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1-Hour Air boat Ride and Nature Walk with Naturalist in Everglades National Park

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1 Hour Air Boat Ride and Nature Walk with Naturalist in Everglades National Park
  • 5 hours 30 minutes to 6 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Explore the Everglades National Park with a naturalist guide, including an airboat ride and a nature walk, on this half-day tour. Learn about the area ecosystems and view alligators and local birdlife. On the smaller air boat, travel way out far from land and become immersed in the culture and remote beauty of the Native way of life, including a stop to a Native tree island village or two. A narrated scenic drive led by the master naturalist and round-trip transportation from your hotel or vacation rental in Miami, Hollywood, Ft. Lauderdale, or the port in Ft. Lauderdale or Miami included.
  • Combination Everglades tour in just a half day
  • Led by a naturalist guide
  • Take an airboat ride across the River of Grass
  • One nature walk to learn about the ecosystem
  • Round-trip transportation from Ft. Lauderdale or Miami hotels or cruise port
  • Receive Wild Lime eco-canteens - yours to keep!

What's Included

  • National Park fees
  • Air boat fees
  • All activities
  • Experienced naturalist guide
  • Hotel/port pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation and luggage storage
  • Snacks
  • Wild Lime Adventures Eco Bottle to Keep
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

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

Meeting point

  • The Miccosukee General Store
    36073 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33194, USA

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Start time

07:00 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

We 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 ---- We can drop off at Port Miami and Port Everglades. 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. This tour is also great for those coming from Fort Myers, Naples, and Marco Island! 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 arrange these details 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 sure to be ready prior to that pick up window.

What To Expect

Fort Lauderdale (Pass By)

Miami (Pass By)

Miami Beach (Pass By)

Tamiami Trail

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Shark Valley

2 hours 20 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Miccosukee Indian Village

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • A tour can be cancelled if minimum numbers are not reached.
  • In case of one part of the trip needing to be canceled, we can offer you another date to rejoin to experience that part of the tour, or we can provide a gift certificate in the amount of a discount that can be used on a future tour. No monetary reimbursements are issued for partial cancellations due to the onset of bad weather, or for other reasons.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 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 Airboat ride and Nature Walk?

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 Airboat ride and Nature Walk?

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 Airboat ride and Nature Walk?

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 Airboat ride and Nature Walk?

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 Airboat ride and Nature Walk 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 Airboat ride and Nature Walk 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 Airboat ride and Nature Walk?

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, including large & baby alligators and a wide variety of bird and other wildlife.

Feb 2023

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Benjamin_K
We saw a lot of alligators and the nature around is very beautiful. Our guide Ben was very friendly and informative and makes sure you're having a good time. For experiencing the real Everglades I highly recommend going on this tour.

