviors on your part.
An endangered treasure
In the wet season, a slow-moving river some 60 miles wide and 100 miles long forms a glistening sheet of water over much of the inland portion of South Florida. Known by its indigenous residents as Pa-hay-okee, the magnificent Everglades ecosystem has been much-changed by the drainage canals and roads like the Tamiami Trail that cross its sweeping expanses of sawgrass prairie and "tree islands." Restoration of the Glades' natural balance is a top national priority; significant progress has been made – but still more is needed.
Please meet in the lobby or reception area of your hotel. Our representative 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, Cultural, Shopping
Luxury Motor Coach, Airboat
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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