Fort Lauderdale

Everglades National Park Biologist Led Adventure: Cruise, Hike + Airboat

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Everglades Adventure
  • 9 hours 30 minutes to 10 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Explore the real Everglades with a master naturalist on this full-day adventure. Enjoy a Ten Thousand Islands boat tour to spot birds, manatees, and dolphins; and a master-naturalist-led dry nature hike in Big Cypress National Preserve. Also included are a 1-hour airboat ride far from land into the River of Grass; a visit to a Native tree island village only accessible via boat; time at a historical trading post, and lunch.
  • Full-day Everglades cruise, hike, and airboat tour with master naturalist
  • 1-hour airboat ride into River of Grass to see alligators and more up-close
  • 1-hour and 20 minutes cruise in Ten Thousand Islands to spot manatees, dolphins, and birds
  • Visit a Native tree island village and historical trading post
  • Includes wildlife-spotting experiences in Big Cypress; plus delicious lunch

What's Included

  • Delicious local lunch, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options
  • Snacks, soft drinks, water, and sparkling water
  • Hotel/Port pickup and drop-off or designated meeting points
  • Drop off at airports in time for flight home
  • Free luggage storage
  • master naturalist guide
  • sunscreen, insect repellent, poncos for guest use
  • National Park maps to keep
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • Shark Valley Visitor Center
    36000 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33194, USA

    We will meet you directly across the street at the Miccosukee Gas Station. There is free and safe parking available.

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Start time

07:30 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

Wild Lime Adventures will pick up at hotels and vacation rentals and other locations in many Miami, Hollywood, and Ft. Lauderdale areas and neighborhoods. We also pick up from Port Miami .Wild Lime Adventures can drop off at Port Miami and Port Everglades. We can store your luggage on the van throughout the tour! We can drop off at Miami Airport and Ft. Lauderdale Airport. We can provide a convenient meet up location for anyone coming from outside our pick up areas, including those coming from the Keys, Homestead, and other south Miami-Dade County locations. You can also easily do this tour if coming from the West Coast of Florida (Marco Island, Fort Myers and Naples). We can provide a convenient meet up location for those coming from north or west of our pick up range in Ft. Lauderdale. For shared tours, we may not be able to pick up north of Sunrise Blvd. or west of I-95 in Ft. Lauderdale. We provide free luggage stowage. Some guests may decide to be dropped off at the airport, cruise port, or at a different location or hotel at the conclusion of the tour. There is no extra charge for this service, as long as it is within our transportation zone. We assume that guests will be returning to the same pick up or meet up location at the end of the tour unless they make other arrangements with us ahead of time. We are usually able to provide a broader range of transportation for private tours. The standard pick up time is about 7:15 or 7:30 a.m. However, we will message you the afternoon before the tour to provide you with the exact pick up time. This time will typically be a 10 minute window of time. Please be ready prior to that pick up window. If you book this directlty with Wild Lime Adventures on our website, you will receive a discount!

What To Expect

Miami (Pass By)

Fort Lauderdale (Pass By)

Everglades National Park

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Miccosukee Indian Village

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Oasis Visitor Center

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Big Cypress National Preserve

1 hour 40 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Smallwood Store

25 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Chokoloskee

45 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Southwest Gulf Coast

1 hour 15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Everglades City

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options are also available for lunch
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

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Q:Where do we meet for the Biologist-led Adventure: Cruise, Hike, & Airboat?

A:This tour offers pickup from selected hotels. Be sure to select your hotel when making your reservation. You may also meet directly at the listed meeting location.

Feb 2023

Q:What time is pickup for the Biologist-led Adventure: Cruise, Hike, & Airboat?

A:Hotel pickups are typically between 7 AM and 7:30 AM. After confirmation, the local operator will reach out to you via email with your exact pickup time and location. You may also contact them directly at the phone number on your ticket for any questions.

Feb 2023

Q:How early should I arrive for the Biologist-led Adventure: Cruise, Hike, & Airboat?

A:Please be ready at least 15 minutes before your scheduled pickup time to check-in.

Feb 2023

Q:Is there parking near the departure point for the Biologist-led Adventure: Cruise, Hike, & Airboat?

A:Free parking is available at the Miccosukee Gas Station located across the street from the Shark Valley Visitor Center.

Feb 2023

Q:Can I be dropped off at a different location than my selected pickup?

A:This may be arranged, depending on location and availability. If you need to be dropped off at a different location, please contact the local operator directly at the phone number on your ticket in advance for any special requests.

Feb 2023

Q:Is the Biologist-led Adventure: Cruise, Hike, & Airboat family-friendly?

A:Absolutely! This tour is appropriate for guests ages 5 and over.

Feb 2023

Q:Can I bring my child under 5 years old?