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Nice Everglades hike and Air boat ride
Michael_M, Feb 2024
Nice walk with naturalist very knowledgeable and want us to good experience in viewing wildlife Air boat did a good job showing us the glades and wildlife
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Really appreciate you taking the time to leave us this review. Thanks for coming!
Fantastic 2 tours in one!
Richard_R, Feb 2024
We were picked up at our hotel in Miami and transported to the shark valley entrance of the park. Lindsey was a great guide that explained the history of the park, and pointed out plants and animals to the small group of about 10 people. It was great having a naturalist point out things we saw. We did see an alligator, some birds, a turtle, a baby cottonmouth snake. The walk was easy and we stopped by the park visitor/gift center. Next we drove over to the airboat dock operated by the Miccosukee Indian’s and took an airboat ride to a small Indian village. The airboat was operated by a Miccosukee Indian medicine man and he explained the cultural history of the Miccosuke people and the village. It was the highlight of the tour. We saw a couple gators in their natural habitat. The airboat portion was about a hour, but the airboat ride was much shorter than that. That was good though because the airboat is VERY loud and the scenery is all about the same. When I was looking for airboat tours I wanted a long airboat ride. I was completely happy with the tour and highly recommend it. It was GREAT!
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Thanks for coming out there with us. And for your candid thoughts in this review. We really appreciate your insights, and would love to see you again one day!
Action-Packed Everglades Adventure.
Frank_K, Feb 2024
Excellent tour! Shoutout to Tammy for being such a great guide. From start to finish this tour was extremely action-packed and accommodating. The air conditioned van was very spacious, the tour guides are very knowledgeable, and you will definitely see a lot of interesting wildlife. Highlight is taking an airboat ride through the swamp to an island where Native Americans used to reside. Saw tons of alligators, rare birds, turtles, and plenty of interesting flora and fauna.
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Your review means the world to us. Thanks for taking the time to leave it. We appreciate you coming on our tour!
Ben was an excellent tour...
Debbie_S, Feb 2024
Ben was an excellent tour guide for the Everglades. He’s very knowledgeable and personable. The airboat was fantastic!
Response from Host, Feb 2024
So nice of you! We loved seeing it all with you!
Perfect for a small sample of the Everglades
Katie_W, Feb 2024
Had the best time during our half day Everglades tour! Julia did a phenomenal job keeping the tour moving along even through a rainy spell. We were so impressed at her extensive knowledge of both the ecology and history of the region. Loved also getting to learn a little about the Miccosukee people. It would be a great addition to this tour to add some time for shopping at their store or arts/crafts shops. Overall a great experience and would definitely recommend for someone wanting to get a small taste of the Everglades. Thanks, Julia!
Response from Host, Feb 2024
So very kind of you. We are super grateful to have spent the day out in nature with you. Hope to see you again one day!
Beautiful tour, worth the money.
Aja_S, Feb 2024
The tour guide, Lindsay, and the different boat drivers were knowledgeable locals who were excited to share what they know about the area. Exceeded my expectations in seeing the biodiversity of the everglades. Tour also included native tribes contributions and history which sadly a lot of US tour guides fail to do.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
We are extremely happy you chose to go to the Everglades with us. Thanks for taking a moment to leave us this kind review, and for mentioning how the Native peoples are truly integral to any understanding of the Everglades.
Gr8!!!!
Rong_B, Feb 2024
Awesome adventure, thanks to lindsey, and randy! It was a 7 hour adventure and would strongly recommend. The airboat tour is the most authentic, as our guide randy had amazing insights into the wild animals of the region.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you, thank you!
Great tour
Ty_D, Feb 2024
Fantastic tour! The coach was comfortable and it’s a quick drive from Miami. Airboat tour was fun. We saw several alligators and other animals. The trail is on pavement/boardwalk so it’s easy going. Be aware of fire ants though! I stepped on a mound and got bitten pretty bad but that was my fault.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
We really appreciate you coming out there with us. Sorry about the fire ants. We try to warn people but they are in a lot of places. Thank you!
Julia was a great tour...
Sohan_G, Feb 2024
Julia was a great tour guide she was very knowledgeable and we saw over 5 alligators and learned a lot about florida’s habitats.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
So glad you liked it. We really appreciate you coming out there with us!
Great Adventure
Carl_P, Jan 2024
Thoroughly enjoyed our trip. Tammy was very knowledgeable and informative on our nature walk and saw numerous alligators up close and personal 😁. Elvis did a great job locating wildlife on the airboat ride. Being picked up from our hotel was a bonus. Would definitely recommend.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
So glad you thoroughly enjoyed it. We really appreciate you choosing our tour. Means a lot!
Everglades
Paris_K, Jan 2024
Naturalist (I think her name was Julie) was very passionate about the area and kept us informed with all the fun facts
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you so much for taking a moment to leave us this nice review. Thanks for coming!
Top down in the Everglades
Rachel_W, Jan 2024
