Excursions in Fort Myers Area - FL: The Everglades is made up of a variety of habitats such as sawgrass, marshes, marl prairies, pinelands, hardwood hammocks, cypress swamps, sloughs, domes, mangrove forests and marine estuaries. This popular walking tour takes you through the cypress swamps of the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. The Fakahatchee Strand is known as "the Amazon of North America".
For thousands of years moving, clean fresh water has carved away at this spectacular environment. Each and every tour will present unique opportunities. You may come across an endangered orchid in bloom, or may see fresh tracks or scat from an elusive Florida panther or Florida black bear. Encounters with white-tailed deer, red-shouldered hawks, barred owls, pileated woodpeckers, egrets, herons, alligators and water reptiles are always a possibility.
Meeting/pick-up point: Everglades Welcome Center at 32016 Tamiami Trail East, Everglades City, FL 34139.
Duration: Three hours.
Start/opening time: Tour departs at 9am and 1.30pm. Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to departure time.
Languages: In English.
Others: Children must be at least 8 years old in order to participate. Cypress "knees" and saw grass require that all guests wear long sleeves and pants and closed-toe shoes such as an old pair of sneakers. For the wet walks, it is suggested to bring along a change of clothes, including shoes, for the ride home.