Discover Florida’s Wild Side on an Everglades Day Safari | Roseate Spoonbills Everglades Day Safari a Must Do Fort Myers, Florida day trip.

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The Everglades National Park is as synonymous to the southwest of Florida as Disney World is to Orlando, and attracts a huge number of visitors every year. It’s a wild and natural adventure playground, where many of the inhabitants live on four legs and sport teeth as sharp as razors. The best way to enjoy this unique environment is to come and join a naturalist-led tour run by Everglades Day Safari. There are two trips available, and on either one, you could find yourself enjoying nature walks, wildlife drives, airboat trips and river cruises, not to mention a fantastic lunch while learning about the matchless landscape and native creatures that live here.

Everglades Day Safari

This all-day tour includes round-trip transport from the Fort Myers area, a fantastic lunch at the world-famous Oyster House and the services of an expert naturalist to guide you.

World famous Oyster House restaurant in Everglades City, Florida.

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Nature Walks: As part of the tour, experienced guides will lead you on a stroll through the swamps, wandering beneath the lofty canopy of cypress trees and helping you spot the many endangered creatures that can be found here. Keep your eyes peeled for Red Shouldered Hawks and families of otters, while you learn about the unique vegetation like the twisting Strangler Fig tree.

Everglades Day Safari Smallwood's Boat Tour Everglades City, FL

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Boat Cruises: There are thousands of mangrove islands in the Everglades National Park, and you can discover many of them on a scenic boat cruise through the mangroves and towards the Gulf of Mexico. A naturalist leads the 60-minute ride from the historic Smallwood’s Store where you’ll learn about the importance of the swamps while you try to spot shy manatees, alligators and bottle-nosed dolphins in the deeper water. | Everglades Day Safari alligator basking in the Florida Everglades.

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Wildlife Drives: As part of your day safari you’ll be taken by vehicle into the sawgrass prairies, home to black bears and a wide variety of snakes. The alligators make an appearance out here too, enjoying the bodies of fresh water that are found in this 720,000-acre nature preserve. | Take an airboat ride with Everglades Day Safari Fort Myers, Florida.

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Airboat Ride: No visit to the Everglades National Park is complete without a trip on an airboat. The Everglades have the highest concentration of alligators in the world found right here, you might lose count as you explore the marshlands, pond apple sloughs and swamps of this exceptional area.

Captain Bob’s Excellent Adventure

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This half-day tour is designed with children in mind, although adults are sure to enjoy the experience as well. It includes round-trip transportation from several locations in the Fort Myers and Naples area, and from Fort Lauderdale.

Airboat Ride: Experience a tour of the Western Everglades by airboat, learning about the unique animal and plant life, and spotting alligators and native birds along the way. From turtles and snakes to alligators and bears, there’s plenty living in this swampy paradise to discover. | Everglades Day Safari Captain Bob's Excellent Adventures boy holds a baby alligator.

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Reptile Experience/Gator Show: Get up close and personal with some of the nature reserve’s friendlier inhabitants. Under the watchful eye of an experienced naturalist you’ll get the chance to hold some snakes and stroke some alligators, learning amazing facts and information that you didn’t know before.

Award Winning

The Florida Everglades Day Safari has been awarded a Gold Level Certification by the Florida Society for Ethical Tourism thanks to its eco-friendly approach, and previous visitors’ recommendation has earned it a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence as well. There really is no better way to learn in-depth about the unique flora and fauna of this exciting swampland, and with tours departing daily from various pick-up locations in Florida’s southwest, why not come along and experience the excitement of the Everglades on your next visit to Florida?

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Nita Ettinger is Co-publisher for Siesta Publications Inc. and the Editor in Chief for Must Do Visitor Guides. Must Do Visitor Guides provides Southwest Florida visitor information through printed magazines and the website Must Do magazines are published bi-annually and are available at no cost in Sarasota, Lee, and Collier County Chamber of Commerce, visitor information centers, select Southwest Florida hotels, and wherever free publications can be found.