My husband and I were going to canoe the canal but when we got to Flamingo my back was playing up so we took the boat tour. How glad were we ?
The tour is very informative and our guide did a fantastic job pointing out stuff we would never have spotted. And we went a long way further than we ever would have in a canoe. You go all along the canal, across Coot Bay, down Tarpon Creek and just to Whitewater Bay - where the salt and fresh water mix.
We saw big crocodiles, baby crocodiles, anhingas, lots of egrets, vultures, also he told us a lot about the different kinds of mango trees how they grow etc, poisonous trees, orchids, airplants etc. what we learnt made the Everglades a lot more interesting when we walked the trails later on.
He also gave us some history of the park. The manmade buttonwood canal was an environmental disaster which it took the Park 25 years to correct !
I note another reviewer below says you will be bored to death. You won't, believe me. And when you see how hot and unhappy most of the canoeists look you will feel smug, we did !!
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