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“Inspiring experience”

Tour the Glades - Private Wildlife Tours
Ranked #1 of 34 Tours in Everglades City
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Tour The Glades is the Only exclusively Private tour operator in the Everglades! Quality instead of quantity is our goal...which means our guests receive 100% of our attention. We can only do one (maybe two) trips per day which makes each one very special. This approach is better for the environment and hands down the best way to explore the Everglades....just you and your own personal guide. We provide tours year round and all excursions are led by Native Naturalist Guides that provide EVERYTHING you'll need. Fresh seasonal fruit, cold bottled water and all the necessities are included. You won't need to purchase any additional items because we've thought of everything! We are priced the same as the group tour companies but only do Private Tours because Private is Best. You are our #1 priority.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Toronto, Canada
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5 reviews
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“Inspiring experience”
Reviewed June 28, 2013

We booked two trips with Tod, an early morning (~7am) hike and sunset kayaking. As is detailed in the other reviews, Tod is very pleasant and easy to get along with. We enjoyed our trip immensely. Tod spoke when necessary, and kept quiet at other times. He certainly was knowledgeable, and when he didn't know something he wasn't afraid to say so.

Tod was respectful of the environment and enthusiastic about his work. This was important to us as our two kids are school-aged and have been learning much about these things at school. They both got along with Tod and learned a lot during the outings.

Both trips were excellent and highly recommended. But if you have to choose one, I would recommend the (evening) kayak. It is a magical experience that city dwellers like us will never likely encounter. Tod has various arrangements to suit different paddling configurations. In our case, my daughter rode with Tod, my wife and I in another and my son paddled alone. Despite the fact that we are novices, we felt safe at all times and were very moved by all that we saw.

We've since communicated with Tod a few times after the trip, exchanging photos and getting assistance with geotagging photos. He is the rare person who enjoys and is passionate about his work. Highly recommended!

Visited March 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Amazing private tour”
Reviewed June 25, 2013 via mobile

I'm writing this review from the Everglades, having just got back from our private tour through the Fakahatchee strand with our guide Todd. His daughter accompanied us on the trip and spotted our first Gator just minutes into our hike. We actually saw 4 Gators crossing the path in front of us throughout the hike, and a huge adult male on the way back cooling off in the water and waiting for passing fish for breakfast! An abundance of wildlife throughout the hike including a Cottonmouth snake which was a really exciting find. Highly recommend this private tour. Todd was great, Thank you!

Visited June 2013
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Berkeley, California
1 review
“Great kayak trip”
Reviewed June 17, 2013

We found Tod through trip advisor and were very pleased with our kayak trip. He took great care of us, giving us tips on places to eat and visit. He's an interesting and informed tour guide who was also patient with the slower members of our group. I would definitely call him again if I return to the area.

Visited May 2013
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Spring, Texas, United States
1 review
“Hike and Kayak Tour”
Reviewed June 16, 2013

Booked Tod for a morning hike and a sunset kayak tour. Had a good time hiking in the Everglades. Saw hawks and Tod was able to call in a Barred owl. Was nice to see an owl in its natural habitat. Tod was very knowledgeable about all the plants and animals on both the hike and kayak tour. Would definitely book with him again.

Visited April 2013
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Staten Island
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“A fantastic trip”
Reviewed June 8, 2013

My wife and I had a wonderful day kayaking through the glades with Tod. We saw several gators, crabs and a lot of beautiful birds, including a newly hatched baby bird. I highly recommend this trip to anyone who wants to see the beauty of the glades like no other way possible.

Visited June 2013
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