Tours in Florida

City Tour, Everglades Tour, or Tour of City and Biscayne Bay from Safari Tours (Up to 51% Off)

Safari Tours

Bayside Marketplace

Guides narrate in both English and Spanish as adventurers take in sights from art-deco buildings to swamp wildlife

$39 $19

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$30 for a Two-Hour Segway Tour from Magic Carpet Glide ($65 Value)

Magic Carpet Glide

Channel District

Auto-balancing personal transporters glide riders through tours of Tampa to explore downtown, the riverwalk, and Harbour Island

$65 $30

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$175 for a Romantic Helicopter Tour for Up to Three People from Tampa Bay Aviation ($384 Value)

Tampa Bay Aviation

Albert Whitted Airport

Private helicopter flight reveals aerial views of historic St. Petersburg; includes roses, champagne, and chocolate-covered strawberries

$384 $175

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Digital Walking Adventure for Two or Four from Crazy Dash Digital Adventures (50% Off)

Crazy Dash Digital Adventures

Lake Eola Park

Friends and families grab their smartphones before heading out on an adventurous walking tour looking for clues and racking up points

$39.95 $20

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Admission for Two, Four, or Six at Tyler's Haunted Forest (Up to 50% Off)

Tyler's Haunted Forest

Tallahassee

Tallahassee’s longest-running haunted house, now in its 37th year, spooks guests for a good cause

$10 $6

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Airboat Tour and Live Alligator Show for One, Two, or Four from Everglades Holiday Park (40% Off)

Everglades Holiday Park

Fort Lauderdale

Visitors skim across undisturbed wetlands as guides point out native wildlife and introduce guests to live alligators during 20-minute shows

$25 $15

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$169 for Romantic Sightseeing Flight with Champagne for Two at ATA Flight School ($389.99 Value)

ATA Flight School

North Perry Airport

Witness the sun set over the Florida Everglades from a bird’s-eye view while sipping champagne

$389.99 $169

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Electric Bike Tour or Rental, or Mountain Bike Tour for Two from New Age Cycles (Up to 50% Off)

New Age Cycles

Hollywood Beach - Quadoman

Guides show guests the beautiful sights of Hollywood Beach on motorized electric bikes or classic cruisers and mountain bikes

$99.90 $50

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Butterfly Tour for Four or Six at Greathouse Butterfly Farm (50% Off)

Greathouse Butterfly Farm

Earleton

In addition to learning how the 45 native species are farmed, guests can hand feed them and see them thrive in every stage of development

$60 $30

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$149 for a Two-Hour Sunset Cruise or Sightseeing Cruise for Four from Flatsaholic Inshore Charters ($300 Value)

Flatsaholic Inshore Charters

Seminole Boat Ramp

Passengers enjoy views of the sunset or spend the day hopping islands, collecting seashells, and spotting turtles, dolphins, and manatees

$300 $149

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2-Night Bahamas Cruise for Two from Celebration Cruise Line (Up to 55% Off). Three Options Available.

Celebration Cruise Line

West Palm Beach to Bahamas

Caribbean ocean liner cruises from West Palm Beach toward Bahamas; spa, pool, Las Vegas–style casino, and free meals on board

$398 $179

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Boat Tour for Up to Six or an Island Boat Tour and Paddleboard Rental for One from Watersports Paradise (55% Off)

Watersports Paradise

Miami Watersports Paradise - Miami Beach Marina, Dock J

Cruise the waters of South Beach in a fully enclosed boat with an iPod jack, and room for up to six; optionally rent a standup paddleboard

$160 $72

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$99 for a 45-Minute Introductory Flight Experience from Beach Aviation ($250 Value)

Beach Aviation

Multiple Locations

An introductory flight lets you take the controls of a plane and soar over the coast with the help of an FAA commercial pilot and instructor

$250 $99

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Two-Hour Dolphin and Manatee Tour on the Indian River for Two or Four from DolFun Tours (Up to 60% off)

DolFun Tours

Melbourne

Boat tours sail through the Indian River's estuary full of dolphins, manatees, and more than 4,000 bird and fish species

$48 $24

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Ghost Tour for Two or Four from Haunted Fort Myers (50% Off)

Haunted Fort Myers

Downtown Historic District

During an approximately 70-minute walking tour of historic Fort Myers, guests hear supernatural stories and visit haunted locales

