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Key West: Dolphin Watching and Snorkeling Eco Cruise Tour

1. Key West: Dolphin Watching and Snorkeling Eco Cruise Tour

Enjoy a dolphin-watching cruise in Key West. Snorkel in the Key West Wildlife Refuge, see playful bottlenose dolphins, and enjoy a cold beer or wine as you cruise. Climb aboard a fast catamaran and head out into the Gulf. As you cruise, see the grace and beauty of the resident Key West dolphins in the shimmering turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Look for bottlenose dolphins as they swim, play, and feed. Then, head to the Key West Wildlife Refuge to snorkel in the shallow backcountry waters. Relax in the knowledge that your tour has the prestigious “Dolphin SMART” certification, a national program created by conservation agencies, that protects and promotes the responsible observance of dolphins. Begin your ride back to the dock, and enjoy a complimentary cold beer and chilled wine. Opt for the sunset tour and experience the world-famous Key West sunset as a bonus.

Everglades National Park: Airboat Tour and Wildlife Show

2. 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.

Crystal River: Pontoon Boat Cruise and Swim with Manatees

3. Crystal River: Pontoon Boat Cruise and Swim with Manatees

Get back to nature and discover the home of the world’s largest population of endangered manatees in the winter on a pontoon boat tour 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. Get your snorkeling gear on, 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.

Miami: Everglades Airboat Ride, Wildlife Show & Bus Transfer

4. Miami: Everglades Airboat Ride, Wildlife Show & Bus Transfer

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.

Tampa: The Florida Aquarium Skip-the-Line Entrance

5. Tampa: The Florida Aquarium Skip-the-Line Entrance

Get close to many of Florida’s aquatic and terrestrial animals and ecosystems, as well as others from around the world at the Florida Aquarium, including sea turtles and coral. Your ticket allows you to access all of the exhibits, which feature diverse creatures and habitats.  The Florida Aquarium works to protect and restore our planet on many conservation fronts, including research and rescue efforts that help restore Florida’s sea turtle and coral populations and to ensure that sharks continue to swim the seas.  Get up close and personal with unique moon jellies at the touch pool experience in the Moon Bay exhibit and learn about this hypnotically graceful ocean creature with surprising survival skills. On the Wetlands Trail, see species such as alligators, river otters, and even the invasive Burmese python. There is also a large aviary that allows birds to explore in a safe environment. Journey through a mangrove forest to see it teeming with local fish. Witness feedings of the intriguing pink spoonbill or other animals and learn more about the wildlife during scheduled presentations at the ranger station. Embark on the Journey to Madagascar, a unique exhibit featuring ring-tailed lemurs, chameleons, hissing cockroaches, and marine life found in the Indian Ocean. In the Bays to Beaches exhibit, see spiny lobsters and the strange Toadfish as well as Batfish who walk on the bottom of the seafloor. Take the opportunity to touch the gentle aquatic creatures at Stingray Beach, or bizarre creatures that have no backbone such as anemones and sea stars. In the coral tunnel, discover the intriguing sea dragons and sea horses. The Florida Aquarium journey culminates at the 500,000-gallon habitat that features sharks, rays, sea turtles, reef fish, and moray eels. Learn about the aquarium’s conservation efforts at the Waves of Wonder gallery. The highlight of this section is the Heart of the Sea where you will see bonnethead sharks, loggerhead turtle, tarpon, southern stingrays, spotted eagle rays, plus a variety of reef fish. At The Splash Pad, bring swimsuits for the kids who are invited to play in the outdoor plaza at the rain-forest-themed water feature with dump buckets and waterworks, plus net climbs, slides, and more.

