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Full-Day Everglades Naturalist-Led Adventure: Cruise, Hike, and Airboat
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Miami Combo Tour: City Sightseeing, Biscayne Bay Cruise and Everglades Airboat Ride
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Miami Combo Tour: City Sightseeing, Biscayne Bay Cruise and Everglades Airboat Ride

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See Miami and the Everglades on a tour that lets you experience many of southern Florida’s top sites in one day. Get your bearings on a double-decker bus tour of Miami’s downtown, Little Havana, and South Beach; cruise Biscayne Bay on a boat tour; and head to the Everglades National Park to spot crocodiles and alligators on an airboat safari.
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Lori K wrote a review Yesterday
Westchester County, New York9 contributions1 helpful vote
This was my second trip to Shark Valley. It is still beautiful and an amazing ecosystem in action. But... despite what I thought was thorough research online, when we arrived the visitor center was closed and the tram was not running due to COVID restrictions. Definitely call ahead if that is part of your plans. We still enjoyed some short hikes, but we’re not prepared to do all 15-miles of the loop to the observation tower. Despite the season, we still saw an adult alligator and a juvenile as well as many birds.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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rickh57 wrote a review Aug 2020
Portland, Oregon268 contributions74 helpful votes
Shark Valley was interesting. We visited right after a thunder storm, so it was cooler, but still very humid. It would be fun to visit on bicycle sometime in a cooler season.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Eric F wrote a review May 2020
Fort Myers, Florida117 contributions115 helpful votes
I drove to Everglades with my dad and brother, hoping to bike the Shark Valley Road. The night before, I confirmed the park was open. When I arrived the next morning, the park was closed. I checked the website and found that an update had been made that morning for COVID-19 regulations. I was bummed, but I saw an alligator in a small pond right outside of the closed gate. A ranger shooed is away and we had to leave. We did some hiking in nearby Big Cypress National Preserve and other places. I really enjoyed my time and found many gators, birds, and snakes. My favorite sights were watching herons and wood storks fishing. Overall, I enjoyed my time around the park. Note: the park is now open.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Kim C wrote a review Mar 2020
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We debated bike vs tram and opted for bikes. The first seven miles is the best part of the adventure. We saw a lot of alligators and beautiful birds. We debated the 8.5 loop back vs a repeat of the seven mile stretch. Take the seven mile route back as there was so much more to see on that section of the trip. If you are going to walk - start out on the seven mile side - we saw alligators immediately on this side vs a good 3 miles from the visitor section on the 8.5 loop side. Bring water and sunscreen with you. Enjoy the adventure.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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ChiefGuru wrote a review Mar 2020
Decatur, Indiana3,453 contributions279 helpful votes
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The name Shark Valley comes from the area in the Gulf of Mexico known as Shark River, where all the water in the Everglades flows. Despite the name, you will not find any sharks here, but you will see many alligators. Shark Valley is one of several visitor centers from which you can tour the everglades. It is located 30 miles west of Miami off the Tamiami Trail (U.S. Highway 41 or SW 8th Street), in the very heart of the Everglades freshwater marsh. Parking at Shark Valley can be tricky. If you are early enough or lucky enough, you will be able to drive into the park and use the lot adjacent to the visitor center. However, if you are like us, you will have the opportunity to park along Highway 41 at the road (Shark Valley Loop Road) leading into the park and hike in. The walk is not bad just 0.4 miles. The visitor complex has information for guests, maps, gifts, exhibits, food, drinks, restrooms, trails as well as bike rentals and tram tour bookings. An easy walk from the visitor complex is along the Bobcat Boardwalk trail. To reach this, from the back of the visitor center, take the left path (i.e. East Road) a hundred yards or so and the trail is on your right. You can take this short trail through to the West Road, turn right and loop back to the visitor center. Along this trail, you will be able to get a closer look at the Everglades vegetation as well as the birds, reptiles and fish of the park. We did not happen to see any alligators or mammals this close to the visitor center. The main trail, however, is fifteen (15) miles long. This extends out the very windy East Road about eight miles to a 65 foot high observation tower. From the tower, you will get spectacular panoramic views of the sawgrass marsh that have remained undeveloped and unchanged for centuries. When done at the observation tower, you return to the visitor center via the dead straight West Road (~7 miles). The two ambitious individuals in our group rented bicycles and road the 15 mile trail stopping to take pics along the way. The other three of us elected to take the tram, which was a two hour guided tour lead by a park ranger. I highly recommend the tram tour. The ranger talks to the tour group non-stop for the full two hours. He shares a comprehensive history of the everglades as well as Shark Valley specifically. Additionally, he and his assistant (the tram driver) help point out all of the wildlife sharing the identity and some facts about each. Further, they point out the various different types of vegetation and the purpose each serves in the park. Sharing notes with the bike riders at the end of our day, we on the tram were able to see many more alligators and other wild life (birds, turtles, fish) than they had noticed biking. We also had much more knowledge of the everglades, based upon what the ranger had shared. If you want to take the tram ride, book a spot as you reach the park. The tours book up very quickly. We actually had to wait ~two hours for our tour, as this was the first one with available seats. The plus side was that the two riders got bikes right away and started their 15 mile trip while we were waiting. The Everglades is a natural wonder. We learned during our tour that it is the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States. Specifically, the everglades covers 1.5 million acres of wetlands. Surprising to us was hearing that the everglades is literally a grassy slow (but always) moving river, in other words it is actually a huge drainage basin that ultimately passes all of its water into the Gulf of Mexico. Marjory Stoneman Douglas described this area in her 1947 book titled "The Everglades: River of Grass." In the wet season, water from Lake Okeechobee forms a slow-moving river 60 miles wide and over 100 miles long, flowing southward across a limestone shelf to Florida Bay at the southern end of the state. During the tour, you will see pieces of the limestone that were blasted from the Everglades to build the roads, leaving behind basins or ponds (i.e. good spots to see alligators and other animals). It's vegetation is is made up of coastal mangroves, sawgrass marshes and pine flatwoods. The ecosystem the Everglades forms is not presently found anywhere else on earth. The Everglades is the third largest national park in the continental USA, following Death Valley in California (~3.4 million acres) and Yellowstone in Wyoming, Montana & Idaho (~2.2 million acres). However, if the national parks include those found in Alaska, the Everglades drops from third place to tenth place. Yes, national parks in Alaska like Wrangell - St. Elias (~8.3 million acres), Gates of the Arctic (~7.4 million acres) and Denali (~4.7 million acres) set a new standard definition for huge. The Everglades is definitely a fantastic, spectacular place to be seen by adults and children alike.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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