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“A great tram ride through the Everglades provided by a botanist!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Shark Valley Tram Tours

Shark Valley Tram Tours
36000 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33194 (Allapattah)
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Minneapolis, MN
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“A great tram ride through the Everglades provided by a botanist!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

We took a 2 hour tram ride provided by Eric & Katie! Katie is a retired botanist and her husband Eric also very knowledgeable about the flora and fauna in the Everglades. A great relaxing adventure where we saw juvenile alligators, turtles, red shouldered hawks, and lots of flowers and plants. This is a terrific way to support the national park service, learn something and relax. Try it. It is not a far drive from Miami, or stop there on your way to Naples!

Visited August 2013
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“Wonderful and Informative Tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

If you are visiting the Everglades, or passing through the area, I would highly recommend this tour. As many of the reviewers have said, the guides for these tours are incredible; very knowledgeable of the history of the Everglades, the ecology, and the local fauna. Over the course of the two-hour tour you will learn all about how the Everglades came to be, how they are currently threatened, and what’s being done to alleviate threats to the delicate ecosystem. You’ll also see a tremendous amount of alligators, as well as many types of herons, ibis, and egrets. The trams are covered which is an added bonus considering that it’s hard to find shade in the Everglades, and at least on the day I was there strong wind wiped through the tram, making the humidity easily bearable. It is possible to bike the Shark Valley loop, but I’d definitely go with the Tram – there’s a lot to learn about this National Park, and you’ll want to be able to view the surroundings rather than concentrate on not steering your bike into an alligator hole.

Visited April 2013
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“Great two hour experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013 via mobile

The Shark Valley tram tour was a great two hour experience. A guide shows you the 15 mile park road and he will also tell you a lot about the animals, nature and much more. During our tour we've seen a lot of different birds, wildflowers, turtles and off course alligators!

Visited June 2013
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“Everglades experience best ever with Shark Valley Tram Tours”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

Shark Valley Tram Tours in the north part of the Everglades in south Florida is a great way to see wild life and the marshy terrain that make this part of the world so unique and special. We made a 9:30 reservation and practically had a private tour. Our guide and tram driver were very knowledgeable full of stories and interesting information. They were alert to anything they could show us and there was plenty to see and experience.

We saw a mom alligator with several baby alligators swimming under her watchful eye. We saw a male alligator swell up in size trying to (and did) look big to protect his territory. He showed his broken teeth and opened his mouth for a great picture! We saw birds feeding their young with the young birds sticking their heads down their mom's throat (ouch!). And a large snake crossed the road In front of us pausing to have his picture taken and we obliged. The raised platform at the end of the tram trail gave a great sweeping view of the Everglades.

The tram tour was well worth the price and going in the early morning tour is something I would recommend. There was some construction on Highway 41 to get to Shark Valley, so plan accordingly.

Visited April 2013
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“GATORS! Gators on the path!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

We didn't expect much of this entrance-to-the-Glades tram tour because of the crowds (we were in line to get into the parking area for almost an hour -- on a weekday!) and because its run by the government. But OMG! THIS was a peak experience.

We took the tram around mid-day. It was hot! Our guide and his wife, our driver, were knowledgeable and friendly and deeply committed to showing us the sights and the animals. We saw dozens of gators during the tram tour-- big ones, babies, even some with mouths open. Couldn't have been more interesting. Or so we thought...

When we stopped at the observation Tower, husband and I were hot and decided to walk the path into the hammock, instead of climb the tower. It was a gorgeous walk -- and even a bit more than gorgeous. We walked a winding shady course, bounded on both sides by a lagoon full of water lilies and alligators. Yep. Gators, hundreds of them, all stacked up next to and on top of each other, mosying about the lagoon, and resting on the banks. We walked in deep, intending to complete the circle of the path. But, as we rounded a bend, we drew up against two mammoth gators lying nose to tail across the full width of our path!

Yes, we briefly discussed leaping over them. That is how husband's mind works. But not mine. Instead, we stood transfixed, like statues, no more than five feet from the pair. They blinked a lot but gave no other acknowledgement of the fact of us. After about 8 minutes, their even-bigger brother glided from mid-lagoon to the edge of our path and prepared to make land and join them. You will understand that we did not turn our backs as we retreated back the way we came.

If you are the type of person who is thinking about going to the Everglades, you already know what a bucket-list thrill this experience was for us. When we rejoined our tram group and reported the experience with "our" gators, even our guide was astounded. In the heat of the day, gators are almost always stretched out in the water. Ours were up on our path, at least 20 feet from the edge of the lagoon. And in the shade! As our guide said: "They know better than that!"

We loved the Shark Valley Tram Tour.

When you reach the Tower stop, take the hammock path instead. It's on your left, just past the first big lagoon-viewing area, before you plow forward toward the Tower. Keep your eyes open, and your wits about you! And say hey to my gators!

Visited April 2013
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