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$158.99 Outdoor Activities

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.

$21.20 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.

$50 Outdoor Activities

Sarasota Florida Mangrove Tunnel Kayak Guided 2-Hour Eco-tour

Your tour begins at a central location in Sarasota, near Lido Beach. After launching the kayaks, your guide provides a lesson on paddling and safety before leading you on a narrated trip around the bay in search of manatees and dolphins, a common sight in these waters. Then head through shady tunnels where you will see more wildlife as you kayak under an amazing canopy formed by mangroves. The kayaks are easy to manage and very stable, and they feature a hull shape that increases glide and ease of paddling. Life jackets and paddles are provided.

$74.99 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Naples 3-Hour Manatee Ecotour and Shelling Adventure

After checking in at the office in the lobby of the Port of the Islands Resort, located at 25000 Tamiami Trail East, Naples 34114, you'll depart for your 3-hour eco tour. Your US Coast Guard certified captain will bring you out to the harbor area where you can see manatees swimming around. From there you'll venture out to the Ten Thousand Islands which a labyrinth of mangroves and waterways. You'll travel down the the Faka Union Canal before entering the natural waterways of largest mangrove jungle in North America. You'll spot many tropical birds that migrate to this very unique ecosystem. Depending on Mother Nature, you'll are also likely see alligators and dolphins on the way to your shelling destination, Whitehorse Key. This pristine, white sandy beach is the perfect place to collect shells or simply wander about for thirty minutes. The return trip to Port of the Islands Marina will also be filled with wildlife viewings.

$42.40 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Fort Myers Coastal Sealife Dolphin and Shelling Cruise

This cruise is the best to the see the most wildlife and such a great value! You will also have the opportunity to encounter and learn about local sealife, such as conchs, sea stars, urchins, and more!Dress for the beach in case you want to take a swim and don't forget your camera! Small coolers welcome. Drinks and snacks available for purchase prior to departure.Hop aboard vessel Phoenix for this cruise. She is a beautiful, very stable, 38' boat with shade and a small restroom on board. Handicap accessible (31 inch gate opening).Please note: Handicap and standard wheelchair accessible. However the bathroom requires 2 steps to get in and out of. There are 2 steps to get down to the beach from the boat and back up, so if you want to stay on the boat, there is shade and the captain will be more than happy to chat and enjoy the view with you.

$26.50 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Fort Myers Sunset Cruise

After the sun goes down you will make our way back to port with a beautiful dusk lit sky. This cruise is laid back and a great way to wind down the day. Cruise is in Estero Bay and Gulf of Mexico. Bring your favorite drinks.The boat is a beautiful 38' power very stable catamaran (like a pontoon but better) with shade, and a small restroom on board.Please note: Small Coolers and adult beverages welcome, and this tour is wheelchair accessible.

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