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Everglades National Park: Airboat Tour and Wildlife Show

1. Everglades National Park: Airboat Tour and Wildlife Show

Discover the Everglades National Park, a diverse landscape providing crucial habitats for numerous rare and endangered species. Take an airboat ride, and view alligators, turtles, and even the elusive Florida panther.  After paying the park admission fee, immerse yourself in swampland often referred to as the River of Grass. The park known as such because of the endless prairies of sawgrass that rise three to ten feet above the surface of the water. Encounter lush vegetation of the Everglades which also includes mangroves, cypress, palms, pines, and hardwood hammocks (small islands). The sawgrass is often so dense that travel is only possible through natural water passages. Ride on an airboat, which is designed to operate well in shallow water and marshlands. Propelled by an aircraft-type propeller and powered by either an aircraft or automotive engine, have a fast and fun journey. Complete your visit with a wildlife and alligator show. Get up close with these remarkable creatures in their natural habitat.

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Miami: City Cruise to Millionaire's Homes & Venetian Islands

2. Miami: City Cruise to Millionaire's Homes & Venetian Islands

Board the boat from the heart of Downtown Miami. Relax in luxury on a bi-level boat with open windows and a shaded deck. From downtown, you will set sail towards Star Island, where many celebrities live in their stunning mansions. Catch a glimpse of Al Capone’s house as you cruise along Biscayne Bay. Next, head to Hibiscus Island, Palm Island, Sunset Island, and Fischer Island. See the famous Venetian Islands and discover more celebrity mansions along the way. Keep an eye out for the homes of Gloria Estefan, P. Diddy, Shaquille O'Neal, Enrique Iglesias, Phil Collins, Jennifer Lopez & Alex Rodriguez, Shakira, Ricky Martin, Matt Damon, and more. Your experienced tour guide will point out all the famous homes and landmarks.  Next, cruise down to South Beach and Bayside Marketplace to truly see all that Miami has to offer. At the end of the cruise, you will dock back in Downtown Miami. Choose to add more adventure to your day with the double-decker bus combo option.

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Crystal River, Florida: 3-Hour Swim with Manatees

3. Crystal River, Florida: 3-Hour Swim with Manatees

Get back to nature and discover the home of the world’s largest population of endangered manatees in the winter on an adventure to Three Sisters Springs. Get the chance to interact with the curious, gentle giants in their natural habitat.  Learn all about the animals in a classroom-type setting and get tips for your snorkel tour to make the most of your day. Hear about "passive interaction" that ensures that the animals enjoy the experience just as much as you do! Then, journey to the estuary with a Coast Guard captain aboard a covered pontoon boat. Marvel at the wildlife around you, and get up close to the sea cows as they move slowly through the water. Head back to base camp to visit the one-of-a-kind gift shop and purchase unique souvenirs. Get tips on what to do in the Kings Bay area, along with directions from the well-informed staff to other local attractions and restaurants.

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Miami: Sunset Cruise through Biscayne Bay and South Beach

4. Miami: Sunset Cruise through Biscayne Bay and South Beach

Take a break from the bustle of Downtown Miami and watch the sunset from the water. Cruise across Biscayne Bay and admire incredible views of the city skyline. Enjoy refreshments along the way, available for purchase from the onboard bar. Relax on a luxury yacht with open windows and shaded deck, as you listen to commentary from your guide. Sail past famous islands, catch a glimpse of Al Capone’s mansion, and cruise down to South Beach. Head back to shore at the end of a beautiful evening.

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From Miami: Half-Day Everglades Airboat Ride & Wildlife Show

5. From Miami: Half-Day Everglades Airboat Ride & Wildlife Show

Set off on a guided trip from Miami to discover Florida’s wildlife. Enter Everglades Holiday Park to enjoy a 45-minute airboat ride and an educational wildlife show. Benefit from skip-the-ticket-line entry and receive a free photo of your group. Head to the airboat to begin your guided cruise through the Everglades. Keep watch for native wildlife as your experienced guide will point out alligators, soft-shelled turtles, and birds in their natural habitat.  Next, see a wildlife show and get up close with alligators. Learn how these reptiles — who were once nearly hunted to extinction — made a dramatic recovery in numbers. Even take a photo with a baby alligator at the end of the show.  Board the bus to return to Miami.

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Orlando: Wildlife Watching Everglades Airboat Ride

6. Orlando: Wildlife Watching Everglades Airboat Ride

The Central Florida Everglades are natural wonders, best explored with locals who know their backwaters. The beautiful landscape and expert guidance of your captain will make this tour a trip that you'll never forget. Guests on our Scenic Nature Tour explore narrow water trails engulfed in the brush of the Central Florida Everglades. On this tour you'll stop periodically, hoping to spot Florida's state reptile, the American Alligator, in its natural setting. Witness rare and endangered birds swooping effortlessly through the skies as the sunshine warms your body and the wind whips through your hair. Other wildlife abounds throughout the trip. This tour is perfect for groups and families looking to explore and learn about the unexpected side of Central Florida. A longer trip on our Detailed Nature Tour of 1-hour increases the number of encounters with Florida's wildlife, especially the American Alligator, which can reach up to 15 feet in length and 1,000 pounds. You'll experience nature right alongside turtles, bald eagles, blue herons, deer and a wide variety of waterfowl in their natural environment, not in captivity. Be sure to also check out the Gem Mining Station. You will be able to purchase buckets filled with treasures that are native to Florida and take to the mining station. While mining, you will discover various gems, alligator teeth, shark teeth, rocks, and other treasures. There will be an additional charge for gem mining bags or buckets. A restaurant with indoor or patio seating is available, where you can dine before or after your tour (at your own expense).

