I wanted to see the Everglades from the water. I started with the Gulf Coast Visitor Center in Everglades City. In addition to displays and trails you can also take an hour and half boat tour of the 10,000 Islands. The tour costs $32 and the crew was very knowledgeable and very entertaining. The boat includes open areas and places to stay out of the sun. There were several other photographers on board and there was plenty of room for all of us. We saw dolphins, manatees and sea turtles as well as lots of birds. The boat is big and we stayed in the main channel so all photo ops were from a distance.
I didn't get as many pictures from this cruise as I did the other two but it was still well worth the money and time. I really enjoyed the crew and learned some interesting things. President Harry Truman dedicated the Everglades National Park from the runway of the Everglades Airport on December 6, 1947. I did travel during the middle of the day and I'm sure I would have seen more if I had been there for the early morning cruise.