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Captain did a good job getting up as close as he could to birds. He was very interesting with lots of great stories. But he was real proud of his captains license talking about it quite a bit and talking smack about his other captain who worked with him and I didn’t think that was very nice. He also wanted to stop at a island to check on his turtle nests which took away time from what I had paid for. He saw another boat ran aground on oyster shells and said he was obligated to check on them. It seemed he just wanted to see how big a idiot they were. It was nice he made sure they were not in distress, but again I didn’t pay for that as part of my tour. He was a great captain because storms brewed up and it took some fancy boat work to get us back safely which he did. Overall it was a great tour, but the things I mentioned just rubbed me the wrong way a little. I would go again. Oh!! Also, the tour ticket said it included a bottle of water and lunch. I didn’t get neither.
We were picked up right on time (10am) from the Holiday Inn which was close to the college Bayside Metromover stop and easy to find. It's about a 45 minute coach ride (airconditioned, not too cold) drive to the Everglades centre. We had 10 minutes for a quick look at the souvineers and boarded one of the boats for the 1 hour tour of the Everglades waterways. We saw 2 alligators - they swam close to the boat - and lots of great birdlife. The guide was fun and informative. After the tour we had about a 10 minute wait then saw the alligator show - about 15 minutes of a brave young alligator rescuer showing her wrestling skills and talking about her work to remove 'problem' alligators from public areas and homes. Then it was back on the bus and home. The $40 fee included 2 large glossy photos per group - one by the river before the boat trip and one after the alligator show holding a baby 'gator. As I was travelling alone, this was especially good value for money!
The guide did a really great job. He managed to describe and show us some unique parts of Everglades with all of its glory and wild life. During the relatively short trip of 1,5 hours we saw a number of different birds, flowers and - of course - gators, some of them very close to the boat. A fantastic experience. The guide was very helpful and could really provide us with a lot of interesting information about the wildlife in the area. This is a real Everglades tour without restaurants and gift shops. So nice! Our strongest recommendation: buckle up and go with the air boat!
We paid for an hour tour online. However we were unaware that we had to make an appointment prior to attending. So when we got their they no longer had spots available. My wife an I were disappointed dude to paying for the full hr. So the lady that works there got is on for the 30 min tour so we were able to experience part of the Everglades but still a bummer.
A worthwhile stop while touring southern Florida.The boat ride was fun and productive in seeing wildlife and learning about the animals habits. The “gator” show was very entertaining and informative. I think everyone will remember what was said due to the fun way it was presented. Job well done to all!