Please read this first: Tours depart by van and you can take the tour from Fort Myers Beach at either the Park N Ride lot at 796 San Carlos Dr, or Snook Bight Marina 4765 Estero Blvd, and custom pick up at any Fort Myers Beach accommodation is also available at no extra charge. Call 239-405-2060 for reservations or with general inquiries. Have questions? email us at firstname.lastname@example.org Please see the locator map for Fort Myers Beach departure location. Transportation is in a climate controlled comfy passenger van with a knowledgeable and fun Naturalist guide. These are small group tours of up to 13 so please book early! Please read answers to FAQs here. Leave the driving and the work of planning a fun itinerary in the Everglades to us! See recent tour photos here: Gator Gil’s Blog and also Facebook. Please also check out our Fishing Charters, Kayaking Eco-tours, and Dolphin Wildlife cruises here: www.Goodtimecharter.com
Tours not available on major holidays, this includes Superbowl Sunday, Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Parade (2nd Sat of March).
Everglades Adventure Tour
(approximately 8AM-5PM, from Ft Myers Beach) $125 per person, $89 for children 11 & under. Includes a 40 minute nature cruise on a stable pontoon style boat through Estero bay preserve, then narrated van transportation to the Everglades with a certified naturalist guide, a thrilling 45 minute Airboat ride through the Everglades sawgrass prairie and marsh, plus a sit down lunch in Everglades City complete with fried alligator tail, a 40-minute Swamp Buggy Ride through Everglades marsh prairie and the Cypress hardwood swamp, an interactive reptile and exotic bird exhibit where you have the opportunity to handle snakes, alligators, tortoises, and exotic birds, and a wildlife drive in search of and to view large alligators and birds in the wild. We typically see a lot of wildlife on this tour, and you will see all the different ecosystems of the Everglades. This tour is a great value and is perfect for birders, nature enthusiasts, photographers, and is not recommended for children under 6.
Additional details on the Everglades Adventure Tour features (they are not sold separately):
Tour the scenic mangrove estuary of Estero Bay, Florida’s first Aquatic Preserve. You will have the opportunity to see dolphins, manatees, and many different species of native birds. We will cruise this beautiful coastal area and enjoy the nature that abounds this beautiful preserve area and understand why estuaries are an important component of the Everglades ecosystem. This cruise is on a very stable pontoon style boat with shade and restroom.
Take a thrilling ride on the Everglades’ most famous transportation – the airboat! Glide through the sawgrass prairies and around the palm hammocks surrounding the Big Cypress National Preserve and Everglades National Park. Look for alligators, birds and other wildlife.
These airboats are operated and narrated by U.S. Coast Guard licensed native captains who have been driving airboats all their lives.
Another popular mode of transportation around the Everglades is by Swamp Buggy! These vehicles are equipped with big tires to get you an elevated perspective of the Everglades sawgrass prairie, and through the Cypress swamp. Enjoy a slow paced swamp buggy nature ride and learn about Everglades history, ethnobotany- medicinal uses of Everglades plant life by the Natives. This area is home to black bear, white tail deer, racoons, alligators, and much more. Have your camera ready as we stop for wildlife along the way and we never know what to expect.
Lunch – Everglades City Restaurant
We will tour around Everglades City and find ourselves in a fun sit down Florida style restaurant. Lunch includes your choice of Grouper, Oysters, Shrimp, Clam strips, Hamburger, Garden Burger, Chicken Sandwich, Chicken Fingers, Hot Dog, or Salad topped with your choice of Grouper, Shrimp, or Chicken. Included are non-alcoholic beverages, alligator tail appetizer, tax and tip. A full bar is also available.
Interactive Animal Experience
This part of the tour is way too cool for words. See both native and exotic animals up close and personal with Naturalist Rick as he teaches you about these fascinating animals. Hold a live but friendly alligator, 50 pound snakes, tropical parrots & macaws, tortoises and others for a picture if you care to dare. Remember – handling these beautiful creatures is completely optional, but how often to you get a chance to hug an 18 ft albino python? This animal sanctuary is also widely known as ground zero for the legendary Everglades skunk ape. It’s far more than a petting zoo and it sure isn’t Disney World!
Take a drive on the wild side. See alligators, turtles and tropical birds in this freshwater cypress swamp area of the Everglades. Learn to identify native flora such as bromeliad epiphytes, Spanish moss, cypress trees and the many varieties of palms. Gain an appreciation of the fragile Everglades eco system.
We also offer dolphin wildlife tours at Ft Myers Beach – www.goodtimecharter.com