Wildlife has dropped off since the heavy May rains. My gator count was down to 30 gators for the Half Day Everglades trip in mid June. If you have the time, i recommend the Full Day Everglades, as the Ten Thousand Islands continue spectacular. The Half day Everglades should return to spectacular once water levels drop in October.
5 hour includes:
Miccosukee airboat to their tree island about 40 mnutes
Back road where there are plenty of alligators up close
Big Cypress National Preserve where wildlife increases dramatically.
Clyde Butcher gallery in the heart of BIg Cypress, a Ranger station and many other gator spots
- Miccosukee Airboat ride to a tree island where Miccosukee lived for generations
- Several stops in Big Cypress
- Clyde Butcher Photo Gallery with short swamp trail behind
- Private airboat available with upgrade. Private airboat worth upgrade but limited available times. 24 hour advance notice required. Scenery borders Big Cypress, so slightly different from tree island.
NATIVE AMERICAN CULTURE
The tree island we dock on is part of the many hammocks rich in Native American culture where only Miccosukee are allowed to operate in this area. This area is completely natural, no man-made canals interfere with the water flow. Tour covers Calusa, Tekesta, Seminole and Miccosukee tribes
No Animal Show
If your ideal Everglades trip is getting a selfie of you and a baby alligator with its mouth taped shut, I am not the guide for you.
This tour focuses on wildlife in Big Cypress, not in a cage. And Native American heritage, Calusa, Tekesta, Seminole and Miccosukke. Everything they hid from us in our history books. The Miccosukee consider the Everglades their mother that saved them from the US Army’s genocide.
BIG CYPRESS NATIONAL PRESERVE
Big Cypress is where wildlife increases dramatically, beginning just 5 minutes west of our airboat. Its crazy that most tour operators don’t take the extra time.
The Seminoles were chased down into Florida fleeing General Andrew Jackson, who wanted to recapture the escaped slaves that fought side by side with the Seminoles. Jackson had to lie about recapturing slaves as Northern states would never have approved funding the 40 year long Seminole Wars
Chief Osceola was the most rebellious native American in US history. Much of Florida’s real history was hidden to protect the white nationalists that ruled Tallahickee. The Daughters of the Confederacy determine what is taught.
Private airboat tours are available with 24 hour notice. The scenery is slightly better, closer to Big Cypress, and time can be extended up to two hours.