$20 $10

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Haunted-History Walking Tour for Two or Four with Ghost-Hunting Equipment from Spirit Expeditions (50% Off)

Spirit Expeditions

Daytona Beach

A two-hour walking tour covers Daytona Beach's most haunted areas and allows guests to conduct their own paranormal investigation

$50 $25

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Two tickets to the Bridal Joy tour (Up to 51% Off)

Bridal Joy

Multiple Locations

All-day wedding planning event lets parties mingle with wedding professionals and visit venues amid food, music, and fun

$45 $22

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Alligator Show and Airboat Ride for One, Two, or Four at Everglades Alligator Farm

Everglades Alligator Farm

Homestead

Alligator handlers entertain and educate during shows, then let everyone hold a baby alligator; airboat rides zip through wetlands

$21.62 $15

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Chocolate-Factory Adventure Tour for One or Two from Chocolate Kingdom (Up to 41% Off)

Chocolate Kingdom

Kissimmee

Professional Chocolate Tour guides lead 45- to 60-minute tours through a cacao-tree greenhouse, chocolate museum, and a micro batch factory

$16.95 $10

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$119 for 30-Minute Flight Lesson on Sea & Sky Cygnet Amphibious Aircraft from Duckwing Triking ($230 Value)

Duckwing Triking

Palm Harbor

Soar above Clearwater Beach, the Gulf of Mexico, and St. Joseph Sound in an FAA-certified powered hang-glider

$230 $119

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Horse-Farm Walking Tour for One, Two, or Four at The Gypsy Gold Farm (Up to 48% Off)

The Gypsy Gold Farm

Ocala

Tour introduces visitors to rare horses & delves into vibrant subculture that began breeding them

$60 $32

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$26 for Coconut Grove Historic Ghost Tour for Two from Ghost Tours Miami ($52 Value)

Ghost Tours Miami

Northeast Coconut Grove

Educational ghost tour hopes to visit spirits of ancient indigenous peoples, playhouse-dwelling phantoms, and modern soldiers and sailors

$52 $26

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Dolphin or Sunset Cruise for Two or Four from Premier Dolphin Cruise (Up to 54% Off)

Premier Dolphin Cruise

Portofino Boardwalk

Guests feel the sea breeze on their cheeks as they sail Santa Rosa Sound in an open-air catamaran and scan the waters for dolphins

$60 $30

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Two-Day Bus Tour for One or Two with Option for Boat Tour from CitySightSeeing Miami (Up to 57% Off)

CitySightSeeing Miami

Multiple Locations

Bus tours usher customers through downtown Miami, offering stops at 18 locations to allow personal explorations

$39 $19

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Fruit-Farm Outing with Grove Tour and Ice Cream for Two or Four at Mixon Fruit Farms (Up to 51% Off)

Mixon Fruit Farms

Bradenton

Tram tours wind through citrus trees and stop at a wildlife refuge before dropping visitors off at the café for ice cream

$27.30 $14

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Hiking Tours of the Everglades from Everglades Nature Tours (Up to 62% Off). Four Options Available.

Everglades Nature Tours

Big Cypress National Preserve

Lead by a Gladesman with 35+ years’ experience, visitors ramble through the unique Floridian ecosystem on private or group tours

$65 $25

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Bump In the Night Haunted Tour for One, Two, or Four from Ghost Party Haunted Tours (Up to 59% Off)

Ghost Party Haunted Tours

Multiple Locations

Get spooked during haunted tours that visit haunted sights

$35 $16

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Day- or Weeklong Bike Rental from West Orange Trail Bikes and Blades Co. (Up to 54% Off). Four Options Available.

West Orange Trail Bikes and Blades Co.

