Welcome to Southwest Florida


The Gulf Coast's beauty is its main attraction, but variety is a close second: from Tampa to St Petersburg to Sarasota to Naples, there is urban sophistication and exquisite cuisine. There are secluded islands, family-friendly resorts and spring-break-style parties.

Here Salvador Dalí's melting canvases, Ringling's Venetian Gothic palace and Chihuly's tentacled glass sculptures fit perfectly – all are bright, bold, surreal entertainments to match wintering manatees, roseate spoonbills, open-mouthed alligators and the peacock-colored, sequined costumes of twirling trapeze artists.


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$67.84 Outdoor Activities

Crystal River Manatee Swim and Snorkel

Called Crystal River for a reason, you will have the chance to swim and snorkel in the warm spring fed waters where many West Indian Manatees call home. Located just 1.5 hours West of Orlando, you'll meet your guide who will take you into the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge which is known as the best locations for viewing and snorkeling with these friendly, curious and slow moving and gentle giants.After checking in at the tour center you will watch a brief video about the manatees, go over the rules of swimming and how to interact in a manner that is fun for both you and the manatees. You are then fitted for a wetsuit to prepare you for your snorkeling adventure. Your guides will photograph the highlights of your entire manatee swim tour from start to finish, both above and below the water. Upon returning to the tour center, a high-resolution picture CD containing images from your manatee tour will be available for you to purchase if desired.Please note: early morning departures are the best time to swim with the manatees. For a speedier check-in process, it is advised that you have your swimsuits on under your clothes. Please bring a towel and a plastic bag to hold your belongings.

$159 Kid Friendly

Everglades Airboat Nature Tour from Greater Fort Myers/Naples

You’ll be picked up from one of the convenient Greater Fort Myers area locations in the morning and taken by air-conditioned 14-passenger van to the Everglades. Your expert naturalist or biologist guide will first take you on an exciting 60-minute airboat ride through the marshes and swamps of the Western Everglades. Back on dry land, explore sawgrass prairies on a narrated van tour through Big Cypress National Preserve. Spot wildlife such as alligators, turtles and birds as you venture through the Everglades backcountry. Next, enjoy a nature walk through ancient, towering cypress trees where alligators loom. Spot herons, egrets and storks, and maybe otters, bears, pigs, deer and panthers! Break for lunch in the afternoon at a restaurant in the heart of the Everglades, where you’ll dine on several entrees. You can even try some alligator appetizers!  Your final adventure will be a relaxing 1-hour boat cruise through mangrove-lined waters. Navigate the islands – there are more than 10,000 in the Everglades! – and watch for manatees, sea turtles, osprey and even dolphins. Throughout your tour, your knowledgeable guide will provide informative, entertaining commentary and answer any questions you have about the ecosystems and animals. Please note: if your hotel is not on the list provided then pickup will be at the Perkins Restaurant, 14801 South Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers, FL 33908 at 7:35 am.

$21.35 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Tampa Bay Yacht Cruise from Clearwater with Dinner Upgrade

Enjoy a romantic evening cruise with an optional fine dining meal service, which can be purchased once on board the yacht. You’ll love the gorgeous waterfront scenery and a live music on this Tampa Bay yacht cruise. All onboard entrée purchases include a salad, bread with dipping oils, choice from an 11 entrée menu and house dessert. Relax at your reserved table in the plush comfort of the vessel’s interior or head to one of the outer decks to enjoy the soft breeze. As romantic lights of the Tampa Bay waterfront drift by, you’ll be treated to live renditions of your favorite songs as the DJ gets everyone dancing. Wander the decks or stroll under the starlight – your Clearwater Evening Dance Cruise makes for an unforgettable romantic evening.

$17.08 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Tampa Bay Yacht Cruise from Clearwater with Dinner Upgrade

Enjoy the beautiful sights around you as you cruise through the peaceful scenery of Florida’s calm, inland waters for 1.5-2 hours. For additional purchase on board, treat yourself to an appetizer or a delicious lunch made fresh-to-order from the executive chef or simply enjoy a cold beverage or frozen drink.Sit outside on the sightseeing decks while sipping on a cocktail as your captain regales you with anecdotes and stories about the Clearwater area’s numerous waterways and wildlife. Keep an eye out for dolphins, birds and maybe even manatee! Add some luxury to your Clearwater vacation and treat yourself to this fabulous cruise experience.

$21.20 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Fort Myers Beach Dolphin and Wildlife Cruise with Naturalist

Welcome aboard vessel Phoenix for this cruise. She is a beautiful, comfortable, and very stable 38' boat. She offers shade, a small, bathroom, and is handicap accessible.  Join a Certified Florida Master naturalist guides for a 90 minute cruise of Estero Bay and the surrounding waters of Fort Myers Beach. Have the opportunity to see wild dolphins, manatees, many different species of birds, and other wildlife. Cruise the estuarine waters of Estero bay aquatic preserve, learn about rookery islands, native wildlife, and see Lover's Key state Park and many surrounding mangrove islands. Bring your favorite snacks and drinks, and make sure you don't forget that camera!Perfect for wildlife enthusiasts, birders, and family friendly for any age. Small coolers are welcomed.  Tour departs Fort Myers Beach and free parking is available.

$54.99 Cultural & Theme Tours

St Petersburg Historical Segway Tour

Meet at North Straub Park in St Petersburg at your chosen time for a safety orientation. Once you feel comfortable on your Segway, you’re ready to start your historical tour of the city!Coast along Tampa Bay, pass beautiful Victorian-style houses, and learn why the city was once called the ‘City of Green Benches.’ As you glide through the downtown area behind your guide, learn about the culture and history of the Tocobaga Indians who once lived in the area. Hear how their mysterious spiritual burial mounds once covered the entire region, and discover a little-known fact about the tribe’s princess, who’s said to have inspired the Disney story of Pocahontas. Visit the location where the world's first recorded commercial flight took off from and see pictures of the man who made history, as well as the plane he used for the groundbreaking flight. Continue down the beautiful St Petersburg Pier, where you’ll learn about its history and importance to the development of the area, and get an up-close view of the once-endangered brown pelicans bathing in the sun. You’ll then return to North Straub Park to conclude your tour.

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