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Boating and Kayaking
Everglades National Park Boat Tours. In conjunction with boat tours at Flamingo, this operation runs 1½-hour trips ($30) through the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge. Adventure-seekers often see dolphins, manatees, bald eagles, and roseate spoonbills. In peak season (November–April), 49-passenger boats run on the hour and half-hour daily. Mangrove wilderness tours ($40) on smaller boats are for up to six passengers. These one-hour, 45-minute trips are the best option to see alligators. The outfitter also rents canoes ($24 per day) and kayaks (from $45 per day). Taxes are additional. Gulf Coast Visitor Center, 815 Oyster Bar La., Everglades City, FL, 34139. 239/695–2591 or 866/628–7275. www.evergladesnationalparkboattoursgulfcoast.com/index.php.
Everglades Rentals & Eco Adventures. Ivey House Inn houses this established, year-round source for guided Everglades paddling tours and rentals. Canoes cost $35 the first day, $27 daily thereafter. Day-long kayak rentals are from $45. Shuttles deliver you to major launching areas such as Turner River ($25.60 to $32, one-way for up to two people) and Collier-Seminole State Park ($56 to $70, one-way). Highlights include bird and gator sightings, mangrove forests, no-man's-land beaches, and spectacular sunsets. Longer adventures include equipment rental, guide, and meals. Ivey House, 107 Camellia St., Everglades City, FL, 34139. 877/567–0679 or 239/695–3299. www.evergladesadventures.com..
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