Well besides almost getting left behind at the meetup point - where I had to run after the van before it turned onto 41 (even though the guide knew I was there but forgot and didn't do a head count before leaving) and then having our airboat tour cut short where we had to wait an additional hour due to technical difficulties and a sick employee replacement/issue, there were some redeeming qualities and that's why I give this a four. I led off with the negative, but lets focus on the positive here. During our very short easy hike on a popular paved walkway that most likely worked out to be 1.5 miles round trip, one of our group couldn't handle the physical portion of it and fell. I, and another one of our group, helped the elderly man back up, and then the guide made sure that everyone else was OK in the group to continue for a little while longer while she took him back. While concerned with our experience, her main focus was on taking care of the man and getting him back safely. I applaud her for her level headedness in the situation and keeping calm under pressure. The second redeeming incident was that she provided me with some additional local parks that were close by with gorgeous nature views since I had driven myself to the meeting point. If she hadn't mentioned these to me, I wouldn't have seen the most beautiful cypress strand in my life and wouldn't have witnessed some gorgeous animal sightings. So for that, I thank you.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Please feel free to get in contact with us to let us know what tour you were on. We appreciate the feedback, but to be honest it doesn't sound like our tour. Are you sure it was with our company? We didn't receive any reports of air boats being broken down, especially for the length of time you are describing for this entire season, and if you were almost left at the meetup point, we'd like to know more about that, because that has never happened in all the years of us being in business. So, we'd like to hear more. In any case, if you were on our tour, we appreciate you coming with us regardless.
Interesting, fun and informative
louisesmart1966, Jan 2024
Great trip! Informative, friendly and enjoyable way to see this amazing area. It was good to learn more about the wildlife, history and ecology of the region. Our guide Lindsay was really helpful and personable
Response from Host, Jan 2024
So glad that you love the tour. We really appreciate you coming out there with us!
This may work better as a warm weather adventure
Lisa_R, Jan 2024
The weather was cold, so we didn’t see much wildlife. The guide was competent but spoke way too fast and was often out of earshot of the whole group.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
We appreciate the feedback, even when it doesn't hit the mark we were hoping for. On the one or two days a year when it is super cold, like that day, it can affect the wildlife a little. But there is still usually a lot to see and learn about. The guide that day is one of our highest rated guides, so I'm surprised you couldn't hear parts of the narration. We appreciate you coming on our tour.
Wonderful tour!
Chelsea_P, Jan 2024
We had a fabulous time during our half day Everglades tour. Our tour guide Lindsey was very knowledgeable and shared a lot of information about the Everglades and the wildlife we saw during our nature walk. The airboat tour was really relaxing and scenic, and we saw several gators up close. Highly recommend!
Response from Host, Jan 2024
We sincerely appreciate you choosing our tour, and for taking the time to leave us this nice review. Means a lot. Thank you!
Would try a full day trip next time
SanFan_H, Dec 2023
Our tour guide Tammy was very enthusiastic and seemed very excited whenever she found an alligator, a turtle, or any creature that habitats in the ecosystem, showing how much she really lived nature. Although we did not have enough time to finish the whole trail (since we saw so many alligators on the way and stopped), it might actually be worth doing the full day trip for those that really would like to explore. Half day def felt too short. The airboat ride allowed us to see more alligators and learn about the natives that live here. There were some logistic challenge in terms of pick up and drop off, but the company Wild Lime Adventures made sure to communicate ahead of time with me regarding change for pick up location and reimbursed my trip to the pickup location. They also Ubered me and two other individuals back to the hotel.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Thanks for letting us know that you really enjoyed the day. We're glad we were able to make it work with you in the end, in terms of the logistics. Every day is a little different. We really appreciate your flexibility. Thanks for choosing our tour!
Great Experience
Amber_Z, Dec 2023
Great experience! Tour guide (Ryan) was knowledgeable, was good at telling the history of the Everglades, and had a great personality.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Really appreciate you coming out there with us. Thanks for leaving us this review!
Air boat ride was awesome - the nature walk was not worth it
Robert_L, Dec 2023
Good Points: (1) Getting to/from the Everglades was well organized and timely despite having a group of people to deal with, (2) the air boat ride was awesome, (3) the "naturalist" seemed to know a lot about the area and its history. Bad Points: (1) The tour guide was much more concerned with his schedule than our comfort or experience - the weather got unexpectedly cold and our tour guide did not seem to care that 6 of 10 people on the tour were very cold. I had to specifically ask if I could buy clothes at the gift shop so I could stay warm. It turns out there were ponchos in the van that someone had to ask to use so we could warm up, (2) the nature walk was pretty pointless because there was little to see - we walked down and back on a path that had little wildlife or things to see. I would recommend taking the air boat-only version of this tour rather than the more expensive version that includes the nature walk.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
We appreciat the feedback. When it gets really cold sometimes it is a little more challenging to see certain wildlife, but we will speak to the guide regarding your comments. Thanks for sharing them. We appreciate you choosing our tour.
Really unique experience to walk next to alligators. Also learned a lot about them.
Nikolaos_S, Dec 2023
Really unique experience to walk next to alligators. Also learned a lot about them. Guide was excellent. Same applies to the one in the airboats
Response from Host, Jan 2024
That's terrific. Thank you very much for coming out there with us!
First class visit to the Everglades
Ceri_B, Dec 2023
This trip costs more than some advertised trips to the Everglades but it’s well worth it. Unlike some trips, this trip visited the Everglades National Park Visitor Centre for an hour’s walk (saw birds, snake, tree frog, alligator and babies) then an airboat ride with a very knowledge pilot who know where to find alligators. Transport is in an air conditioned minivan. Snacks and water bottles (to keep) are provided. Highly recommended.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
We are so happy you felt like it was worth it. We put a lot into these trips. We sincerely appreciate you choosing to spend the day with us!
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