A:All guests must be at least 5 years old to participate.

Feb 2023

Q:Can I participate in the Biologist-led Adventure: Cruise, Hike, & Airboat if I am pregnant?

A:Due to the nature of the airboat ride, this tour is not recommended for pregnant guests.

Feb 2023

Q:Can I bring a pet or service animal with me on the Biologist-led Adventure: Cruise, Hike, & Airboat?

A:As the alligators may swim directly up to the side of the airboat, animals of any kind are not allowed onboard.

Feb 2023

Q:How long is the actual airboat ride?

A:The cruise is approximately one hour long. You will also have some free time to explore the exhibits, inlcluding large & baby alligators and a wide variety of bird and other wildlife.

Feb 2023

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Cathy_G
The airboat tour brought us to places to see alligators basking in the sun and looking up from the water. The guide was funny and showed us birds that were around too. He spoke of things to know about alligators! Our main guide was very knowledgeable about the birds, flora and fauna and that made a big difference because there is so much to know about The Everglades. We had a delicious lunch at a local place!

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Enjoyable!
Jon_G, Apr 2024
Our guide Julie was enthusiastic and knowledgeable, consistently pointing out items of interest. Her enthusiasm was contagious as she pointed out Roseate Spoonbills along our route. We were on safe ground along boardwalks through the walking portions and with capable captains during the water based mangroves and airboat portions. A long day, but never boring.
Everglades fun day
sri_v, Apr 2024
Tour guide Ryan was excellent and well versed with the history and culture. So, that was a bonus. He took the stress part of the national park visit planning away from us. They also serve lunch, which was really good and had quite decent options And gave a souvenir bottle with water and soda for hydration( which is a must) and snack( which helped keep our kids not throw tantrums)
An amazing time!
Crysta_R, Mar 2024
We loved every minute of our trip!! So glad we booked this experience! Our guide was amazing, each portion of the trip was fun for all of us!
The full Everglades experience in one day for a great price
Seth_V, Mar 2024
Great experience! You will get everything you wanted and more. They manage to pack in so much for a great price! It was an exhausting day but very satisfying! If you're looking for the full Everglades experience in a day, this is the tour to book. Our tour guide, Lindsey, was fantastic, and every stop exceeded expectations.
A fantastic experience
Sen_H, Mar 2024
It is fantastic tour. Stacy, our tour guide, is enthusiastic about who system of everglades,birds, plants. The hike of cypress dome is very educational. Stacy tries hardt to help guests have most experiences. We visited a stone crab shop. The cranlbs are delicious. Highly recommend the tour and Stacy.
Fantastic tour of the Everglades!
Atsu_K, Mar 2024
This was a fantastic tour. Our guides Stacy and Elijah were very accommodating and generous with their time and explanations throughout the tour. They were genuinely excited about seeing and sharing the nature/wildlife around us, and they cared deeply about sharing the culture and history of the area. The wet walk was an experience we would only have gotten by doing this tour, and both the boat tour out to the Gulf coast islands and the airboat ride through the Everglades were highly enjoyable. Most of all we were very happy with the quality of our guides. Thank you for a memorable experience!
Excellent Tour!
julie_j, Mar 2024
Loved the deep dive into the Everglades and learning the background/history of them, the various critters all the way up to the gators! RYAN, our guide, was FAN-TABULOUS!! His wealth of knowledge was amazing-from plants to animals, as well as the history of the people who came in the past and the history of the lands. Yes, it is a full day, but so worth it in all the info that you learn and Ryan made it so much fun! Give him a raise! :)
Great day exploring the Everglades
Richard_O, Mar 2024
Excellent trip with an amazing guide- Ryan. This is the best way to see and experience the everglades. Our guide was extremel;y knowledgeable and he made this trip most enjoyable
Response from Host, Mar 2024
So glad that your guide hit the mark with you. We strive to make is super enjoyable. It's an easy job, considering a lot of our guests, like you, enjoy experiencing these amazing places, just as much as we do. Thanks for coming!
Best guide
Jan_V, Feb 2024
We had perfect weather and Ryan, he is the best guid we ever had before. Lots of interesting information, enthusiastic about all plants, birds and alligators. Fun to have a guide like this
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Thank you so much for coming on our tour, and for taking a moment to leave us this very nice review.
We had such a great day....
Karinne_C, Feb 2024
We had such a great day. Our guide Julia was amazing. She was so knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Would highly recommend this experience.
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Thank you so much for taking a moment to leave us this lovely review. Thanks for coming!
Everglades naturalist-led tour
Anna_M, Feb 2024
Ryan led us and gave us an interesting and thorough guide throughout our day. Each leg of our Everglades trip had special moments. We had a peaceful airboat ride, a wonderful boat ride with dolphins following us, then a nature walk, where we saw close up of the the flora. We saw plenty of American alligators !
