Everglades Airboat tours are the most popular attraction for visitors to the Everglades. The Airboat is a flat-bottom vessel with a large engine and propeller mounted on the stern. It is steered with rudders that direct the wind, rather than cut through the water. Airboats can operate in just a few inches of water, so they’re well-suited to travel across the marshland. It’s an exhilarating visitor experience.

There are dozens of Everglades Airboat rides operating in the area, especially around Everglades City. The four largest companies are Jungle Erv’s Airboats, Capt Jack’s Airboat Tours, Everglades City Airboat Tours and Wootens Airboat Tours. If you want an all-inclusive day trip to the Everglades originating from Naples all on Everglades Excursions or Southwest Florida Eco Tours.

For a more relaxed nature tour, see Everglade’s Area Tours, the quiet alternative to an airboat ride. Kayak deep into the Everglades National Park on a 2-3.5 hour excursion and see wildlife up close in a natural setting.

Everglades City is a quaint town, established in the late 1800s. While there, take time to explore the Smallwood Store in Chokoloskee and visit some of the down-home eateries where you can sample the local seafood (especially stone crabs). You can also explore the area and view wildlife in its natural environment throughout the Everglades National Park, Big Cypress National Preserve, and along Jane’s Memorial Scenic Drive, just off Hwy 29. But . . . watch out for the alligators!

For a real Florida thrill, head south to the Everglades, perhaps stopping on the way at Collier Seminole State Park to see the “Walking Dredge” that cut the Tamami Trail across the Everglades. Just south of Collier-Seminole the Port of the Islands Resort, where you can take the See Manatees in the Wild tour and get an up close view of the gentle giants. Other great options are Naples Bicycle Tours' guided Everglades cycling tours & EvergladesAreaTours.com for Kayaking excursions. You’ll find the Everglades Area Chamber of Commerce at the corner of US 41 and Hwy 29.

The "Sea of Grass" is one of the most exotic and exciting places in the world.
Take an Everglades airboat ride, a hike or a bike ride through the Everglades
and get an up-close-and-personal view of some of the most beautiful birds,
fascinating animals and breathtaking vistas imaginable.