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How to Spend 1 Day in Everglades National Park

How to Spend 1 Day in Everglades National Park

No trip to southern Florida is complete without a visit to Everglades National Park, the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States and an International Biosphere Reserve boasting nine distinct ecosystems. Whether you’re traveling from Miami, Fort Myers, or Naples, here’s how to make the most of one day in the UNESCO-listed wetlands. 

Morning: Hit the Tamiami Trail

If staying in Miami, leave the glitz of South Beach behind and enter the everglades the historical way, along the Tamiami Trail. Stop for a Florida-style breakfast at one of the vintage roadside cafés along the way, then get oriented to the park at the Shark Valley Visitor Center. Look for gators and herons while strolling along part of a 15-mile (24-kilometer) paved trail, or connect with a tram tour here to reach an observation tower with panoramic views of the “River of Grass.” Shark Valley can also be reached if entering the park from Fort Myers or Naples in the west. 

Afternoon: Wetlands Safari

The vast, snaking estuaries of the Everglades are best explored by boat. Join a fan-powered-airboat tour to cover lots of acreage, with speeds of up to 40 mph (65 kph). Alternatively, go at a slower pace and paddle your way past bird habitats and tangled mangrove islands on a kayak or canoe tour. If exploring on foot is more your style, many sections of the park—such as Big Cypress Reserve—boast hiking trails. Whatever form your safari takes, naturalist guides can offer eco insights and point out native Florida species such as egrets, turtles, and even dolphins and manatees. 

Night: Gators After Dusk

Most visitors leave Everglades National Park once the sun goes down, but for a different perspective on the wetlands, join a night airboat tour at Sawgrass Recreation Park. Browse the park’s reptile and large-cat exhibits before taking to the water for a high-speed ride. Listen to the swamp come live with nocturnal frogs and insects, and keep an eye out for alligators and crocodiles gliding just below the inky water’s surface. 

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Crystal River Tour with Manatee Swim and Everglades Airboat Ride

Crystal River Tour with Manatee Swim and Everglades Airboat Ride

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Spend a day in one of central Florida’s natural manatee habitats on this guided cruise and Everglades airboat adventure. Begin with a boat ride on the Crystal River. Then, swim and snorkel in an area known for manatee sightings, and before an exciting airboat tour on the Withlacoochee River. Visit Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, one of the best places in the state to watch manatees, as well as other animals, such as bears, panthers, and alligators. Breakfast and a picnic lunch, plus an Orlando-area hotel pickup and drop-off are all included.
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Western Everglades Adventure Tour

Western Everglades Adventure Tour

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Escape to the Florida Everglades from the Greater Fort Myers area on this guided airboat adventure at Everglades Day Safari. This exciting airboat ride is a great way to experience the ecosystem of the Everglades. Skim across the marshes and swamps of the Western Everglades while looking for wildlife, namely birds and alligators. In fact, per acre, there are more alligators here than anywhere else in the world. This tour includes an interactive reptile show. Hotel transport included from select locations.
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  • 4 hours
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Everglades National Park Expedition

Everglades National Park Expedition

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Discover the beauty and diversity of Everglades National Park on an exciting wildlife boat tour from Fort Myers. In a small group, travel deep into the sleepy wetlands of the Everglades’ Ten Thousand Islands to learn about rare local flora and spot native animals. Spend time with an expert guide, learning about the unique ecosystem and snapping photos of alligators, sea turtles, manatees, native birds and more.
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Guided Kayak Eco Tour in Everglades National Park

Guided Kayak Eco Tour in Everglades National Park

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Escape to the wilderness of the Florida Everglades on this small-group eco-adventure. Explore a variety of lush landscapes by foot, kayak and boat looking for dolphins, manatees, sea turtles, bald eagles and more. Hike along the beach, dunes and mangrove swamps. Kayak to Barrier Island Beach — no kayaking experience necessary. And take a boat ride through some of the most remote areas of the park. It’s the ultimate Everglades experience rolled into one unique, half-day adventure.
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3 Hour Guided Mangrove Tunnel Kayak Eco Tour

