Miami: 2-Day Trip to Everglades Park & Sanibel IslandProduct ID: 59952
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- Take an airboat ride through the Florida Everglades
- Stroll through the charming town and beaches of Sanibel Island
- Hunt for bargains and brand names at the outlet mall
Leave Miami and head northwest for 2 days to experience the unique Florida wetlands, swamps, wildlife nature and sunshine. Head into Alligator Alley, the only road that connects southeastern Florida to the west coast of Florida. The first stop is Billie Swamp Safari (or similar) on the Big Cyprus Seminole Indian Reservation.
The visit starts with an airboat ride. Explore the “River of Grass” on the airboat ride trail and experience the natural wonders of the Florida Everglades. See fish, snakes, turtles, alligators and more in their natural environment. Trained guides will show you how nature has persevered in fashioning one of the world’s most intriguing environments.
After the ride, stroll around the grounds and enjoy everything the park has to offer, including bird and reptile exhibits, alligator pits and African spurred tortoises. Meet Liberty, the resident Florida panther or take a walk for about a quarter mile along the boardwalk nature trail, deep into the swamp under the cypress domes.
Continue west toward the town of Bonita Springs and break for lunch (not included). Head to Sanibel Island, where you can enjoy some free time to stroll through this slice of paradise, or lay out on the beach before embarking upon a sunset cruise. Experience the breathtaking sunset over the Gulf of Mexico, before spending the night at Fort Myers Beach – La Quinta Inn & Suites.
Day 2: Fort Myers Beach — Ford Edison Estates — Wildlife Tour — Outlet Shopping
Start the day with a visit to the estates of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. Led by enthusiastic site historians and docents, the tour includes the Edison compound, the Ford Estate and the Edison Botanic Research Lab. Get the inside scoop about the great inventors and their families. See the historic 1929 influence, evident throughout the property, particularly at the award-winning Moonlight Garden.
Continue north to Babcock Wilderness Adventures and come face to face with wildlife in an old Florida setting. Embark on the “Babcock Wilderness Adventure Tour,” a narrated tour through a working cattle ranch and 4 Florida ecosystems. Get up close and personal with local wildlife, hear the history of the ranch and watch your guide identify the wildlife and ecosystems.
After your tour, head back through Alligator Alley to Miami, stopping along the way at an outlet mall (Sawgrass Mills or similar) for some bargain hunting.
- Transportation by air-conditioned bus or van
- Professional tour guide
- Entrance to Billie’s Swamp Safari and Babcock Wilderness Adventures
- Sunset cruise on the Gulf of Mexico
- Entrance to the Ford/Edison Museum
- Overnight hotel accommodation
- Personal purchases
Bayside - Miami's Visitor center. 401 Biscayne Blvd in front of the Guess store at 07:30. Or South beach - Lincoln Road. Lincoln Road corner of Washington Avenue at 07:00. (Open in Google Maps)
Product ID: 59952