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Address: Everglades National Park, FL
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This manmade waterway is part of Everglades National Park.

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Backcountry boat tour

We took this boat tour to see the mangroves and learn a bit about the environment. We really enjoyed captain Steve's narration - although obviously scripted it provided good... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Elsa B
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

▪️Recommend? Light yes ▪️Location and parking: About 40 miles from the park entrance and a lot of easy parking. ▪️Tour booking: In the gift shop ▪️Boat guide service: Positive, knowledgable NPS concessionaire. The guide knew the area and the history and told it well. ▪️What we saw: Mangroves and other trees, one croc and many birds. Wildlife viewing was disappointing.... More 

Thank packcal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We took this boat tour to see the mangroves and learn a bit about the environment. We really enjoyed captain Steve's narration - although obviously scripted it provided good overview of the surrounds and interesting facts. I would recommend this tour to anybody who would like to get a good overview of the surroundings and cover quite a lot of... More 

Thank Elsa B
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
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 

2 Thank winindc
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
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 

Thank Marybeth D
Miami, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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 

Thank fcandara
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
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.

1 Thank nank59
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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.

1 Thank Eye-on-ocean
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 

2 Thank Grover R
Potsdam, New York
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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 

2 Thank GeezersOnTheGo-123
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.

2 Thank Mr_PeteBurnsville

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