Oakland

Choose from a variety of bicycles to rent for the day or all weeklong, whether using it to get in shape, hit the trails, or to get around

$30 $15

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Pirate Tour for Two or for Four with Pirate Packs from Black Sparrow Pirates (Up to 38% Off)

Black Sparrow Pirates

Riviera Beach

Pirate ship sails around Peanut Island while kids participate in water-cannon battle and treasure hunt

$50 $31

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Monster-Truck Off-Road Eco Tours at Showcase of Citrus (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

Showcase of Citrus

Clermont

Monster swamp buggies cruise through a 2,500-acre family farm inhabited by exotic wildlife and more than 50 varieties of citrus fruits

$15 $10

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Hop-On, Hop-Off Trolley Tour for One, Two, or Four from City View Trolley Tours (45% Off)

City View Trolley Tours

Key West

Riders hop on and off at nine stops along a scenic route through the streets of Key West

$28 $16

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90–120 Minute Narrated Dolphin Adventure and Nature Cruise for 1, 2, or 4 from Odyssey Cruises (Up to 47% Off)

Odyssey Cruises

Tarpon Springs

Sightseers journey down the Anclote River into the Gulf of Mexico on a narrated cruise, glimpsing wildlife such as dolphins and birds

$18.99 $11

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Dolphin Discovery Tour or Dolphin Lighthouse Cruise for Two or Four from Marine Discovery Center (Up to 51% Off)

Marine Discovery Center

New Smyrna Beach

Certified naturalists lead pontoon-boat tours in search of playful marine mammals and local nautical landmarks

$50 $25

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Shark-Fishing Trip, Dolphin-Viewing Trip, or Sunset Boat Trip for Two from Twisted Tails Charters (Up to 57% Off)

Twisted Tails Charters

Anclote River Park Boat Launch

During a private aquatic expedition, guests try to catch sharks, find dolphin fins in the surf, or enjoy a romantic sunset

$400 $199

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Manatee Eco-Tour and Shelling Adventure from Double R's Fishing and Tours Company (Up to 42% Off). Two Options.

Double R's Fishing and Tour Co.

Port of the Islands Resort

After an eco-tour of the Ten Thousand Islands on a 22 ft. Hurricane deck boat, day trippers enjoy 45 minutes of shelling on Whitehorse Key

$180 $109

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90-Minute Dolphin Sightseeing Cruise for Two or Four by Dolphin Quest (Up to 47% Off)

Dolphin Quest

Madeira Beach

A Coast Guard–licensed captain takes passengers out onto Boca Ciega Bay in search of dolphins, manatees, and seabirds

$33 $19

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$199 for a 75-Minute Romantic Plane Tour for Two from Go Fly Tours ($399 Off)

Go Fly Tours

Opa Locka Airport

75-minute romantic plane tours include a champagne toast and chocolate

$399 $199

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Guided Manatee-Snorkeling Tour for One or Two from Adventure Diving (Up to 55% Off)

Adventure Diving

Crystal River

Guides lead small groups of snorkelers into the waters of Crystal River to examine manatees in their natural habitat

$55 $26

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Ghost Boat Tour for One or Two from Jumanji Attractions (45% Off)

Jumanji Attractions

St. Augustine

Learn about shipwrecks and nautical legends hidden beneath Matanzas Bay aboard a lighthouse ferry boat that helped develop St. Augustine, FL

$39.95 $22

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$259 for a Five-Hour Private Boat Charter for Up to Six from Island Ferry ($499 Value)

Island Ferry

Pass-a-Grille Beach

In luxury watercrafts, passengers take in costal views; the BYOB cruises are helmed by U.S. Coast Guard–licensed captains

$499 $259

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Port Canaveral Food Tour for Two or Four from Yummy Florida (Up to 39% Off)

Yummy Florida

Port Canaveral

Visit Exploration Tower and various historical sights, while enjoying samples of the best bits of local cuisine and drink

$98 $60

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$17 for $30 Worth of Wine Tours — Royal Manor Meadery & Winery

Royal Manor Meadery & Winery

Interlachen

The customer is welcome to taste all of our wines and receive one 750 ml bottle of wine per deal.

$30 $17

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Two-Hour Glass-Bottomed-Boat Cruise for Two or Four on the "Key Largo Princess" (Up to 46% Off)

Key Largo Princess

Key Largo

70 ft. yacht shuttles up to 129 guests, who gaze through 280 sq. ft. glass bottom at vibrant coral-reef state park

$70 $39

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Design District Art Tour with Three-Course Meal for Two or Four from The Art Experience (Up to 59% Off)

The Art Experience

The Art Experience

Tourators expose folks to architecture and street art before celebrity chef prepares a three-course meal

$250 $105

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Paranormal Investigation and Ghost Tour for Two or Four from Agency For Eternal Justice (Up to 51% Off)

