The Florida Everglades is a huge subtropical wilderness that has been designated an International Biosphere Reserve, a World Heritage Site, and a Wetland of International Importance, one of only three locations in the world to appear on all three lists. Everglades National Park is located at the southern tip of Florida. It protects the southern 20 percent of the original Everglades. In the United States, it is the largest tropical wilderness, the largest wilderness of any kind east of the Mississippi River. It is the third-largest national park in the lower 48 states after Death Valley and Yellowstone. Use the thumbnail profiles below to identify a Florida Everglades guide that meets your specific outdoor recreation needs.
Outdoor Activities in the Florida Everglades
- Birdwatching and Wildlife Viewing
- Canoe and Kayak Trails,
- Hiking Trails,
- Tram and Boat Tours.
Find an Everglades Guide
The signature tour offered by Everglades Adventure Tours is guided eco-tours using traditional Everglades pole boats. Pole boats were originally employed by Native American and then adapted for use by Gladesmen to hunt, fish and navigate the Everglades. Visitors who take a Pole Boat tour are experiencing the Florida Everglades in a historical context. The founder of this Everglades guide is Jack Shealy, a 5th generation Gladesman who frequently guides pole boat tours himself. Other tours include swamp buggy tours, kayak and canoe tours, hiking, photo and video tours, and paddleboarding. A variety of overnight accommodations are available including chickee cabins, safari “glamping” and the Trail Lakes Campground. Read more about Everglades Adventure Tours.
Everglades Adventures has been providing eco-tour paddling experiences via kayak and canoe for over 30 years. All of the tours are led by National Park Certified naturalists who understand and can explain the Everglades ecosystem. Paddle through mangrove tunnels and on cypress ponds to see alligators, crocodiles, manatees, flamingos, osprey, bald eagles and other wildlife. Each guided tour lasts 3-4 hours and includes 2-3 hours of actual paddling time. This Everglades guide is based in the historic Ivey House in Everglades City built in the 1920’s as a recreation center for workers on the Tamiami Trail between Tampa and Miami. Other accommodations include a 2-bedroom cottage and a 3-bedroom homestead house. Read more about Everglades Adventures
Bill and Mary Burnham are the authors of eight guidebooks that include adventure trips in Virginia, Costa Rica, and Florida. Their specialty is kayaking the Florida Keys but they also feature completely outfitted, custom kayak camping trips of 3 to 8 days in the Florida Everglades from both Flamingo and Everglades city / Ten Thousand Islands. Trips by this Everglades guide include sea kayaks, camping gear, all fees, meals, and snacks. Tours are small to allow for personalized attention. Read more about the Burnham Guides