3 Hour Guided Mangrove Tunnel Kayak Eco Tour

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Discover the exotic beauty of the Everglades’ mangrove forest on a kayaking eco-tour. Spend time winding through sleepy creeks and under mangrove canopies, getting up-close views of resident herons, alligators, ducks, otters and more. With an expert guide, learn kayaking technique and enjoy exploring this unusual wetlands setting.
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Florida Everglades Night Airboat Tour near Fort Lauderdale

Florida Everglades Night Airboat Tour near Fort Lauderdale

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Explore Everglades National Park on this airboat tour at night at Sawgrass Recreation Park. This exciting airboat ride is a great way to experience the unique subtropical ecosystem of the Everglades at night. Skim across the grassy water at speeds up to 40 miles per hour (64 kph) while keeping your eyes peeled for alligators, fish, turtles, and wading birds. This tour includes daytime entrance to Sawgrass Recreation Park and admission to the Reptile, Glades, and Exotic Wildlife exhibits.
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Miami Day Trip with Optional Everglades Airboat Ride or Star Island Cruise

Miami Day Trip with Optional Everglades Airboat Ride or Star Island Cruise

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Enjoy two of Florida’s most popular destinations — Miami and the Florida Everglades — on this full-day trip from Orlando. Look for alligators and other wildlife on an airboat adventure through Everglades National Park. Then head to the beaches of Miami and shop till you drop at Bayside Marketplace, upgrade for a leisurely cruise on Biscayne Bay and spend time in the Art Deco district of South Beach. Pickup and drop-off from select locations, plus a delicious continental breakfast to go are included.
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Everglades Inshore Fishing Trip in Flamingo

Everglades Inshore Fishing Trip in Flamingo

Fish Everglades National Park on a private fishing trip in a boat that’s stocked with fishing gear, licenses, and comfortable seating for up to four people. Beginning anglers can get basic fishing instruction, while even experienced hands can refine their technique with tips from a local captain, and your catch will be cleaned and packaged for easy take-home at the end of the day.
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Private Everglades Inshore Fishing Charter in Chokoloskee

Private Everglades Inshore Fishing Charter in Chokoloskee

The Everglades area is one of the most popular fishing spots in Florida. On this private tour, enjoy a tailor-made experience for you and your group. Cruise around the scenic waterways and mangrove forests of the Ten Thousand Islands, learn the basics or hone your fishing skills with tips from an expert guide, and try your luck fishing for snook, trout, flounder, and even sharks.
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1-Hour Evening Airboat Ride

1-Hour Evening Airboat Ride

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Escape to the Central Florida Everglades for this nighttime airboat adventure at Boggy Creek Airboat Rides. This exciting trip is a great way to experience the subtropical ecosystem of the Everglades in a unique nighttime setting. Skim across the trails of grassy water while looking for nature’s nocturnal hunters—specifically alligators—but never quite sure of what’s lurking around the next bend. The captain/guide will wear a miner’s cap to lead the way.
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Florida Everglades Airboat Tour and Wild Florida Admission with Optional Lunch

Florida Everglades Airboat Tour and Wild Florida Admission with Optional Lunch

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Escape to the wilderness of the Florida Everglades from Orlando on this airboat adventure. This exciting nature tour includes admission to the Wild Florida Airboats and Wildlife Park— with over 200 different animals like lemurs, sloths, zebras, watusi cattle, bobcats and more. Choose from two airboat durations and upgrade to the half-day tour and enjoy a delicious barbeque lunch at the Chomp House Grill, plus an alligator souvenir.
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Private Tour: Everglades Adventure Day Trip from Greater Fort Myers/Naples Area

Private Tour: Everglades Adventure Day Trip from Greater Fort Myers/Naples Area

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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 featuring exotic alligator appetizers.
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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Everglades National Park Airboat with Hotel Pickup option from Miami

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Everglades National Park Airboat with Hotel Pickup option from Miami

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Capture the wild spirit of the Florida Everglades with this excursion from Miami. Zoom over the 'River of Grass' on an open-air, flat-bottomed vessel while your guide talks about the complex swamp ecosystem. Wander the farm's jungle trails and see gators in their natural habitat. Round-trip transportation from Miami hotels is included if option is selected.
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