Agency For Eternal Justice Paranormal Investigators

Multiple Locations

Guides will take tour-goers to paranormal locations and attempt to investigate and contact the spirits during each 90-minute session

$50 $25

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One-Hour Beach Tour for Up to 10 People from Beach Hopper Tours (Up to 56% Off)

Beach Hopper Tours

Fort Lauderdale

Tour Fort Lauderdale's beaches on stretch golf carts that seat up to 10 people

$199 $89

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One-Hour Sightseeing Airplane Tour for One, Two, or Three from South Florida Air Shuttle (Up to 54% Off)

South Florida Air Shuttle

Pembroke Pines

Skilled pilots give sightseers a new perspective of Miami by taking them up in a Piper Cherokee 180 aircraft during one-hour tours

$100 $50

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Two-Hour Electric Trikke Tour for One, Two, or Four from Hollywood Beach Trikke (Up to 59% Off)

Hollywood Beach Trikke

Hollywood Beach - Quadoman

Instructors teach riders how to operate three-wheeled Trikkes then lead tours along the Hollywood Beach boardwalk

$40 $19

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Sunset Celebration Cruise for Two or Four from The Tropics Boat Tours (Up to 51% Off)

The Tropics Boat Tours

Clearwater

Sea captains sail luxury catamaran to Gulf of Mexico, charting courses as the sun goes down on frolicking bottlenose dolphins

$50 $25

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Three-Hour Adventure Tour for Two, Four, or Six from Adventure Lifestyle (Up to 56% Off)

Adventure Lifestyle

Palm Beach Sailing Club Or Other Location

Three-hour journey includes trip to and from island, lunch, kayaking, paddleboarding, snorkeling, fishing, and visiting sites of interest

$450 $225

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One- or Two-Hour Paddleboard Rental with Optional Instruction from Miami Beach Paddleboard (Up to 62% Off)

Miami Watersports LLC

Miami Beach

Paddleboarding instructors teach safety techniques and steering before sending paddlers off into the water fully equipped for 1 or 2 hours

$30 $10

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Two-Hour Scenic Wildlife Boat Tour for One, Two, or Four from Good Natured River Tours (Up to 57% Off)

Good Natured River Tours

Grills River Side

Cruise through the space coast estuary on the scenic Indian River Lagoon, glimpsing dolphins, manatees, and other wildlife

$34 $19

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$18 for a River Excursion or Sunset Cruise for One from Pure Ft. Myers (Up to $35 Value)

Pure Ft. Myers

Ft. Myers River District

Tours include picturesque views of dolphins, manatees, eagles, and seabirds with views of the historic coastline

$35 $18

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History-Based, Two-Hour Segway Tour of Pensacola for One or Two from Emerald Coast Tours (Up to 54% Off)

Emerald Coast Tours

Downtown

After a brief training session, segway tour groups glide through downtown Pensacola to view historical landmarks and monuments

$65 $32

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Sightseeing or Twilight Cruise for One, Two, or Four Adults from Majestic Princess Cruises (Up to 47% Off)

Majestic Princess Cruises

Riviera Beach

Leisurely yacht with onboard eatery Tides 41 traverses the Intracoastal Waterway as narration highlights estates and historical landmarks

$32 $18

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90-Minute Ghost Tour for Two, Four, or Six from The Original Ghost Tours Key West (Up to 52% Off)

The Original Ghost Tours Key West

Key West

Guides lead family-friendly walking tours of Key West, sharing stories of the city’s paranormal history and legendary spirits

$42 $20

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Sea Fari Adventure Cruise for Two Adults or a Family of Four from Sun Line Cruises (48% Off)

Sun Line Cruises

Tarpon Springs

Cruises head to the Gulf of Mexico; a guide shares facts about the estuaries, bayous, wildlife, and shore birds.

