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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'll 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 you'll embark on a journey through the famed 'river of grass' on an unique Florida airboat, complete with live guide. They'll point out wildlife like turtles, birds and alligators. Next up is a wildlife show where you'll see alligators expertly handled by keepers using traditional Seminole Indian techniques. The experience concludes with the opportunity to hold and get photos with a real baby alligator! Before your coach journey back to Miami, you'll have free time to grab a bite to eat, explore the souvenir shop or relax by the water.
Departures and Itinerary
The Everglades Experience tour departs at 8.45am (daily) and 2.15pm (Fri–Sat only) from Miami Beach (Soundscape Park, 1680 Washington Ave), or at 9.30am (daily) and 2.45pm (Fri–Sat only) from Downtown Miami (Bayside Marketplace, 401 Biscayne Blvd). Please arrive 15 minutes in advance of your chosen departure time. The journey to the Everglades Holiday Park takes between 45-60 minutes. Total tour duration is approximately 4 hours.
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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