Crystal River Small Group Swim with Manatee Tour

6. Crystal River Small Group Swim with Manatee Tour

Swim with manatees in the spring-fed King’s Bay Wildlife Refuge in Crystal River, home to the world’s largest population of the endangered creatures during the winter. Encounter these gentle giants in their natural habitat. Benefit from the services of a Coast Guard certified captain and in-water educator and photographer. Learn about the animals in a classroom-type setting and get tips to make the most of your day. Hear about passive interaction to make sure that the animals enjoy the experience just as much as you do! Then, suit up and board a covered pontoon boat to immerse yourself in the manatees' world. Be treated like royalty aboard the boat and see the wildlife refuge in style. Return to the facility at the end of your adventure and visit the one-of-a-kind gift shop! Hear about other local attractions and restaurants, and get answers to any questions you may have before you depart.

Miami: Everglades Safari Park Airboat Tour and Park Entrance

7. Miami: Everglades Safari Park Airboat Tour and Park Entrance

Discover the flora and fauna of Everglades Safari Park while your captains navigate through the pristine waters of the national park on an airboat tour. Get to know this unique landscape up close with a guide. Enjoy wildlife shows, exhibits, an observation platform, and a jungle trail boardwalk. Begin your airboat journey deep into nature's mysterious wilderness. Relax as you pass through an intricate River of Grass system. Learn about the wetlands from your guide as you maneuver through this secretly preserved jungle and its inhabitants. Experience breathtaking panoramic views as you glide along the park with stops on levees along the way. Be on the lookout for alligators, turtles, deers, wild hogs, and raccoons. Encounter native flora and other exotic wildlife in the Everglades' lush vegetation and tranquility. After your 40-minute airboat ride, take a closer look at some of the animals that call the Florida Everglades home during an interactive Wildlife Nature Show. You can also explore the winding Jungle Trail on foot, view the observation deck, and see other park exhibits.

Panama City Beach: Gulf World Marine Park Entry Ticket

8. Panama City Beach: Gulf World Marine Park Entry Ticket

Enjoy and explore a world of underwater animals at Gulf World Marine Park. Enjoy a fun day out for all the family where educational tours and animal encounters abound. Learn more about your favorite animals and experience them up close. During your visit, get the chance to watch 3 daily educational presentations featuring dolphins, sea lions, and more. Explore the indoor and outdoor gardens, see tropical birds, and get up close and personal with the park's friendly stingrays and even pet them. Enjoy the shows and explore the exhibits for as long as you like. Take advantage of the flexibility in your ticket to linger longer and wander around the grounds.

Orange City: Blue Spring State Park SUP & Kayaking Tour

9. Orange City: Blue Spring State Park SUP & Kayaking Tour

Discover Blue Spring State Park on a standup paddling or kayaking tour with a local guide. Learn why Blue Spring is an ideal manatee habitat, paddle through stunning emerald waters, and hear fascinating facts about the wildlife you spot from the water. Meet your guide at the water and get to grips with your standup paddleboard. Practice on land and then try it out in the water before taking off. If you don't feel ready for a full tour on the SUP, join the tour with a kayak instead. Once you're ready, head into the emerald waters of Blue Spring State Park. Paddle through these warm waters that never dip below 72°F, making them a safe space for manatees year-round. Spot West Indian manatees playing in this designated manatee refuge next to your board, and keep an eye overhead for the majestic bald eagle and sandhill cranes. Stop to admire turtles swimming or sunbathing on the sand.

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

10. 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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Very cool experience! The crew ensured a pleasant stay with unlimited food and drinks. The canoe trip could have been a little longer. This was divided into two groups given the number of canoes. Our round was a bit short because the previous group ran out as someone had fallen out of the canoe. But would be nice if you could canoe for an hour. Now it was only half an hour.

The tour was visually amazing and our guide, Ivory and Sara were knowledgeable (Sara is one of the amazing mural artist) and gave us a lot of information we would not have gotten on our own! I have a greater appreciation for this type of art and amazing creativity and storytelling behind it.

The package offered was reasonably price. The bus was simple to find and the ride was comfortable the operator of the boat was well versed and we actually seen a lot of wildlife and an alligator as well.

Fun! I wish it had more science, but it was for a delightful mass audience and fun and very well organized anyway.

this is my 2nd ride in 4 months. i enjoyed both and gets better based on the diversity of the guide.