Key West: Day Trip from Fort Lauderdale w/ Activity Options
- Duration options: 1 - 14 hours
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-Everglades Holiday Park, The park is currently under construction so it felt a little Tiger Kingy like when we arrived, but everything was very professional when you got a closer look -Airboat Ride, we had a great guide that spotted multiple gators for us and informed us about everything, he circled back so both sides of the boat saw the wildlife multiple times. Some other boats just sped along though, so your luck really just depends on your guide. -Gator show, was a little rushed. Only like 10 minutes long, only 2 tricks performed but pretty informative. -Bus, Our instructions said to meet at Soundscape park, so we took an Uber from Bayside Marketplace to Soundscape, only to be informed we were picking up the other half of our group from Bayside Marketplace. That wasn't an option when we booked our tour. The bus was cold like all the other reviews say. I'm pretty sure our bus driver left people behind since they weren't back to the bus in time. So pay attention to the time.
After a false start when the bus doors would not shut and a long delay without any communication from the tour operators and we were left in limbo we eventually changed bus much to the annoyance of the travellers on the second bus who were required to get off so that those on the first bus could get on and start our tour (first come first served) we then started our tour which turned out to be a drive to the Everglades park a 30 minute airboat ride which was enjoyable followed by a 15 minute alligator show which was not very active followed by a drive back to South Beach. So an apparent 4 hour tour was cut short by nearly an hour because of the problems with the bus
The tour itself was good, the bus was on time, etc. but the bus was a little bit older which wasn’t a problem for me, it was just a little bit annoying that water from the air condition dropped on some of the seats and the I couldn’t really understand the bus driver over the microphone, no sure if that was fault the bus or if the driver was mumbling... But all in all everything was good.
This was an excellent trip. The guide took time to explain many details about the Everglades including local history and current environmental concerns. We were able to see many birds and alligators whilst on the air boat. The only downside, was that the map showed the bus pick up point as about 100m from the actual stop which caused some confusion for ourselves and the other guests.
The driver was friendly and gave a great talk about the history of the region on the drive to the Alligator Safari. The time at the safari park was super rushed with barely enough time to go to the washroom, jump on the 20 minute airboat ride, stand in line to get a picture with a baby alligator before having to jump back on the bus. No time to look at the rest of the park.