Everglades National Park Guided Kayak Eco Tours Everglades City, FL

Everglades Area Tours32016 Tamiami Trail EastEverglades City, FL 34139
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Immerse yourself in the nation’s largest subtropical wilderness on this small-group Everglades eco tour! Paddle alongside a Master Naturalist guide through mangrove-lined waterways showcasing the area’s rich flora and fauna. See an array of wildlife including a variety of birds, alligators, otters and more. Two Everglades kayak tours to choose from.

up to 3.5 hrs 2 or more people

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from Ashley, one of our Everglades City Travel Experts
  • Discover the exotic beauty of the Everglades and get up-close views of resident alligators, otters and more.
  • Two different eco tour options to choose from.
  • Tour duration is approximately 3 hours.
  • Suitable for all ages and experience levels.
  • Includes all safety gear, paddles, personal flotation devices, kayaks. and a Florida Master Naturalist guide.
  • Wear comfortable and fast-drying clothing or swimsuits.
  • Excludes park entrance fee. Please purchase your park entrance pass prior to the tour ($30 per car).
  • Everglades Area Tours adheres to a 'Leave No Trace' policy, remove what you bring and leave what you find.


from Everglades National Park Guided Kayak Eco Tours
Everglades National Park kayaking tours are a great way to explore the natural beauty of the Everglades. From paddling through the brackish waterway of the Mangrove forest to the easy-paced Alligator and Orchids Everglades adventure, these eco kayak tours operated by Everglades Area Tours are great for all ages and experience levels.

Alligator and Orchids Kayak Eco Tour
Beautiful butterflies, abundant bromeliads (air plants), fabulous ferns, and gorgeous wildflowers, including at least seven different species of wild orchids blooming at various times of the year… these are NOT the things that most people expect in the wilds of the Everglades! But these are some things you may see on this easy-paced kayaking adventure with your naturalist guide.

Of course, what Everglades experience would be complete without seeing the Everglades' most famous resident, the American Alligator? The kayaks' unobtrusive stealth often allows us to observe these iconic, magnificent creatures from a safe distance yet close enough to take good pictures.

Mangrove Tunnel Kayak Eco Tour
This is a wonderful alternative to an airboat ride...quiet, peaceful, and surreal. Enjoy a leisurely paddle with a naturalist guide in a unique part of the Everglades.

Across the Mangrove forest are brackish "lakes" whose waters mix "sweet" fresh water and saltwater. They are nursery grounds for herons, egrets, stilts, ducks, wood storks, spoonbills, alligators, otters, and fishes. Interconnecting these lakes are narrow, flowing tidal creeks. The mangrove forest grows to the edge and over the tops of these creeks, forming a canopy or a tunnel. The dense canopy regulates moisture and humidity, allowing orchids and bromeliads to thrive. The sunlight (or moonlight) shimmering through the canopy, the stillness of the forest vegetation, and the sounds of the forest itself, make for a surreal experience in the tunnels. They use single and two-person kayaks; you do not need previous kayaking experience.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Everglades National Park Guided Kayak Eco Tours

Where do the Everglades National Park guided kayak tours meet up?

Tours depart from the Everglades Area Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center at 32016 Tamiami Trail East, Everglades City, FL, 34139. Located at the intersection of US 41 (Tamiami Trail) and SR 29 (Collier Blvd). This area is also known as Carnestown. Look for your guide's van marked "Everglades Area Tours" on the SE corner of the intersection pulling a kayak trailer loaded with kayaks.

When should we arrive?

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your tour time.

How long is this guided Everglades kayak tour?

Each Everglades National Park kayaking tour lasts approximately 3 hours including short breaks.

Are these kayak tours wheelchair accessible?

No. These tours are not wheelchair accessible.

What should I bring?

Please bring whatever you wish to eat or drink, including plenty of water but please adhere to their "Leave No Trace" policy. A light jacket is needed on most trips, along with protective footwear that you do not mind getting wet. Sun protection (sunscreen, hats, etc.) is always a good idea. Binoculars and field glasses are also a good idea. Bring a camera in a plastic zip lock bag if it is not waterproof.

What should I wear?

Please dress comfortably and according to the weather, and wear protective footwear (water shoes) that you do not mind getting wet. Wear shorts, light, fast-drying pants, or swimsuits on this trip. A light jacket is also recommended.

Is the tour appropriate for children?

Yes, this Everglades National Park kayak tour is suitable for all ages.

Can I bring my camera?

Yes! There are many terrific photo opportunities for you on the trip, but please bring waterproof protection for your gadgets.

Will I get wet?

The kayaks used by Everglades Area Tours are sealed and will not fill with water or sink. They are dry, very easy to paddle and very stable. However, as you paddle, drops of water can run down the paddle shaft. This paddle drizzle can get on your legs. Many wear shorts or light fast drying pants (like nylon fishing clothing) when on these trips...some bring the pants from their rain suits, others swimming suits.