Exploring the Everglades: Your Complete Guide

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Naples, Florida, known for its stunning beaches and luxurious lifestyle, is also a gateway to one of America's most unique natural wonders - the Everglades. This expansive subtropical wilderness, teeming with wildlife and rich biodiversity, offers an array of exploration opportunities for nature enthusiasts and adventurers alike.

The Everglades are always a hot topic amongst our guests in our luxury Naples Florida rentals. Guests often want to explore the natural beauty of the Everglades but don’t know where to start. Here’s a guide on how to experience the Everglades on your next trip.

Airboat Tours

Embark on an exhilarating airboat ride through the maze of mangrove forests and sawgrass prairies. These guided tours provide an up-close look at the Everglades' diverse ecosystem while gliding over shallow waters at high speeds. Keep your camera ready to capture glimpses of alligators, wading birds, and maybe even a shy manatee. Several tour operators in the Naples area offer different durations and packages, ensuring there's an option for every adventurer. One group that we like to promote to our guests is Everglades City Airboat Tours, a wonderful outfit that is still family owned.

Kayaking and Canoeing

For a more serene and intimate experience, paddle your way through the tranquil waterways of the Everglades. Rent a kayak or canoe and explore at your own pace, immersing yourself in the sights and sounds of this natural paradise. Many outfitters provide guided tours led by knowledgeable naturalists who offer insights into the ecosystem's intricacies while leading you to hidden gems off the beaten path. Check our Everglades Adventures for their Eco Tours.

Hiking Trails

Lace up your hiking boots and hit the trails to discover the Everglades' terrestrial beauty. Several well-marked paths wind through the park, ranging from short boardwalk loops to longer wilderness treks. Take a leisurely stroll along the Anhinga Trail to observe alligators lounging in the sun or venture deeper into the backcountry on trails like the Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk. Remember to bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and insect repellent, especially during the warmer months. Check out the National Park Service trail guides here.

Wildlife Watching

The Everglades is a haven for wildlife, with hundreds of species calling it home. Keep your eyes peeled for iconic residents like the American alligator, as well as a plethora of bird species including herons, egrets, and roseate spoonbills. Birdwatchers will be in paradise here, with ample opportunities for spotting both migratory and resident avian species. Binoculars are a must-have accessory for any wildlife-watching excursion. Wooten’s offers Everglades Boardwalk Tours. Check out their site here.

Ranger-Led Programs

Make the most of your Everglades experience by participating in ranger-led programs and educational activities. From guided walks to informative talks, these programs offer valuable insights into the park's natural and cultural history. Check with the Everglades National Park visitor centers in Naples for schedules and availability.

Photography Expeditions

With its stunning vistas and abundant wildlife, the Everglades provides endless opportunities for photography enthusiasts. Join a specialized photography tour led by experienced guides who can help you capture the essence of this unique landscape. Whether you're a novice or seasoned photographer, you're sure to come away with memorable shots to cherish for a lifetime. Famous local photographer Clyde Butcher offers a variety of experiences through his studio.

Sunset Cruises

End your day in the Everglades with a magical sunset cruise along the park's waterways. Relax aboard a boat as the sun dips below the horizon, painting the sky with hues of orange and pink. It's the perfect way to unwind after a day of exploration while savoring the natural beauty of this extraordinary wilderness. One group that offers sunset tours is Everglades Area Tours.

Another destination we like to recommend to guests when exploring the Everglades is Everglades City. To learn more about how to make most of your day trip to Everglades City, check out our blog here.


Exploring the Everglades from Naples, Florida, is an adventure like no other. Whether you prefer adrenaline-pumping excursions or peaceful nature walks, there's something for everyone in this captivating ecosystem. So pack your sense of adventure and get ready to immerse yourself in the wonders of the Everglades! As always, if you stay with us in one of our luxury Naples Florida rentals we are always available with personalized travel tips and recommendations.