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Key West: 2-Hour Sunset Sail on Schooner America 2.0

7. Key West: 2-Hour Sunset Sail on Schooner America 2.0

Take in the vibrant colors of Key West's fabulous sunset as you glide through the waters on one of the finest boats in the Key West Schooner Fleet. Watch the sun fade into the horizon and the stars emerge into the deep blue sky. America 2.0 features teak decks, mahogany-trimmings, and 3,600 square feet of canvas! Sit back and relax while she plies effortlessly through the crystal-clear waters off Key West, heading towards the horizon for the quintessential Florida sunset experience! Some of the sights on this sailing adventure include a view of Fort Zachary Taylor from the water, and views of the famed Sand Key Reef, Mallory Square, and Sunset Pier. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife such as dolphins, sea turtles, and water birds – and for the famous Key West "Green Flash" at sunset. Bring your family or friends and join the courteous and professional crew for this sunset sail that completes the Key West experience in comfort and elegance.

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Miami: Half-Day Open-Top Bus and 90-Minute Boat Tour

8. Miami: Half-Day Open-Top Bus and 90-Minute Boat Tour

Soak up the beach life, tropical beauty, and sights and sounds of Miami. Visit some of its various historically and culturally rich neighborhoods, then set out on a boat trip to see the beautiful Bay, as well as the houses of the rich and famous. Begin the tour on Lincoln Road on South Beach, the famous pedestrian street lined with cafes, restaurants, and shops. Board the open-top bus, venture down Ocean Drive, and see the famous Espanola Way. Cruise throughout Miami Beach before crossing over Biscayne Bay and into Miami. Discover downtown Miami and the Brickell district, famous for its high-rise condos, and world-class restaurants, clubs, and shopping. Discover the contrasting artistic Wynwood neighborhood, which draws artists from around the globe to paint its famous walls, and the Cuban heritage of lively Little Havana. Leave the bus at Bayside Marketplace, and board your 90-minute boat tour with bilingual commentary. Relax on the open-air deck or chill out in the air-conditioned interior. Take in the beauty of the Bay, and sights of the lavish homes of the rich and famous.

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Marco Island: 2-Hour Dolphin, Birding, and Shelling Tour

9. Marco Island: 2-Hour Dolphin, Birding, and Shelling Tour

On this 2-hour tour of Marco Island, enjoy the comfort of the captain's style seating and travel deep into the area’s 10,000 islands for an interpretive tour and shelling with a certified naturalist guide. Depending on the season, expect to see manatees, dolphins, sea turtles, bald eagles, ospreys, herons, egrets, pelicans, alligators, rosette spoonbills, and numerous species of fish and shorebirds. Learn about the Everglades eco-systems, flora and fauna, rich heritage, and long history. The area's wildlife moves around so each tour is different. Many species are seasonal and inhabit different areas depending on environmental conditions. Be sure to bring your camera, binoculars, sunglasses, snacks, favorite drinks, and a hat. 

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Key West: Reef Snorkel Morning Tour with Breakfast & Mimosas

10. Key West: Reef Snorkel Morning Tour with Breakfast & Mimosas

Hop onboard your catamaran for the morning then set sail onto Key West’s glistening turquoise waters towards the third longest reef in the world. During the cruise, soak up epic views of the coastline and snack on a delicious, light breakfast accompanied by mimosas. Upon arrival at the snorkel site, get kitted out with all the necessary gear and listen to a safety briefing. Afterwards, make a splash as you jump into the refreshing, crystal clear water. Follow your instructor as you navigate this impressive coral reef and snorkel in search of colorful marine life. During the experience, enjoy the opportunity to see some of Key West’s 110 species of coral and 500 species of tropical fish. At the end of an epic adventure, relax on deck, grab a beer, and soak up the last of the coastal views as you sail back to port.

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What people are saying about Florida

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4.5 / 5

based on 1,360 reviews

It is a great family activity. We spotted several Everglades residents while on the air boat tour, which was very exciting and informational.

Enjoyed our trip. Show at the end was good. He knows how to keep the audience engaged. Recommend it! Wish the boat ride was little longer.

As advertised!. Great hard working crew on the Sunset Cruise on 12-29-21. Highly recommended.

Loved the thrilling ride in the boat and got to see Alligators in their natural habitat!

Awesome experience! Our guide Tanner was hilarious.