Shark Valley Tram Tours
Shark Valley Tram Tours
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Larry D
Tullahoma, TN51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We went to several visitor centers in the Everglades and if you can only go to one location to see the park, this is it. You have an option of walking the tram route (free), bicycling the tram route (fee), and riding the tram (fee). The tram covers 8 miles of road winding through the Everglades on a route to an observation tower. The guide will have the tram stop at various sites along the way primarily to look at alligators and birds. While bicycling or walking you would see the same things, the narration really helps first timers to the park to understand what they are seeing and learn more about the park. The observation tower gives great views of the grasslands of the park and there were large alligators in the man-made pools underneath. The tram then takes a straight 7 mile road back to visitor center. People who were walking seemed to use this road for both directions. When boarding the tram it is best to get in the front car one if possible because it is the tractor and you don't have to breath exhaust. Also, try to get seats on the left side (board after someone else). They want everyone to keep the same seats after visiting the observation tower and all of the wildlife is on the left side of the tram on the return trip due to the waterway that runs along the side of the road. December was a great time to visit as the water levels were low and alligators were in shallow water and out of the water everywhere. I would estimate we saw over 35 alligators and at least three that were over 10 feet long.
Written January 1, 2020
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Dale F
Peoria, AZ45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
The guide talked non stop about the plants and animals. The driver knew exactly where to look and stop to see birds, gators, turtles, etc. I'm sure if you biked the route you would see most of this. But you would never learn what we did from the guide. Well worth it. The combination of the park fee and the tour would be a bit pricey. I already had a national park pass, so the tour fee was more tollerable.
Written February 11, 2020
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Richard C
Coventry, CT38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Tram tour is extremely educational and in depth. We had done several ranger programs at flamingo and big cypress prior to this ride. Much of the info we had gathered in those tours was further elaborated in an excellent fashion by our tour guide Juan. He is an excellent tour guide and seems to love his job. Rickie was our driver and did an excellent job spotting all the wildlife. I am not a bird lover but the birds on this tour are just stunning and unusual. The bike ride to the tower looks like fun too so we are planning on doing that next time now that we know so much about the wildlife and what to look for. FYI the 4pm tour had only about 10 people on it. We had no problem parking in the lot either since we arrived at 3pm. Because the sun was setting we also got to see many of the birds congregating in the trees for the night.
Written January 12, 2020
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Evergreen Expedition
North Bend, WA13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
We enjoyed the tour, but we visited in June and did not see a single alligator. They said that in cooler months like March there are tons of alligators and June is too hot for them - just something to be aware of if you are going in the summer and hoping to see an alligator. However, the tour guides said it’s super crowded when there’s lots of alligators, which makes sense.

You start the tour at the visitor center - note that masks are required in the building as of June 2022. Here you check in for the tour and there is a small store including souvenirs and snacks and drinks for purchase. It says to check in at least 30 minutes ahead of your tour - I’m not sure why… It took about a minute to check in, but then we just explored the visitor center and sat outside and waited for the tour. We bought drinks and brought them on the tour and we were glad we did! There are pit toilets near the visitor center. You can also get your National Park passport stamps here.

The tour goes straight out to the observation tower and we had about 20 minutes to explore before the trip back. It’s an easy, paved walk to the top of the observation tower and a very pretty view from up there! There are also restrooms at this stop. The tram has 5 seats across, which worked well for our family of 4.

Along the way we saw one turtle and several different kinds of birds. They slow the tram down and/or stop so that you can get a good look.

I would recommend bringing water, sunscreen, and bug spray!
Written June 29, 2022
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Jon
Bluffton, IN274 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
The tram operators practice social distancing and they mean it. There is plastic between each row on the tram and also you should be aware that each row seats 5, HOWEVER due to social distancing the only people allowed to sit in that row of 5 are members of your family or party. If you are alone you will have the entire row of 5 to yourself. No one else can sit in your row. My wife and I were the only ones in our row, and as other people tried to sit in our row, they were not allowed to sit in our row. The tour lasts 2 hours but there is a stop at the observation tower about an hour into the tour. So you can exit the tram and visit the tower, and there are restrooms at this stop.

As far as the tour itself, it is certainly worth it. Many other reviews outline what you will see, so I won't repeat what others have already said.
Written April 16, 2021
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Explorer60042537443
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Friends
Great way to cover lots of distance with trained eyes to spot animals and educational information shared at the same time! We took the 930am train on Saturday morning, it was a pleasant temperature and not 100% booked. You get 20 minutes to explore the tower half way through. Our guide had a great sense of humor and passion for the glades. :0) (aka Thelma and Louise) We appreciated the mix of information (plants, birds, invasive species, reptiles, history, etc)
Written December 4, 2021
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globetrotter
Miami Beach, FL48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
Went on a 4 pm tram tour with Shark Valley Tram Tours. It was an excellent experience, thanks to Kristen the driver and Amanda the guide. Kristen had eyes like a hawk and did her best to spot wildlife for us to view, and gave each of us enough time to observe. Amanda knows her stuff, and I learned a lot from her, including the legacy of Marjorie Stoneman Douglas.

A few tips: bring sunglasses, camera, cash for tips, and binoculars if you have. The tour is almost 2 hours, so you might want to bring water too. It doesn't matter where you sit b/c you'll be sitting the same place round-trip and will get views of both sides. For those that get chilly, take a cardigan for the 4 pm tour. I will say the car ride back to Homestead requires (well, should require) slow driving. There were a lot of frogs and snakes trying to cross after hours and I'm sure many don't survive until morning. Please drive slowly and cautiously. I spotted easily 30-40 killed animals in one day due to humans who drive too fast, including 2 river otters. The ranger at Big Cypress told me that 19 of 120 surviving Florida panthers in the past year alone, 16% of the entire population. At that rate of decline, they're toast.

Amanda and Kristen did a great job, and I hope they are well-compensated for their labor of love. I feel so bad I didn't have cash on me for leaving tips, so don't make the same mistake I did. The tour is expensive but was worth it.
Written December 4, 2021
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KatieG
Orlando, FL5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Couples
On our last day of visiting Everglades National Park we decided to see if there was availability on the tram. We were able to get tickets for the tram 2 hours after, so ate lunch and did some of the walks. Taylor was our environmentalist and Mike our spotter/driver and they provided a wonderful grand finale for our Everglades visit. Taylor explained the different ecosystems as we traveled through and, with their help, we spotted mother and baby gators, mature gators, a big crocodile, roseate spoonbills, wood storks, turtles, tons of egrets, herons, ibis, and other beautiful birds. Highly recommend for those really interested in why the Everglades are a World Heritage Site and worth saving. Great for photographers because you are so close to many creatures. We visited March 26, 2021.
Written March 28, 2021
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Tisha L
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
Loved this tour! Saw lots of alligators, even baby alligators! Also, we got to see one of only three crocodiles in the park. Guides did such a good job spotting different birds and sharing the history of the park. This is a must do tour!
Written December 23, 2022
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Sndu
Washington DC, DC133 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
It was awesome. Our Guide, Forest was very good in explaining everything on the route. It is a must see, specially with the kids. We saw lots of alligators. This was way better than the airboat tour we did last year. Although they say to be there 30 min early but be careful. The best park is so busy, that parking lot gets filled very quickly and then they let one car come in as one car leave. We were at the gate 2 hrs early and the line was so long that we barely got in for our train ride. And do buy your tickets ahead of time.
Written January 5, 2020
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