Green lodging, Everglades tours, airboat rides and more
Still more wilderness than most people realize and home to some of the world's most endangered animals, Florida is the perfect place for ecotourism and nature tours.
Nobody else has the Everglades, the great sea of grass, and the first national park ever created to protect the animals and their habitat and not to preserve spectacular rock and forest formations.
The Everglades remain the home of two distinct Indian groups, the Seminoles and the Miccosukees, neither native to Florida but who moved to the Florida wilderness to escape European expansionism.
Florida Ecotourism Activities
Flamingo Marina Everglades National Park
Everglades Indian Villages The Florida Seminole and Miccosukee Indians are among the least known in the United States, and for good reason. They fled to the Everglades to avoid pursuing U.S. troops. Visits to these attractions are the best ways to see what remains of their native cultures.
Everglades Ecotours Near Miami You don't have to go deep into the Everglades to get a taste of it on these day trips.
Orlando Airboat Rides Even the world's theme park capital has ecotours into what technically are part of the Everglades' headwaters.
Manatees - Where to See Them Considered by some to be the basis of the mermaid legend, manatees are perhaps the only mammal with no natural enemies. Yet they remain threatened/endangered. Florida's clear fresh water springs are the best place in the world to see them.
Sea Turtle Walks Join an unforgettable walk and watching a nesting loggerhead sea turtle lay her eggs. Spots for these night walks held in June and July tend to fill up in May.