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Everglades National Park: Airboat Tour and Wildlife Show

1. Everglades National Park: Airboat Tour and Wildlife Show

Discover the Everglades National Park, a diverse landscape providing crucial habitats for numerous rare and endangered species. Take an airboat ride, and view alligators, turtles, and even the elusive Florida panther.  After paying the park admission fee, immerse yourself in swampland often referred to as the River of Grass. The park known as such because of the endless prairies of sawgrass that rise three to ten feet above the surface of the water. Encounter lush vegetation of the Everglades which also includes mangroves, cypress, palms, pines, and hardwood hammocks (small islands). The sawgrass is often so dense that travel is only possible through natural water passages. Ride on an airboat, which is designed to operate well in shallow water and marshlands. Propelled by an aircraft-type propeller and powered by either an aircraft or automotive engine, have a fast and fun journey. Complete your visit with a wildlife and alligator show. Get up close with these remarkable creatures in their natural habitat.

Miami: Everglades Airboat Ride, Wildlife Show & Bus Transfer

2. Miami: Everglades Airboat Ride, Wildlife Show & Bus Transfer

Set off on a guided trip from Miami to discover Florida’s wildlife. Enter Everglades Holiday Park to enjoy a 45-minute airboat ride and an educational wildlife show. Benefit from skip-the-ticket-line entry and receive a free photo of your group. Head to the airboat to begin your guided cruise through the Everglades. Keep watch for native wildlife as your experienced guide will point out alligators, soft-shelled turtles, and birds in their natural habitat.  Next, see a wildlife show and get up close with alligators. Learn how these reptiles — who were once nearly hunted to extinction — made a dramatic recovery in numbers. Even take a photo with a baby alligator at the end of the show.  Board the bus to return to Miami.

Miami: Duck Tour of Miami and South Beach

3. Miami: Duck Tour of Miami and South Beach

Discover Miami Beach on an amphibious vehicle. Tour South Beach and admire highlights, including the Art Deco district and Millionaires Row with a live guide before splashing into Biscayne Bay for views of the skyline. Explore the heart of South Beach and see Miami’s most iconic landmarks. Learn about the city with entertaining commentary from your guide. Pass through the Art Deco district of South Beach and admire the brightly colored buildings and unique architecture. Then, make a dramatic splashdown into Biscayne Bay for a unique look at the shoreline of this sparkling city. Take in the views of Fisher Island, and Millionaire's Row, and marvel at the homes of the rich and famous who call Miami home.

Zoo Miami: General Admission Ticket

4. Zoo Miami: General Admission Ticket

Zoo Miami is the ideal place for an individual, a couple, or an entire family to spend a day. As a matter of fact, visitors can travel the world in one day! They will visit Africa, Asia, the Amazon, and Australia. Zoo Miami consists of 340 developed acres with more than 3,000 animals and over 1,200 plants and trees planted in such a way as to mimic the animals’ natural habitats. Guests will be able to have animal encounters, meet the keepers during scheduled Meet the Zookeeper talks throughout the day, and much more. They will enjoy jaguars, lions, tigers, orangutans, elephants, the Wings of Asia Aviary (the largest Asian-themed aviary in the western hemisphere with hundreds of free-flying birds), gorillas, chimps, koalas, tree kangaroos, frogs, snakes, meerkats, and more animals than could be listed. At the Amazon and Beyond exhibit, you will experience a rainforest with jaguars, anacondas, bats, venomous snakes (behind glass exhibits, of course), rare frogs, harpy eagles, and a 48,000-gallon aquarium. Be sure to visit our newest exhibit Florida: Mission Everglades! Here you’ll have the opportunity to come face-to-face with some of the incredible animals that call Florida home. You’ll be sure to see alligators, crocodiles, a bald eagle, and river otters! You may even have a chance to ride an “airboat” on the Lostman’s River (for an additional fee)! Upgrade your visit with a lunch basket with fries. Choose between a burger, chicken tenders, deli wrap, hot dog, BBQ pulled pork, or handcrafted salad. Get a souvenir cup with a fountain drink and a 10% discount on gifts from the shop with this option. And the Playworld Playground is a great place for kids to burn off some of that excess energy. Half jungle, half water park, they can stay dry or wet. Zoo Miami has food and drink concession stands throughout and a beautiful gift shop where you can buy that special memento that will bring back wonderful memories of Zoo Miami!

Miami: Museum of Illusions Ticket

5. Miami: Museum of Illusions Ticket

Take a break from the real world and step into the Museum of Illusions. Visit any of the 40+ exhibitions designed to confuse the senses with 3D optical illusions. Have fun with the family in a creative and interactive space. Witness over 40 3D illusions during your outing at the Museum of Illusions. Be in awe of eye-popping pics inspired by cartoons, art, current events, movies, and much more. Fly on the magic carpet, walk on the edge of a skyscraper, and even survive a perilous journey over the lava bridge. Allow your imagination to run free in the vast expanse of the Infinity room. Defy the laws of gravity in the Reverse Room and even shrink to miniature size in the Ames Room. Enjoy an adventure that is perfect for people of all ages and be sure to grab some truly unique instagram photos in any of the exhibition rooms.