$32 $17

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Two-Hour Boat Tour for Up to Four from Turtle Mound River Tours (Up to 44% Off)

Turtle Mound River Tours

Bethune Volusia Beach

Wildlife specialist leads two-hour pontoon tours of the Indian River Lagoon Estuary and Canaveral National Seashore Park

$50 $30

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Segway Tour for One, Two, or Four from Naples Segway Tours (Up to 44% Off)

Naples Segway Tours

Old Naples

Tour the city on a Segway i2 Generation 2 machine to see sighs such as Naples Pier, Third Street South, and Cambier Park

$74 $45

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Two-Hour Pirate-Ship Cruise for Two or Four with Drinks on The Pirate Ship at John's Pass (Up to 51% Off)

The Pirate Ship at John's Pass

Madeira Beach

Sip beer, wine, or soda, and watch for dolphins while the crew leads limbo games, treasure hunts, and dancing

$70 $38

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$175 for a Four-Hour Private Manatee Tour for Up to Six at Nature Coast Manatee Tours (Up to $350 Value)

Nature Coast Manatee Tours

Homosassa

The houseboat boasts satellite TV and a hearty breakfast spread, although swimming alongside manatees trumps those amenities

$350 $175

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$29 for Jax Water Tours' Four-Hour Pontoon Pub Crawl ($49 Value)

Jax Water Tours

St. Augustine

Board the Osprey pontoon and enjoy two complimentary drinks en route to Kingfish Grill and the Conch House

$49 $29

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Port Canaveral Tour for One, Two, or Four from Space Coast Segway Tours, LLC (Up to 66% Off)

Space Coast Segway Tours, LLC

Cape Canaveral

Guides lead segway riders on two-wheeled jaunt down palm-tree-lined paths to see sights such as manatees

$65 $25

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Sunset or Reef Snorkeling Cruise from Gemini Dream Charters (Up to 56% Off)

Gemini Dream Charters

Coral Lagoon Resort

Groups of up to six watch the ocean ignite with reds and oranges on the sunset cruise, or explore the Coffins Patch Reef on a snorkel cruise

$400 $178

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30- or 60-Minute Flight from Top Gun Flight Academy (Up to 50% Off)

Top Gun Flight Academy

Kendall Tamiami Executive Airport

FAA-certified flight instructor takes passengers soaring through the skies during a flight experience

$179 $99

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Real Estate Educational and Leisure Tour of Orlando's East or West District for One or Two (Up to 63% Off)

Discover Leisure Tours

Orlando Premium Outlets Vineland

Resident tour guides show off Orlando's non-tourist neighborhoods, including local eateries and bars, home and estates, and pastimes.

$80 $39

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$1,999 for a Four-Hour Private Yacht Experience for Up to 12 from Coastal Yacht Tours ($3,499 Value)

Coastal Yacht Tours

Fort Lauderdale

Passengers cruise down the New River or Intra-Coastal Waterway aboard a Marquis 690 motor yacht while enjoying provided food and champagne

$3,499 $1,999

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One, Two, or Four Groupons, Each Good for a Ghost Tour from Ghosts of Palm Beach Walking Tours (Up to 62% Off)

Ghosts of Palm Beach Walking Tours

Palm Beach

Explore haunted spots in Palm Beach and learn supernatural stories and historical facts during 1 hour and 45-minute walking tours

$25 $12

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Miami Grand City Tour and Biscayne Bay Tour for One or Two from Miami Adventures (Up to 55% Off)

Miami Adventures

Biscayne Bay

Visit popular Miami haunts such as Little Havana and Coconut Grove before boarding a yacht to explore celebrity homes around Biscayne Bay

$110 $55

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Haunted History Tour for Two or Four from True Tours (54% Off)

True Tours

Downtown Historic District

90-minute tours explore the history as well as it’s sinister, paranormal past

$26 $12

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$19 for 90-Minute Sightseeing Cruise for One from Naples Princess ($36.50 Value)

Naples Princess

Old Naples

Narrated tours aboard a 105-foot luxury yacht showcase the waterways of Naples, the Gulf of Mexico, and Port Royal

$36.50 $19

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Three-Hour Glass-Bottom Boat Manatee-Snorkeling Tour for Four or Six at Paradise Boat Tours (Up to 46% Off)

Paradise Boat Tours

Crystal River

Glass-bottom boat tours explore Crystal River, stopping to let passengers out to swim with the manatees with the help of a guide

$240 $145

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Pirates and Plunder Walking Tour for Two or Four from Tour Saint Augustine Inc. (Up to 50% Off)

Tour Saint Augustine Inc.

