As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, International Biosphere Reserve, and Wetland of International Importance—only a few places on earth make all three lists—the Florida Everglades are a must-do in southern Florida. Here’s what you should know about visiting from Miami.
The best way to see the Florida Everglades is by airboat, a flat-bottomed, fan-propelled boat that skims across the shallow, marshy waters where normal boats aren’t able to go. An airboat’s simple, open-air design provides unobstructed views of the mangroves and swamp grass, where you might spot wildlife such as gators, manatees, or ocelots in their natural habitat.
For a longer experience, Everglades airboat tours can be combined with another activity, whether urban or environmental. Some combo tours include Miami or South Beach sightseeing or a Biscayne Bay cruise, while others feature a wildlife show, alligator tour, or a visit to Big Cypress National Preserve, which borders Everglades National Park.
Things to Know
Tours from Miami typically last three to five hours.
Not all tours from Miami go to Everglades National Park but instead take travelers to a separate area of the Everglades region, which is larger than the park itself.
Not all tours include transportation from Miami; some require that you get yourself to the starting point in the Everglades.
An Everglades airboat ride exposes you to the elements, so make sure you have sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent, and water to stay hydrated in the Florida heat.