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“Lots to see”

Everglades Adventure
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Everglades Adventure Day with Swamp Buggy and Airboat Rides
Ranked #21 of 72 Tours in Fort Myers Beach
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Owner description: Full day tour the Everglades with our naturalist guides. Tours include transportation to and from the Everglades, thrilling airboat ride, alligator exhibits, and much more!! Depart by van from Ft Myers Beach.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Sauk City, Wisconsin, United States
Level 6 Contributor
171 reviews
132 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Lots to see”
Reviewed February 23, 2014

We chose this tour because of the variety of things it offered. We were picked up at a park and ride in Fort Myers by our guide Annie. We first stopped at Brite Marina in Fort Myers beach to board the pontoon ride in Estero Bay. The ride seemed hurried (we were late due to one couple getting lost), but did see a bunch of birds on an island including herons and pelicans. It was hard to hear in the front of the boat whenever Rick the boat tour guide or Annie spoke. Our husbands decided they could have easily skipped this portion of the tour (we took a pontoon ride here with friends the day before , so that could have led to this opinion also).
Next up was the drive to the Everglades. Annie commented the whole time. We did get a lot of history about the area and the people. The ride is about 1 1/2 hours long.
When we got to Ochopee we took an airboat ride with Wootens airboats. The airboat was fun and we saw a ton of alligators on our trip, along with egrets. They commented that we had seen some of the biggest alligators they had seen there.
Next up we went across the street to Wooten's swamp buggy tour. Since we were here in the dry season, our path was well marked. I expected water and mud, but was told that was later in the year. We did see deer and bear tracks in the dirt, along with raccoon. Along our drive we learned about the Seminole Indians, and about herbs and plants. We saw snakes in the tree, which was not expected. We also passed by a pond where we saw a heron and alligators. At the end we got to see 3 manatee in the water.
Lunch was at the Oyster bar. Most of our group had grouper, but all got to taste alligator. Alligator is pretty chewy. The meal was okay, but nothing to write home about. Refills of pop/soda were complementary.
We then headed to Turner Road where we saw many birds and alligators, most bigger than those we had previously seen. By this time we were all getting tired, with a long drive ahead. Our guide Annie was good, but she liked to talk a lot. We could have made due without the environmental/political comments. She also really liked birds, but not all of us are heavy into bird watching, so to us it was a little much.
Next up was the Skunk Ape Research Center where we got to learn about the skunk ape, and also hold a baby alligator, birds, and snakes. The owner is a little quirky, but has the best interests of the animals at heart.
We stopped at a ranger area, where we used the restrooms and took the boardwalk to see the manatees there. Nice stop.

I would recommend this tour as a great way to see the Everglades.

Visited February 2014
1 Thank Sandy O
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English first
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Don't miss this adventure!”
Reviewed February 12, 2014

Our tour guide Phil was outstanding. He truly loves what he does, and it shows! This day long tour included it all, and definitely shouldn't be passed up if you want to experience "a little of this & a little of that" in the everglades!

Visited February 2014
Thank LynnF1974
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Macungie, Pennsylvania
Level 6 Contributor
144 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Great tour”
Reviewed January 23, 2014 via mobile

This was a great tour very enjoyable, informative, and a good deal for everything you get to experience. We started by being picked up at our condo in FMB at 7:40am. We proceed to a marina in FMB where we took a nice pontoon boat ride around Estero bay. We then headed down to the Everglades with our tour guide giving us general information and history about Florida and the area. We arrived at the airboat place, where we took a very enjoyable airboat ride. We then went across the street to take a swamp buggy ride, which was also very nice. After that we then stopped for a nice lunch in Everglades city (lunch was included). After lunch we went for a ride down a dirt road to see wild life such as birds & alligators up close in the wild. After that we went to a small wildlife preserve with snakes, birds, and alligators, with the opportunity to hold all of them. We then headed back to FMB and were dropped off back at our condo around 5:30pm.

2 Thank Brandon Z
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Broadway, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
142 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“As good as it gets”
Reviewed January 10, 2014

We wanted to see as much of the Everglades as we could in a short time (whole day) and this was perfect. Boat ride in Estero bay, then to Ochopee for a super air boat ride, fantastic swamp buggy ride, with a sighting of manatees as the highlight, and then a very leisurely drive to watch many different birds (and alligators) in a small watercourse in the Big Cypress Swamp. Lunch in Everglades City included. All the staff were very professional and well informed.

Visited January 2014
Thank Richardxxxxx
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Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed November 13, 2013 via mobile

Friendly and informed guides, lovely cruise with dolphins literally leaping out of the water much to the surprise of Captain Steve, a bracing Airboat ride, an educational swamp buggy ride with much wildlife guest starring, a delicious meal and an interesting petting zoo of enormous reptiles and remarkably unshy birds. All that and collect & drop to the motel. Sweet.

1 Thank Nigel W
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