Historic Downtown

Pirate guides regale guests with tales of aquatic brigands and buccaneers while illuminating the history of former Spanish supply stop town

$24 $12

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$17 for Two-Hour Boat Tour of the Thousand Islands from Island Boat Lines (Up to $28 Value) 

Island Boat Lines

Cocoa Beach

Naturalists and certified captains narrate tours and guide boats to Cocoa Beach's Thousand Islands, seeking views of Florida wildlife

$28 $17

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Everglades Airboat Tour for One, Two, or Four at Coopertown Airboat Tours (Up to 37% Off)

Coopertown Airboat Tours

Everglades

Airboats travel nine miles through the Everglades, gliding past stretches of sawgrass, alligator holes, and wetland wildlife

$23 $15

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Night Helicopter Tour with Champagne and Photos for One, Two, or Four from HQ Aviation LLC (Up to 56% Off)

HQ Aviation

Orlando

The 40-minute tour of the Orlando skies includes a champagne toast and commemorative photos

$400 $179

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Island City ECO Paddle Lesson and Tour for One or Two from Sunrise Paddleboards (Up to 65% Off)

Sunrise Paddleboards

Bal Harbour

Sightseers navigate standup paddleboards across waterways while exploring the riverside near Island City; tour includes paddleboard lesson

$99 $39

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$47 for a 30-Minute Jet Boat Thrill Ride for Two from Jet Boat Fun LLC ($78 Value)

Jet Boat Fun LLC

Salty Sam's Marina and Parrot Key Caribbean Grill

Helmed by a USCG master captain, Jet Boat Fun zooms passengers around Hurricane Bay while exploring local sights, coves, and inlets

$78 $47

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Pontoon Cruise for Up to 6 or 10 People from Extreme Water Adventures (50% Off)

Extreme Water Adventures

Spanish Quarter

Gather a group of friends, and head out on a dolphin-watching adventure or a picturesque sunset cruise aboard a double-decker pontoon

$400 $199

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High-profile destinations often cite their high ratings on TripAdvisor, which named e2ride bike tours Jacksonville?s No. 1 attraction. However, few boast that they were highly rated by Harriet Beecher Stowe. Her iconic novel, Uncle Tom?s Cabin, is credited with helping to ignite the Civil War, but most of her opinions on travel have been lost to the ages?except on the company?s historical bike tour of Olde Mandarin. As the tour group winds past the lush area?s museums and public parks, the tour guide notes that Stowe dubbed the area ?a tropical paradise.?

On the company?s other tours, guides offer equally juicy historical facts, such as that Riverside-Avondale was originally only occupied by just two homeowners or that Truman Capote vacationed in Springfield. As they learn about the past, groups cycle down present-day roads lined with homes in styles ranging from Tudor and Georgian to Star Warsian.

12001 Mandarin Road
Jacksonville,
FL
US

As they observe the vibrant exhibits of aquatic life inside the Miami Seaquarium, many guests don't realize that they are walking through a movie set and a hospital. In the onsite lagoon, bottlenose dolphins swim through waters once traversed by Flipper, who filmed several television episodes and films at the venue. The Seaquarium is also recognized as a manatee critical care facility. Its staff has accomplished several historic treatments, including monitoring the conception and arrival of the first manatee born under human care and conducting the first manatee neurological surgery.

These facets of the Seaquarium—along with its many conservation efforts, educational programs, and shows—underscore a united commitment to wildlife consciousness. The animal attractions enable visitors to witness the allure and fragility of oceanic fauna up close, whether they are petting the back of a stingray or washing a dress shirt on the rough back of an 8-foot nile crocodile. Special encounters decrease the distance even further, sending patrons on underwater Sea Treks through the reef display or helping them to lead marine-mammal training routines.

It's hard to pinpoint the biggest personality inside the Seaquarium tanks, but Lolita the killer whale—who performs daily alongside pacific white-sided dolphins—claims the title of heaviest, period. On the other end of the scale, macaws and cockatiels perch around the Tropical Wings section of the park, and endangered sea turtles lounge at Discovery Bay. Elsewhere, a watery playground and three-story ropes course keep legs from growing too wobbly after a trip to Shark Channel or a smooch from a sea lion.

