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Description: This manmade waterway is part of Everglades National Park.

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Backwoods boat tour - entertaining and informative

My wife and I took a mid-March 2013 boat tour from the Flamingo Visitors Center to Coot Bay and learned much about life and living in the Everglades from the indigenous... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2013
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

We did the 2 hour backcountry boat tour of from the Flamingo area of Everglades National Park. (There is a different boat tour from this marina of Florida Bay.) The tour leaves from the marina and goes up the Buttonwood Canal to Coot Bay. (There are maps of the trail the 2 boat tours take at the marina, so you... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The canal here is man-made, wildlife is sparse, and the tour is too long for what little you see. If you visit Everglades City on the Gulf Coast and take any boat tours, do not spend your time in Flamingo on this tour -- we were disappointed and bored with this experience after having seen so many birds on the... More 

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Miami, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

My friend and I took the Backwater Tour at the Flamingo center. It lasts about 1.5 hours, and although it is VERY informative and it is nice to see the man-made canal all the way to the Whitewater bay, it is expensive ($30 dollars) and there are a lot of other things to do. If you are more of an... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I took the boat tour with Captain Steve and his wildlife spotter. We saw several crocodiles, alligators, waterfowl, and buzzards but even better were the two bald eagles. Captain Steve was very knowledgeable and I feel like I learned quite a bit from him. I definitely feel it was worth my time and money.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

visited the canal which counts both gators and crocs as inhabitants. We took a boat tour up the canal from the marina at Flamingo which was absolutely excellent in viewing and learning about the area as well as the environmental history of the canal. Excellent, informative boat tour and I would highly recommend it to those visiting the area.

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Pensacola, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

The only two times I have seen a wild American Crocodile is the two times I have visited Bottonwood canal. While you can see the canal from the marina or hiking next to it at the bridge, the best way to experience it is getting on it, either boat or kayak. While I have seen good comments form the boaters,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

My wife and I took a mid-March 2013 boat tour from the Flamingo Visitors Center to Coot Bay and learned much about life and living in the Everglades from the indigenous inhabitants to the earliest settlers to the present - including both the human kind and the other kind. The boat captain was full of stories - tall tales and... More 

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Grand Marais, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

If you canoe or kayak, be sure you are careful about touching the vegetation along the shoreline. Some of trees are extremely poisoness. One of the few place you can see crocodiles. Not exactly good for birding.

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Chester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

My husband and I were going to canoe the canal but when we got to Flamingo my back was playing up so we took the boat tour. How glad were we ? The tour is very informative and our guide did a fantastic job pointing out stuff we would never have spotted. And we went a long way further than... More 

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newport beach, ca
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

This is a protected canal with lots of wildlife and easy canoeing. You can't get lost, but watch out for the poisonous machaneel (sp?) trees!

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