My teenage sons, my mother and myself came down to Miami for a holiday vacation. Being that this was our first trip to Florida, we didn't want to miss a trip to the Everglades. The drive from Miami Beach was about 1.5 hours. We saw a sign for Jungle Erv's as we got into Everglades City. The sign advertised for $20.00 off per person. We decided to book the two hour package which includes one hour for the wilderness tour and one hour through the mangrove tunnels. It cost us $60.00 per person instead of the normal $80.00 per person. We go on the airboat with seven other people and we get zipped around the waterways of the Everglades. The captain stopped once for maybe 5 minutes at most, to tell us a snippet about the mangroves and about the sawgrass. Then we left. We then got off and went to the second leg of this package, the Mangrove tunnels. The captain did make the boat go a bit faster and we did stop for a few minutes along with the other airboats to photo the family of raccoon in the mangrove branches. However, he repeated the same speech (although much shorter) about the mangroves and its vegetation. We essentially paid double for two of the same trips. I would have liked any of the captains to take the time to explain about the amazing ecosystem of the everglades and what types of wildlife are indigenous to the area. I would have also loved to learn about the history of the Everglades as well. Nope, not a chance. Just a well rehearsed speech. I have never felt like such a tourist in my life. The boardwalk is an absolute joke. Its is a board walk with planks that allow you to walk around a parameter. There is nothing to see at all. The Alligator exhibit is a joke. One young guy who has these little alligators inside a fenced space. He hands one to you to hold for a second so you can get a picture in. There is no exhibit or anything.
FOLKS. Please save your money. All these tours are cheesy and not worth it.