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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: Day Trip to Key West with Optional Activities

3. Miami: Day Trip to Key West with Optional Activities

Get ready for fun in the sun on a day trip from Miami to Key West. Choose to take a glass bottom boat cruise through a maze of mangrove-canopied canals and streams, parasail on the coast, ride a conch train, or jump into the water for a snorkeling session above a coral reef with diverse marine life. Start your day on an air-conditioned bus from Miami Beach to Key West with a 4-hour drive. Watch as your tour guide points out the famous 31 Caribbean Islands along the drive known as the Florida Keys. Cross 43 bridges as you travel through the Keys to Key West. See the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico while driving by the coastline. Key West is the most southern point of the USA and only 90 miles from Cuba. Once you arrive in Key West, get 6 hours to explore the island at a leisurely pace, stroll the artistic streets, or relax at outdoor cafes and restaurants. Upgrade your day trip by choosing an option that includes one of the following inclusions: - Hop-on Hop-off Conch Train All-Day Ticket. This 70-minute narrated tour around Key West is one of Florida’s Top attractions, covers over 100 points of interest, and includes 4 Hop-on Hop-off stops around town. - A 3-hour snorkeling adventure at North America’s only living coral reef. Travel on a state-of-the-art Catamaran, receive professional instruction, use top-of-the-line snorkel gear, and enjoy an open bar on the way back (including sodas beer, wine, champagne, margaritas, well-mixed drinks)  - A 2-hour cruise on a glass-bottom boat where you can witness the wonders of North America’s only living coral reef, maybe spotting sea turtles and rays. Fun for all the family, you also get great views of Key West from the sea. - A 12-15 minute parasail off the coast of Key West on a 1-hour parasailing adventure. Enjoy the tropical vibe of the Keys as you are helped into your parasail harness, before being slowly raised in the air, until you are flying high above Key West. Make your way back from Key West to Miami Beach at 5:00 PM.

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: Jet Ski Rental on Biscayne Bay with Pontoon Ride

5. Miami: Jet Ski Rental on Biscayne Bay with Pontoon Ride

Travel aboard a stable pontoon departing from Miami Beach to discover the trendy area from a new perspective. Look out for luxurious homes and diverse marine life as you reach Biscayne Bay. Ride a high-speed jet ski across the quiet Biscayne Bay lagoon and take in amazing city views. Board a pontoon at Miami Beach for a scenic 20-minute ride to your starting point. See the impressive homes of the rich and famous along the way. Once on the lagoon, climb aboard your modern jet ski for a thrilling adventure on the water. Receive a brief riding tutorial before taking off across the tranquil Biscayne Bay. See the striking Miami skyline stretching out in the distance, admire the surrounding skyscrapers, and stay on the lookout for species such as manatees and dolphins.

Miami Combo: Panoramic Bus Tour, Bay Cruise, & Everglades

6. Miami Combo: Panoramic Bus Tour, Bay Cruise, & Everglades

Enjoy this 3-part Miami tour to make sure you catch all the must-sees of this vibrant city. From an airboat ride in the Everglades to a guided city tour of Miami, and a boat cruise of Biscayne Bay, cover many bases on this combo tour.  First, discover the Florida Everglades with its rich wildlife of exotic birds, snakes, fish, and turtles. Enjoy a wildlife show with an opportunity to hold a baby alligator. Then, take an airboat ride along the “River of Grass”. Next, discover the city of Miami, hitting all the major spots such as Wynwood, Miami Beach, and the Art Deco District. See movie stars’ and millionaires’ mansions, and hear stories of love, passion, betrayal, and even murder. Finally, take a sightseeing cruise of Biscayne Bay through the Port of Miami and Fisher Island, passing by the “Millionaire’s Row”, a luxurious stretch of real estate – home to wealthy elite movie stars, politicians, famous sports figures, and business leaders. Get a schedule of departures for each experience when you arrive.

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: 4-Hour Deep Sea Fishing Trip on Biscayne Bay

8. Miami: 4-Hour Deep Sea Fishing Trip on Biscayne Bay

Cruise past Venetian Islands and million-dollar homes on the way to a prime fishing spot off the Florida coast. Join an expert captain on a 4-hour fishing expedition with panoramic views of the Miami Skyline and South Beach as the backdrop. Relax in comfortable chairs on deck as you reel in snappers, kingfish, wahoo, and barracuda. If you're lucky, you may even score a prize tuna or marlin. Whether you're a beginner looking forward to a day on the water or an expert angler eager to wrap your hands around top-of-the-line fishing equipment, this tour is suitable for you. The expert crew will assist with fishing setup and even cleaning so that your catch is ready to cook and serve after the tour.

From Fort Lauderdale: Bahamas Full-Day Trip by Ferry

9. From Fort Lauderdale: Bahamas Full-Day Trip by Ferry

Journey across the sea from Fort Lauderdale to the Bahamas for a tour of the Caribbean sun and sea. Get picked up early from your accommodation in Miami and driven to the ports. From there, spend the day working on your tan or searching out hidden gems in Grand Bahama. Enjoy the scenic ferry ride by taking a seat above deck or by the windows below and checking out the snacks and drinks available in the coffee shop. Find staff at the information booth for tips on activities and attractions on the island so you can plan your time in advance. Upon arrival at Freeport, Grand Bahama, you’ll have around 5 hours to go on some island adventures around beaches, towns, or shops. Discover famous locations like Crystal Beach/Pig Beach to get up close with island wildlife or the historic market in the International Bazaar.In the late afternoon, board your return ferry to Florida and get driven back to your Miami accommodation.

Fort Lauderdale: Flamingo Gardens Entry Ticket

10. 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.

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based on 3,269 reviews

Fantastic airboat ride through the Everglades! Daniel was an amazing guide - he knew all of the best places to see alligators (we saw 8-10 of them up close), and he was knowledgeable in answering our many questions about the Everglades. I went with my husband and adult children - we all loved it and would highly recommend it!

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.

The check-in was easy and the times were convienent. There was a great covered waiting area and alligators to observe while waiting. The boat ride was educational and fun!

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

Wonderful experience. Very interested and interesting guides.