Snapping pictures of wildlife benefits both parties, as the human receives a memorable keepsake, and the animal gets to feel as famous as Air Bud. Capture nature's movie stars with today's Groupon: for $39, you get a two-hour powerboat birding and photography tour with Everglades Area Tours (up to a $79.95 value).
The tour traverses the wetlands of the Everglades, which are teeming with exotic birds, alligators, and lush vegetation. A naturalist will accompany no more than six sightseers on a boat, affording plenty of space to draw lungfuls of fresh palm-swept air and snap postcard-worthy shots of roseate spoonbills and brown-spotted sporks. Search the skies for eagles, hawks, and ospreys, but don’t forget to scour the waters below for manatees, dolphins, and other legless marine beings. Tours leave five times per day from the Calusa Island Marina in Marco Island/Goodland and reservations are required.
Deposit not required. Admission of attendants 11 or younger is half of $79.95 value.
- In water perhaps a foot deep, with mangrove trees so close that it was sometimes not possible to paddle (you pull yourself by the branches through the swamp river), with headlamps illuminating the red eyes of gators only yards away, the experience was one I never imagined having and am eternally grateful not to have missed. – 66, TripAdvisor
- The guide was very friendly and knowledgeable…The nature was beautiful we saw many birds, jumping fish, manatees, a small shark (!), a huge crab and many dolphins. – Clif38, TripAdvisor