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Discover the beauty of Florida's Everglades National Park with Big Bus Tours. Our Everglades Experience Tour takes you out to Everglades Holiday Park, and includes a ride through the famous Everglades 'River of Grass' on an iconic Florida airboat, a thrilling wildlife show featuring real alligators, and the opportunity to hold a baby alligator!

About the Everglades

The Everglades is a unique wetland ecosystem in southern Florida, with 5,000 square miles of slow-flowing water supporting grasslands, thick forests and diverse groups of animal life. Often referred to as the 'River of Grass', the swampy Everglades create endless prairies of sawgrass that rise 3 to 10 feet above the surface of the water. The sawgrass is often so dense that travel is possible only through shallow natural water passages, hence the use of those famous flat-bottomed Florida airboats. The Everglades are known for birds like the roseate spoonbill, great blue heron and a variety of egrets. Marine life includes alligators, American crocodiles, soft shelled turtles and fish such as red teriera, large mouth bass, redfish, and catfish. Other wildlife in the Everglades National Park includes deer, the endangered Florida panther and over 28 different snakes.

About the Everglades Experience Tour

Your Everglades Experience begins in Miami, where you will be collected by our special Big Bus coach. You'll journey out to the Everglades Holiday Park, a 50-minute drive away within the Everglades Natural Park. First up is a journey through the famed 'river of grass' on an unique Florida airboat, complete with live guide and complimentary pre-journey photo. On the airboat, your guide will point out wildlife like turtles, birds and alligators. The experience concludes with a wildlife show where you will see alligators expertly handled by keepers using traditional Seminole Indian techniques. Before your coach journey back to Miami, you will have free time to explore the park, where you can buy tickets for special animal encounters, grab a bite to eat, explore the souvenir shop or relax by the water.

Everglades Tour: Departures and Tour Itinerary

The Everglades Experience tour departs at 8.30am & 2:00pm from Stop #3 in Miami Beach (Soundscape Park, 1680 Washington Ave), or at 9.00am & 2:30pm from Stop #1 in Downtown Miami (Bayside Marketplace, 401 Biscayne Blvd). You will choose your departure date, time and location during purchase. Please check your booking confirmation email for confirmation of these. On the day, please arrive 15 minutes in advance of your chosen departure time. To amend your tour departure date, time or location, please manage your booking via our Booking Portal. The journey to the Everglades Holiday Park takes between 45-60 minutes. Total tour duration is approximately 4 hours.

Everglades Tour: Important Information

Please inform us in advance if you have accessibility requirements (e.g. if you are a wheelchair user) so we are able to make arrangements to accommodate you comfortably. On the day, please wear comfortable clothes and shoes, bring water, and consider wearing a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent.

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Download our free mobile app for the perfect pocket companion to your sightseeing adventure. Our new live bus arrival times feature shows you exactly where the bus is along the route, along with an ETA for your nearest stop! This gives you the freedom to make the most of your time exploring. In addition to live bus arrival times, you'll also get detailed maps and route information, stop images, walking directions, facts about famous landmarks and attractions, ticket offers and more. Save memory-making minutes on your city adventure with the Big Bus Tours App!

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Big Bus Tours is the largest operator of open-top bus sightseeing tours in the world, providing sightseeing tours in 22 cities across four continents.

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