Everglades: Sawgrass Park Day Time Airboat Tour & Exhibits

6. Everglades: Sawgrass Park Day Time Airboat Tour & Exhibits

Embark on a real adventure with an airboat tour of the Florida Everglades and entry to the alligator and reptile exhibit. Explore this fascinating natural wonder, hear the history of the Seminole people, and learn about the wildlife you sport from your captain. Board your airboat and glide out into the Everglades. As you cruise, listen to fascinating historical and ecological facts from your captain. Listen to tales of how the Native American Seminole people and panthers once coexisted in this lush wilderness. Keep an eye out for rare and endangered wildlife as you skim across the glassy water, through grassy rivers, and over the tropical marsh. After your airboat tour, head into the alligator and reptile exhibit. Get up close to a baby alligator and touch its unique skin and learn about these formidable predators.

Miami: The Miami Seaquarium Park Admission Ticket

7. Miami: The Miami Seaquarium Park Admission Ticket

Discover the magic of sea creatures like turtles, dolphins, and penguins with this ticket to the Miami Seaquarium. Explore s 38-acre tropical paradise where you can sea and learn about animals like pink flamingos and bamboo sharks. Experience the thrill of watching dolphin acrobatics at a live show. View a 750,000-gallon saltwater aquarium teeming with reef fishes of every size and color. See the manatees that are featured as part of the rescue and rehabilitation program. Learn about the challenges that manatees and endangered sea turtles face in the Conservation Outpost. Get up close to some marine life in one of the touch pools. Feed and feel the gentle glide of sting rays at the Sting Ray Exhibit. Take a break and let the kids enjoy Sharky’s Playground Island. Make sure you visit the seals and sea lions to watch these playful sea dogs.

Miami: Sightseeing Speedboat Tour

8. Miami: Sightseeing Speedboat Tour

Hop aboard a power catamaran and embark on a 45-minute off-shore adventure that provides an ultimate sightseeing experience in true "Miami Vice" style. Capture views of Miami and its spectacular skyline in comfort and safety, from the plush seating of a luxurious boat. Cruise along the Miami Coastline, passing by celebrities’ multi-million dollar mansions on Star Island, Fisher Island, and Miami Beach. Take some time to appreciate the Art Deco district of South Beach from the speedboat's unique perspective in the Atlantic Ocean. Cruise around on Miami's only boat that ventures into the ocean. Open 365 days a year, the speedboat departs daily from Bayside Marketplace from 11:00 AM until sunset: every hour on weekdays, and every 30 minutes on weekends and holidays.

Fort Lauderdale: Flamingo Gardens Entry Ticket

9. Fort Lauderdale: Flamingo Gardens Entry Ticket

Experience a taste of tropical Florida as soon as you enter Flamingo Gardens with a jungle of tropical trees, plants, and over 1,000 orchids. Enjoy a wildlife encounter show presented three times a day, watch playful river otters, and meet some of the animals protected by the sanctuary, such as Josh, a native black bear. Take a narrated 30-minute tram tour through the back 50 acres and experience three different ecosystems, as well as the largest cycad collection in the United States. Stay on the tram the entire time or disembark to discover the Wetlands, the Cycad Garden, the Native Plant Walkway, the Wildflower Garden or the Mango Grove. Visit the Birds of Prey Center, and walk through a half-acre aviary with over 250 wetland birds native to Florida. Step into the past in the historic Wray Home Museum, built in 1933, and stop in the gallery for different shows and exhibits. Tour guides are always present to help you get a taste of old Florida history. In the summer of 2020 — from June 6 until September 13, 2020 — see the award-winning “Nature Connects” exhibit created with over 1.6 million LEGO pieces. The summer of 2021 will host David Rogers' Big Bugs exhibit, a must-see for lovers or art and nature.

North Miami: Paddleboard or Kayak Island and Animal Tour

10. North Miami: Paddleboard or Kayak Island and Animal Tour

Explore Osprey Triangle Nature Preserve with a guide and a group. Choose to kayak or paddleboard through the mangrove jungle. See the biodiversity of the area while watching out for its various animal and plant species. Join your guide and fellow group members at the end of Bay Vista Blvd., right next to FIU Biscayne Bay campus for a brief meet and greet. Receive instructions from the guide if needed on how to paddle and be safe during the activity. Head towards the middle of Oleta river state park, where you will be able to choose between a stand-up paddle or a kayak to paddle your way through a lush mangrove jungle in the middle of Florida’s largest urban park. Wind your way through the narrow canals and be on the lookout for all different types of wildlife including manatees, iguanas, birds, crabs, fish, raccoons, and possibly dolphins. Experience the natural wonders of the area for a couple of hours before heading over to a small island where you can relax, swim and enjoy a delicious fresh fruit snack & drinks, including grapes, strawberries, watermelon, cantaloupe, bananas, beer, wine, and water. Head back to shore at the end of the tour, where you are also welcome to explore more of the park and do its trails & hikes, enjoy a picnic, snorkel or do any other activities.

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What people are saying about Miami

The package offered was reasonably price. The bus was simple to find and the ride was comfortable the operator of the boat was well versed and we actually seen a lot of wildlife and an alligator as well.

2 hours of the surfing lesson and I was able to kinda stand on the board (never did it before). A lot of fun! Instructor was very helpful and friendly!!!

Fun! I wish it had more science, but it was for a delightful mass audience and fun and very well organized anyway.

this is my 2nd ride in 4 months. i enjoyed both and gets better based on the diversity of the guide.

Wonderful experience. Very interested and interesting guides.