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“Overpriced and disappointing!”

Everglades Excursions
Ranked #18 of 134 Tours in Naples
Certificate of Excellence
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Wyckoff
Level 5 Contributor
61 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Overpriced and disappointing!”
Reviewed March 8, 2013

My husband and I recently took the 1/2 day Everglades Excursion tour. The ride out to the Everlglades was just a "miles long" ride in a rattling van on a bleak highway which ended with a short (10 minutes) stay at a roadside where you could get a glimpse at some alligators laying along the swamp. Then Dave drove us to the Airboats, where the driver took us on a "thrilling" ride through muddy swamps where we saw nothing but raccoons and muddy water, Totally overpriced for what the tour entailed. Glad we didn't go for the Full day Tour.

Visited March 2013
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RsmithTrolley, General Manager at Everglades Excursions, responded to this review, March 11, 2013
We are sorry you didn't enjoy the tour, by reading our reviews and seeing that the vast majority of our reviews are 5 star, I am sorry you didn't get the same experience as everyone else. Our tour is SO much more than how it was described in your review. I would encourage others to read the great reviews to get an idea of what it really is like.
Thank you,
Randy Smith
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Andover, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“A Limey,s day in the Everglades”
Reviewed February 26, 2013

This was an excellent full day out including lunch and all attractions and well worth the money. Kenny Hill our guide was full of local knowledge and did not fail to answer any questions hurled at him.. He kept us entertained when travelling between stops/attractions and went out of his way on occasions to try to make sure that we saw as much as possible. Although toilets etc were not provided on the bus we stopped regularly. We were able to leave bags etc securely on the bus whilst we were partaking in the activities which did require a fair degree of a mobility.

Visited February 2013
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
Level 6 Contributor
100 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Worth every penny, a must do attraction!”
Reviewed February 20, 2013

My girlfriend and I came to Florida first week of March 2012. This place started out on the bad side. We arrived where the tour departs 20 minutes prior to departure, and waited an extra 45 minutes after our supposed departure time. So we hit the road eventually. Hopped in a full size Ford transportation van. Luckily my girlfriend and I were sitting right below the only functioning vent in it, otherwise we would have been pretty hot.

So the tour took us out of Naples down the Tamiami route through the Everglades. As we left Naples our guide (cant remember his name, sorry...older gentleman) was VERY informative on everything from the history of first settlers, big named people that helped make florida what it is today, the eco system, EVERYTHING......HE WAS AMAZING....

As we head through the Tamiami we occasional seen gators out in the grass 20-40 feet from the road.

Non stop knowledge as we traveled to the airboat ride out towards Ochopee, it was great.

We arrived at the airboat place. I held a 3 year old aligator, which was pretty cool. We boarded the boat with a different guide (sorry dont remember his name)......HE WAS AMAZING. He was very informative with the Everglades. We cruised around for roughly an hour or so . He would go as fast as that boat could go at times and get us so close to over hanging trees you would think your going to hit them...it was a fun rush.

Towards the end of the airboat ride we stopped in an area where a gator was seen. So while we waited for it to surface, our guide starts calling for a RACCOON. Wouldnt you know, a raccoon comes on out to drink out of a water bottle! I got to hold the bottle while it drank. Cool different experience.

Then the gator came out for us to see, it was pretty big ...roughly 8 or 9 feet. Our guide reached out and grabbed it from under the chin and pulled its head out of the water for us....crazyyyyy guy!

We then went back to the dock, and seen a manitee for a split second right next to the boat.

Got off the boat and we headed back to the Tamiami. Our guide from Naples then drove us to a side road and it was gators galore!!! We got out and took some pictures and then drove back to Naples. All again gaining more knowledge about the Everglades and Florida.

Great experience, I will do this many more times to come....tour was about 4 hours...i think they have a 8 hour tour as well.

Visited March 2012
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Canada
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
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“Great tour of the Everglades with Kenny Hill”
Reviewed February 18, 2013

Our all day tour of the everglades was a terrific day made even better by our tour guide Kenny Hill.
Kenny shared a weath of Knowledge about the history of the area and of the flora and the fauna of the everglades. I especially enjoyed his information on the "Totch" Brown Family prior to the airboat segement of our trip with "Totch airboats". The airboat ride was great, I loved seeing the racoons in the everglades and the manatee. I also liked that Kenny made sure we all picked up free information on the Everglades and Big Cypress area.
The boat trip out to the Gulf gave us wonderful photo opportunties of several playful dolphins and of the Thousand Islands etc...and then Kenny took us to an area where several alligators were sunning themselves on the banks of a river. Again another great photo oppurtunity for all on the Tour.
Our day began at 8:15am when we left Naples and we returned at approx 5:30 pm. It was a packed day , very informative and enjoyable. Lunch was included in our all day Tour and was at a wonderful quaint restaurant in the Everglades(full of historic photos and items) and I even enjoyed the "alligator bites"!

Visited February 2013
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Boise
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Great tour guide, Kenny Hill”
Reviewed February 17, 2013

Certainly enjoyed the all day tour of the Everglades, Kenny made it worth the trip with his wealth of knowledge and sense of humor. He even stopped to save a turtle crossing the highway. He
is very safety oriented with all the public wanting a closer look at the gators. The airboat tour was a bit of a disappointment, too commercialized and uneventful. Lunch was awesome and had a very good hostess, Kenny. Thanks again so glad we made the trip

Visited February 2013
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