Response from Host, Mar 2024
I tend to agree with you that the air boat experience feels peaceful. It's like my moment of zen out there, with the white noise in the background. Not the loud, obnoxious machines that some describe. At least on our tours, it seems that way. We use smaller boats, which is one reason why. We are super thankful that you chose to go on our tour, and that you took the time to leave us this kind review.
Fantastic Introduction to Everglades National Park
Andrea_J, Feb 2024
From start to finish, this trip was a revelation. Expertly led by our guide, Ryan, we were able to experience three different sections of the Everglades. The airboat through the sawgrass was as dramatic as it looks on film - very trippy as we mowed over grassy patches. How our captain was able to tell the floating grass from the islands was anyone's guess. He also spotted a lounging alligator almost right out of the dock. On the other side of the Big Cypress National Reserve, the boat ride through the Ten Thousand Islands was equally dramatic. Our captain pointed out salt-water crocodiles, various birds, and a couple of manatees, which I admit I never was able to see. A high point was the dolphins that chose to accompany us for part of the cruise. The hike was actually a leisurely stroll on a boardwalk, perfect for spotting plants, reptiles, and amphibians. All through the trip, Ryan educated us about the history, human and natural, of the Everglades. His knowledge, enthusiasm, and clear love of the place added a great deal of value to the day.
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Thanks for mentioning your guide, and everything that you saw and experienced that made the day special for you! We loved seeing and doing it all with you. Hope to see you again one day!
The real Florida in a day...more than our money’s worth!
Jeff_P, Feb 2024
Ryan’s (our guide) knowledge of culture, history, everglade ecosystems was incredible. His engaging approach was outstanding!
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Thanks so much. We hope to see you again one day perhaps!
Great experience worth taking the day to do this
Marci_P, Feb 2024
Such a fun tour, or your guide Traci was fun, and knowledgeable, her genuine excitement for the wildlife and flowers we were seeing was truly contagious. Lunch was yummy. Both of the boat drivers made the trip fun
Response from Host, Mar 2024
That's great. Yes, the food at lunch is really good, isn't it? Your review means the world to us. Thanks so much for coming out there with us.
Great trip highly recommend
Nicholas_H, Feb 2024
Julia was great! So knowledgeable about everything and with her being excited it made the tour exciting! The boat tour and air boat tour were top notch. Even the grumpy kids had a great time and are still talking about it! Highly recommend!
Response from Host, Mar 2024
We are thrilled to hear that the passion we have rubbed off on you. We are so grateful to be able to spend some time in nature with those like you, who appreciate the same thing! Thanks for coming!
Stunning Everglades
Cathy_G, Feb 2024
The airboat tour brought us to places to see alligators basking in the sun and looking up from the water. The guide was funny and showed us birds that were around too. He spoke of things to know about alligators! Our main guide was very knowledgeable about the birds, flora and fauna and that made a big difference because there is so much to know about The Everglades. We had a delicious lunch at a local place!
Response from Host, Feb 2024
So very kind of you to leave us this lovely review. We enjoyed seeing and doing it all with you. Hope to see you again!
We had an awesome day! So...
Nicolas_H, Jan 2024
We had an awesome day! So glad we attended the full day tour, it was totally worth it. Ryan was the best tourguide one could possibly think of :)
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Really nice of you to leave us this review! Truly means a lot. Thank you!
Recommended!
Lisa_H, Jan 2024
I went on a couple of tours while in Miami but this was definitely the best! Abigail was an excellent and very knowledgeable tour guide. We went on an airboat through the marshland, walked though the swamp and caught a speedboat through the mangroves. A long day but very enjoyable
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you for coming, and for mentioning your guide and what you liked about the day. Many thanks.
Fascinating and Fun Everglades Adventure!
BURT_P, Jan 2024
My teenage son and I just spent an amazing day in the Everglades thanks to Wild Lime Adventures. Winter is the best time of the year to be here with the most animals visible, no mosquitos, and the pleasant temperatures. Our 10-hour tour included two boats, including an airboat, and a hike. Abigale, a very knowledgeable biologist, led us through more than a half-dozen well-organized stops. We highly recommend this tour to anyone interested in learning about this fascinating ecosystem!
Response from Host, Feb 2024
So thrilled you had a beautiful day out there with your son. Thank you very much for letting us know what you thought, and for including a mention of your guide too!
Wow
Steve_W, Jan 2024
Long day from Ft. Lauderdale, but we'll worth it. Julia was exceptional with her knowledge of the Everglades.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Thank you so very much for taking a moment to leave us this really kind review. We are so pleased that you chose us to spend the day with out there, in this most unique and special place. Hope to see you again one day!
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