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Discover the beauty of Florida's Everglades National Park with Big Bus Tours. Our new Everglades Experience Tour journeys out to Gator Park and includes an exciting ride on an iconic Florida airboat, and a thrilling wildlife show featuring real alligators.
About the Everglades
The Everglades National Park 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 Gator Park, a 45-minute drive away within the Everglades Natural Park. First you'll explore the river of grass on an iconic Florida airboat, complete with live guide. They'll point out wildlife like turtles, birds and alligators, including Jumbo, the resident 9-footer. Next up is a wildlife show - see alligators expertly handled by keepers using traditional Seminole Indian techniques, and even hold a baby gator! Before your journey back to Miami, you'll have free time at Gator Park to grab a bite to eat, explore the souvenir shop or relax by the water.
Departures and Itinerary
Tours depart Miami at either 10:00am from Soundscape Park in Miami Beach (Washington Ave. & 17th St, public bus stop opposite Greenview Hotel) or 10:20am from the Torch of Friendship near Bayside Marketplace (public bus stop opposite Holiday Inn). Please arrive at least 15 minutes in advance of your chosen departure time. The journey to Gator Park takes about 45-60 minutes - you'll arrive about 11:15am. After your airboat ride and alligator show, the tour will depart Gator Park about 1:25pm, arrving back at Soundscape Park at 2:20pm, and the Torch of Friendship at 2.00pm.
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. Please note that guests aged 16+ are required to pay the Everglades National Park entry fee of $3.00 - this can be paid at the Gator Park ticket kiosk.