4400 Rickenbacker Cswy
Key Biscayne,
FL
US

Founder Carole Baskin never dreamt she'd one day oversee a 55-acre sanctuary inhabited by some of Earth's largest cats. In 1992, she and her late husband were at an exotic-animal auction seeking out llamas for their farm. A man had a 6-month-old bobcat that he could no longer care for, and the pair decided to give it a place to call home. They then traveled to a bobcat breeder for another playmate, but upon seeing the horrible conditions the animals were kept in, they bought all 56 kittens. They rehabilitated them back to health, and gave them permanent homes on their then-40-acre site. Soon, word of her knack for nurturing spread beyond the Tampa area, and callers began donating abandoned or orphaned cats. Her mission to save these animals also reached the ears and hearts of many celebrities, including contributors Harrison Ford and Bo Derek.

After 20 years of hard work and learning, Carole is still caring for abused and abandoned big cats at her rescue site, accommodating more than 100 medium and large creatures from bengal tigers and black leopards to lynx and lions. Her staff of volunteers helps care for the animals and leads groups in tours that educate visitors on the plight of these animals both in the wild and in captivity.

12802 Easy St
Tampa,
FL
US

The thrum of the speedboat's engine carries through the water like an ice-cream truck's jingle. A 4-foot-high wake trails behind, fanning out into a fork as the speed increases and the passengers ready their cameras. Soon, a glistening fin breaks the surface. The first bottlenose dolphin seems to levitate on top of the wave while it bodysurfs for the sheer fun of it, then disappears back into the sea. Its pod follows suit, leaping, splashing, and riding the swells, soaking up the attention of the human spectators.

Sights like this are typical on the Dolphin Racer Speed Boat. The sunny yellow craft skirts across the Gulf of Mexico on 60- to 75-minute trips while up to 125 people lounge on the open deck and the captain narrates the sights of the passing beaches. Ample viewing space ensures that cameras can capture split-second jumps and spins when the dolphins heed the call to play. Whether it's because of the thrill of breaching, the pride in their celebrity status, or an underwater bet to see who can communicate with humans first, the dolphins' presence is virtually guaranteed—the boat offers a complimentary future cruise in the case of no-shows.

3400 Pasadena Ave. S
St. Petersburg,
FL
US

The only way to get into Gatorland is to walk straight into an alligator's toothy maw. The giant mouth provides entrance to 110 acres of marshy wildlife preserve––home to a vast ecosystem populated by thousands of alligators, crocodiles, and birds, including rare wading birds and four rare white alligators. Among these, more than 130 gators splash and lounge in the park’s breeding marsh, which visitors can view safely from a three-story observation tower or while sitting on the shoulders of Kareem Abdul Jabbar.

Yet one of the biggest thrills of Gatorland is the reptile's raw power. Visitors can see this on full display during the Gator Jumparoo show, where alligators leap four to five feet out of the water to snag food directly from a trainer’s hands, or during the Gator Wrestlin' Show, where a handler demonstrates survival skills. True thrill-seekers can even dangle over the breeding marsh while riding the 65-foot-tall Screamin’ Gator Zip Line. And to experience the unsettling sensation of stumbling upon a swamp filled with alligators at night, the Night Shine takes participants deep into gator territory armed with only a flashlight and a few hot dogs.

14501 S Orange Blossom Trl.
Orlando,
FL
US

Pilot your brain-plane into a four-way collision with history, nature, and wildlife at the Tallahassee Museum, where wild-lovers can wander 52 acres of Florida florae and faunae as it floridly lounges in the state's natural greenhouse atmosphere. Saunter along the Habitat Trail, via elevated boardwalks that allow you to view animals from above without intruding into their habitats and TV-watching habits. In addition to waterfowl, foxes, white-tailed deer, wild turkey, and river otters, you’ll catch glimpses of the endangered Florida panther, the state’s official mammal, and the endangered red wolf. Step into the pre-Internet world your parents and older siblings grew up in at Big Bend Farm, an 1880s living farmstead with a restored period farmhouse and kitchen, as well as reconstructions of an outhouse, blacksmith shed, and smokehouse. Historical voyeurs, meanwhile, can peer inside the rear windows of the restored 1850s plantation house of Catherine Murat, George Washington’s great-grandniece, who later became part of French royalty by marrying Prince Achille Murat, the nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte. With a plethora of annual events coming up, such as the upcoming Market Days on Dec. 4 and 5, you’ll have plenty of more stimulating things to do this winter than hibernate and alphabetize your action figures.

3945 Museum Dr.
Tallahassee,
FL
US