Everglades Airboat Adventure
Duration: 3 1/2 hours
Tour Code: MIA-002
Race through the Everglades on an airboat, the absolute most thrilling and enlightening way to observe this amazing ecosystem and its exceptional wildlife.
Your tour commences from the pier with a drive deep into the heart of the Everglades, one of the world's most unique ecosystems. The best way to experience its natural beauty is by airboat, a mode of transportation specifically designed with a flat bottom to skim across the shallow water. After hopping aboard, you'll tear off for a thrilling ride through the immense, watery wilderness that the Seminole Indians call "pahay okee," which means "grassy water."
Your up-close exploration has you passing sawgrass prairies, cypress-dotted swamps, pinelands and hardwood forests, all of which make up the Everglades National Park, which was established in 1947. A massive watershed, the naturally beautiful Everglades supports thousands of species of plants and animals, the most renowned being the American Alligator, which can grow up to 16 feet long. There's no telling what you will see along the way, although alligators, egrets, herons, iguanas and turtles are frequently spotted in the Everglades, which is the largest wilderness area east of the Mississippi River.
Following your exhilirating ride, you'll enjoy some free time to explore the park on your own. You might watch an alligator show or simply browse the reptile exhibit, familiarizing yourself with some of the unusual creatures that live in the area. When your visit comes to a close, you'll rejoin your coach for the transfer back to the pier.
Please note: While this tour includes a limited amount of walking, mostly at the guests' discretion during free time, the airboat ride can be a high adrenalin adventure. Participants must be able to step from the dock onto the airboat. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing which should include a light jacket to protect from wind or possible water splash; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; insect repellant; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested.