Top Marco Island, Florida Tours and Activities

By: Susan Finch

Marco Island, Florida may look intimate with just six miles of sandy beachfront, but there are over 100 miles of waterways and area wilderness to explore. Marco Island packs in the beauty with opportunities for unspoiled wilderness and unique ecosystems. To experience the best of what the area has to offer, join one of Marco Islands top tours and activities.

Aerial view of Marco Island, Florida. Photo by Debi Pittman Wilkey. Must Do Visitor Guides | MustDo.com
Photo credit Debi Pittman Wilkey
Tours & Activities in Marco Island, Florida Not to be Missed! From Everglades tours to watersports, here are the top tours and activities for a day of fun. Must Do Visitor Guides
Photo courtesy Wooten’s Everglades Airboat Tours

Marco Island Water Sports

The best views of the Gulf of Mexico can be seen from parasail, jet ski, or catamaran. Join Marco Island Water Sports for an adventure on the water or rent a wave runner to explore the area on your own. Choose from locations including JW Marriott Marco Island, Hilton Marco Island, or Marriott’s Crystal Shores to start your adventure right on the beach.

Parasailing along the beach in Marco Island, Florida.
Photo courtesy Marco Island Water Sports
Marco Island Water Sports offers Jetski and WaveRunner tours and rentals in Marco Island, Florida.
Photo courtesy Marco Island Water Sports

See Manatees

There’s nothing quite like seeing a majestic manatee up close and personal in their natural habitat. Join a tour with See Manatees and learn more about these gentle creatures playing in the open waters around Marco Island, Florida area. You might even see some alligators, dolphins, and sharks for an unforgettable experience designed by nature. Read our blog post about spotting manatees and dolphins.

See a West Indian Manatee on a tour with See Manatees in Marco Island, Florida.
Photo credit Bree Silhavy

Backwater Adventure

If you think you’ve seen and done it all when it comes to waterside tours, try a Craig-Cat adventure. Backwater Adventure takes guests on a thrilling ride around the Gulf and beyond on a unique engine-powered Craig-Cat. Just climb aboard, sit comfortably, stretch out your legs, and let the Craig-Cat do the rest. The vessels can zip up to 30 mph or take it slow while a knowledgeable guide leads the way to show off Marco Island’s beauty.

Craig-cat boat tour in Marco Island, Florida Backwater Adventure.
Photo credit Mary Carol Fitzgerald

Cool Beans Cruises

Create your own private tour with Cool Beans Cruises to explore the water on your own terms. Ask about sunset cruises for two, a group outing for up to 20 people, and everything in between. Cool Beans’ catamarans hold up to 20 guests on Cool Bean and 6 guests on Cool Beans II for a flexible experience on the water. 

Cool Beans Cruises family fun catamaran sailing tours and charters in Marco Island, Florida.
Photo courtesy Cool Beans Cruises

Wooten’s Everglade Airboat Tours

Explore the unique ecosystem of the Everglades with a one-stop adventure. Wooten’s Everglades Airboat Tours feature airboat, swamp buggy tours, kayaking tours, and animal and alligator shows. For a close-up view of the area, glide across 259 acres on their Everglades Grassland Airboat Tour. They also offer combo packages so guests can see a little bit of everything.

Wooten's Everglade Airboat Tours of the Florida Everglades launch just minutes from Marco Island, Florida.
Photo courtesy Wooten’s Everglade Airboat Tours

Everglades Day Safari

Take a day safari Everglades tour for a full-day eco-tour experience. Everglades Day Safari showcases the area’s four main ecosystems across pine savannas, cypress swamps, mangrove forests, and sawgrass prairies. A naturalist with intimate knowledge of the area leads tours for an unparalleled education.

Everglades Day Safari near Marco Island, Florida offers full-day eco tours of the Everglades. Photo credit Pete Corradino.
Photo credit Pete Corradino courtesy Everglades Day Safari

Everglades Swamp Tours

See wildlife in their natural habitat with Everglades Swamp Tours and get reconnected with nature. Their Everglades tours are unique, authentic, and are never the same to keep visitors coming back for more. Get an overview of the Everglades “River of Grass” and get an education on different species of birds, turtles, fish, snakes, and of course, the American Alligator.

Alligator along the bank of mangroves in the Everglades near Marco Island, Florida.
Photo credit Mary Carol Fitzgerald

Everglades Excursions

Everglades Excursions’ experienced guides lead guests through the mystery of the Everglades on a private excursion. Learn about the area’s unique ecosystem and diversity of the Everglades. Choose from half or full-day tours in a climate-controlled motorcoach van and airboat and learn about the Everglades indigenous wildlife, conservation efforts, and endangered specifies.

Learn about wildlife and conservation on an airboat tour with Everglades Excursions near Marco Island, Florida.
Photo courtesy Everglades Excursions

Sunshine Tours & Charters  

Grab your gear and get ready to fish the waters off of Marco Island, Florida. Join Sunshine Tours & Charters for a chance at offshore, backcountry, and near coastal fishing. Look for snook, redfish, snapper, trout, and more. The team also provides bait, tackle, and fishing license along with a cooler with ice to keep your catch fresh for dinner. Sunshine Tours & Charters also provides sightseeing, shelling, and dinner cruise opportunities to keep the fun going until the sun disappears over the Gulf.

Fresh caught fish from Sunshine Tours & Charters in Marco Island, Florida ready to be cleaned.
Photo credit Jennifer Brinkman
Top Marco Island, FL Activities & Tours From Everglades tours to watersports, here are the top tours and activities for a day of fun. Must Do Visitor Guides
Photo courtesy Marco Island Water Sports

Written by: Susan Finch | Author Website

Susan Finch is a travel writer and content marketer for the tourism industry who spends her time obsessing over the latest travel trends, wrangling her small kids, and planning her family's next big adventure.

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