Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) Everglades Tour Excursion Reviews
We disembarked from the ship at 8:00 AM, which was fine with me. I couldn't wait to get off that boat! Anyway, our flight to Atlanta was not until 8:00 PM. With 12 hours to kill, we signed-up for the airboat ride in the Everglades. I'm so glad we did. It was AWESOME. Then, with several hours more time before our flight, we took a taxi into the city and walked around. It was fantastic. I had never been to Ft. Lauderdale and I plan to go back. It is South Florida at its best.
After disembarking we boarded a bus to do an everglades tour on an air boat, which was a lot of fun. We got to see some gators up close. After the boat ride and a tour of some animal exhibits we were back on the bus to Flamingo Gardens, a botanical garden with some animal exhibits. We did a tram tour and then had lunch at their cafe. Don't come hungry. The cafe has few options and the food is all microwaved. It was cool to see peacocks roaming around. Then we got back on the bus and were dropped off at FLL. It wasn't the most thrilling experience over all, but our guide was nice and it got us to the airport in time so can't complain!
Terrible tour. Air boat ride was beyond stupid. Trash was everywhere. No alligators in the lagoon except a dead one. We did not go very far, could see the dock that we left from everywhere we went. They rushed us, only 1/2 hour tour. No lecture about the alligators, could have use some info about the life of an alligator or something except telling us we had to get out of the boat in 1/2 hour and go to an alligator show. I could not walk down the hill to the show because I would never have gotton back up, no steps! The girl at the top of the entrance told me they were going to do some work on the hill. hmmmmm. The best part of this tour was the Flamigo Park. Enjoyed it the most. Will never go on this excursion again.
Great tour guide with so much information, I felt I needed a tape recorder, not a camera. It really boggles ones mind the stark contrast between the one moment calm & serene beauty to the next moment raw savage rage. The guides respect & caring for such a delicate environmental place is evident in their actions & narration. Remember this is one place you want to keep your face, arms, & legs well away from the water. There is no telling what 6-10 foot prehistoric predator are just inches below the surface, waiting to make you its afternoon snack. The Gator Boys Show is Jaw-dropping. Not only yours but the stars of the show too.
Made embark fairly quick and easy, and filled the time before the flight out. It included transfer to FLL on a full sized tour bus with luggage stowed underneath. Delivery was to the airline of your choosing, and all luggage was handled for you.
It was very interesting, and after having heard about the everglades all my life, I just had to see it! the place we stopped at, was a bit low - mid range - and the gater wrestling show after was borderline cheesy!! an experience, but not to be repeated! the Holland America group go to a place that has a zoo rather than gater-wrestling, so that might be more interesting....:)
Also, the tour quite kept waiting for this really slow family, so consequently we were rushed (and cranky) for our flight!
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