We did the full day (8am-5pm) Everglades Day trip. Overall, it was excellent. Our guide Dwight gave us near constant narration about all things Everglades, including the history of the area, the importance of estuaries to wild life, alligators (of course!), birds, snakes. We were entertained and also learned a great deal. The drive from Ft Myers Beach took a little over an hour, but Dwight filled that time with great information. He is like the Steve Irwin (the famed Crocodile Hunter) of the Everglades... seriously. This guy is good. We drove through Big Cypress National Preserve where we got to see PLENTY of alligators (and bugs and birds, and maybe even snakes!) Dwight would often stop the van and we would get out for him to show us something nifty. It was very safe so no worries about that!
We then stopped at a cool place, "Skunk Ape Research Headquarters" where they showed us various rescued exotic animals. Rick was was the caretaker, and he clearly is in his element. The love he has for his animals is obvious. Loved this place.
We also stopped at a tiny, tiny official US Post Office. Kind of a nifty piece of Americana.
As we continued our journey, we drove into Everglades City.. Dwight continued his narrative of the area, including 1000 Islands, and crabbing, and the area founders. We had a delightful lunch.. I am vegetarian and the salad bar was absolutely excellent! But you can also get burgers, fries, or a delicious fish sandwich. After lunch, we spent a short time at an Everglades Museum. That too was interesting.
Onward, we got to ride an airboat at Corey Billie's. This was very thrilling. I would say it was my favorite part of the day, but I would be hardpressed to do so because I loved every part of the day.
BOOK THIS TOUR!! You won't be disappointed. The people are genuine and passionate about their crafts. Just be sure to bring your bug spray and sun screen!
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