We took the 2 hr private air boat ride. It was Fabulous. I surprised my husband for his birthday. Our captain was Ozzy and he was fantastic. Very informative and funny. We had the chance to get some great pictures. I would recommend this outfit to everybody. Ask for Ozzy.
No one ever arrived to meet us at the shell station where they advise they will pick you up. Waited an hour. No one answered the phone or replayed to emails that we tried; to let them know we were waiting. We drove 4 hours for nothing.
I've lived in Florida for 20 years and never did an Everglades tour. From now on it will be high on my list of suggestions when visitors come down here.
We did the two hour private air boat tour. At the suggestion of Javier who took our reservation on the phone, we started in the early morning- 8 AM.
SPECTACULAR. Our guide Ozzie was a knowledgable naturalist who knew the 'glades inside and out. We got up close and personal with at least 15 alligators. Saw incredibly exotic birds- up close as Ozzie was on friendly terms with a few special " friends" we saw turtles and heard the history of the Everglades which is fascinating.
This is THE TOUR. DO THIS!!!!!
My sister found this tour on TripAdvidor and it had wayyyy better reviews than any of the other Everglades tours so we decided to book it. Very glad we did!
We came on a Monday for a 9am tour. They have you meet and sign in at a Chevron relatively close to the place you leave from for the actual tour. There's a little booth right in front of the station and the guy there was super helpful getting us all set to go. Once the tour guide shows up you follow him one mile down the road to where the boats are.
The airboats are awesome...you can book a semi-private tour that seats up to 6 or a private tour where it's just you and the guide or you + 1 and the guide, aw romantic swampiness.
Anyway, it was just us and a couple and then our guide, Chad, who was spectacular.
The tour is about an hour long (we paid $50.00 each) and we saw a dozen or so alligators and tons of different kinds of birds I've never seen anywhere else, some of them were impressively large. Chad was super informative about the area and the wildlife and we learned a lot of interesting things I'd never have known otherwise...like did you know there are turtles living there and the alligators keep their heads under water all day waiting for one to eat!? And they can jump out of the water to eat birds, I think they can get around 50% of their bodies out of the water, pretty impressive for a 600lb creature. Also, even though I referred to the Everglades as a swamp...it isn't a swamp...it's reality, it hosts a variety of ecosystems, ranging from tropical hardwood hammocks and pine forests to mangrove forests, marshes, and wet prairies. The water here is slow-moving freshwater headed slowly (I think he said it moves something like 30 meters per day) to the Florida Bay.
This was a once in a lifetime experience and I highly recommend booking through them if you're interested in doing an Everglades tour.
Awesome experience. Both Art and Ozzy were awesome. Took the family on the 1.5 hour private ride and it was incredible. Very informative about the glades as well as lots of wildlife and fun. A must do while visiting florida.
We had a Living Social special for a one hour private tour for four. We enjoyed the scenery and the wildlife. Very mellow time and it's important to see the natural side of S. FL. There's only one Everglades in the entire planet.
found this on tripadvisor. great everglades tour -- we did the semiprivate airboat adventure. we went in december, and it was a very cold day, so the ride itself was not as fun since we were blasted with winds. dress warmly for sure, and you will still need sunblock.
once we actually settled down, it was a pretty relaxing and great ride. our captain knew a lot about the different plants, birds, and gators in the water. he helped point out some creatures, and then when i saw the first gator on the trip, he even turned us around so we could see the gator twice, which was very accommodating of him!
overall, good deal, good trip (all 4 people in my party enjoyed it), very friendly people (they even waited for us since we were running a little late to the appointment). i was able to book day of but i'd recommend calling in advance if possible.
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