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Miami Day Trip with Optional Everglades Airboat Ride or Star Island Cruise

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Overview

Enjoy two of Florida’s most popular destinations — Miami and the Florida Everglades — on this full-day trip from Orlando. Look for alligators and other wildlife on an airboat adventure through Everglades National Park. Then head to the beaches of Miami and shop till you drop at Bayside Marketplace, upgrade for a leisurely cruise on Biscayne Bay and spend time in the Art Deco district of South Beach. Pickup and drop-off from select locations, plus a delicious continental breakfast to go are included.
  • Take an exciting airboat ride through Everglade National Park in search of alligators
  • Shop at Miami’s bustling Bayside Marketplace
  • Enjoy a 1.5-hour cruise along Biscayne Bay to see the homes of the rich and famous
  • Spend time in South Beach admiring the famous Art Deco architecture
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Packed continental breakfast
Air-conditioned vehicle
Professional guide
Pickup and drop off (select locations only)
Local taxes
Lunch
Gratuities
Star Island Cruise (upgrade available on day of tour - additional cost)
Airboat ride (upgrade available on day of tour)

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6:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Start the day with an early morning hotel pickup in an air-conditioned coach in Orlando, then enjoy the drive south for this Everglades National Park tour near Miami. There will be several stops along the way and a continental breakfast to go will be served during the trip. The driving time from Orlando to Miami is approximately four hours.

The park is the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States and protects the land that is home to rare and endangered species like the manatee, the American crocodile and the Florida panther. On this wild, 30-minute airboat ride through Florida’s famous eco-system and swamp lands, be on the lookout for alligators and more. Then get closer to them on an interactive snake and alligator show, with some great photo opportunities to remember the day with.

After leaving the park, it's a 1-hour drive to Miami. First, enjoy some free time to shop and wander and grab some food at Bayside Marketplace. Here, you can upgrade to include a 1.5-hour cruise on Biscayne Bay along Miami’s scenic waterway. Check out the celebrity homes, from Hibiscus Island to Star Island and beyond. 

Back on solid ground, close the day with a visit to lively South Beach and its famous Art Deco District. Walk through the neighborhood and admire the architecture, grab something to eat, shop and soak up the distinctive culture that makes South Beach one of the most popular hot spots in the world.

Finally, board the coach for the 4-hour return trip to Orlando.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Everglades National Park
Get a head start on your day with early-morning pickup from Orlando. Relax on the drive south to Everglades National Park, where you’ll take an exciting airboat tour. Stop periodically throughout the drive to stretch your legs, and enjoy a light breakfast on board. The driving time from Orlando to Miami is approximately four hours. Speed through the tall grass of the Florida Everglades on a 30-minute airboat ride in search of real Florida locals – alligators! After your exhilarating ride, come even closer to these creatures during an interactive alligator show. Learn about these amazing animals from the experts and enjoy some great photo opportunities.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Bayside Marketplace
After your Airboat adventure, you will head to Miami, located about an hour away. Enjoy free time at Bayside Marketplace to shop, walk around and grab a bite to eat. You will have the opportunity to upgrade to include a relaxing 1.5-hour cruise along Miami’s scenic waterways. Admire the Miami skyline as you cruise along Biscayne Bay and circle around Hibiscus Island and Star Island to see the homes of many famous celebrities. Or you can just soak up the sights and sounds of Miami's Bayside Harbor.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
South Beach
After docking back at shore, end your day with a visit to South Beach, a lively neighborhood in the city of Miami Beach. The neon strip of waterfront is famous for its Art Deco district and its white sandy beach. Make sure to take a walk through the neighborhood during your free time to admire the area’s architecture and culture along the way. You can also use this time to grab some food or coffee and browse Miami’s famous designer stores and boutiques. Then settle back and rest on the 4-hour drive back to Orlando.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Island Queen Cruises & Tours
Upgrade your tour to include a fully-narrated bilingual sightseeing cruise along scenic Biscayne Bay – a top-rated thing to do in Miami! See the spectacular coastal sites including the beautiful downtown Miami skyline, the Port of Miami, Fisher Island, Miami Beach and “Millionaire’s Row” – the homes of the rich and famous.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 5 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Post COVID-19 Safety Updates - We politely request that you refrain from taking this tour should you start displaying any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19, or if you are at a high risk of contracting the disease. All driver/guides will be required to wear masks. Face masks are recommended but not mandatory, so please bring your own if you wish to wear one. The size of the vehicle used will be adjusted based on the number of passengers to allow for social distancing and all safety guide lines regarding vehicle sanitation will be followed.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 1 travelers
  • OPERATED BY City Sightseeing Orlando
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Miami Day Trip with Optional Everglades Airboat Ride or Star Island Cruise?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Miami Day Trip with Optional Everglades Airboat Ride or Star Island Cruise?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Miami Day Trip with Optional Everglades Airboat Ride or Star Island Cruise.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Miami Day Trip with Optional Everglades Airboat Ride or Star Island Cruise?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Miami Day Trip with Optional Everglades Airboat Ride or Star Island Cruise.

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star-1
False promises!
OnAir59395615304
, May 2019
We booked this trip as a group of 8 friends and the trip was supposed to have taken us to the Everglades National park. We were taken to a different park which was not as good.I contacted Viator to express my disappointment and was told someone would contact me. No one has and that's bad customer service.
star-5
Everything listed regarding the trip...
Judith S
, Feb 2018
Everything listed regarding the trip came true. Our driver/tour guide was very helpful with every step of the way. The suggestions were taken and they were very much appreciated. Examples included where to eat, where to shop, driving to Miamiso I didn't have to, driving around the city, and finally what to look for along the way. The only suggestion I would have would be to have a cooler filled with bottled water.
star-5
This tour was everything I wanted it...
Liverlets
, Jul 2017
This tour was everything I wanted it to be, got collected early 6.30am on sat morn lovely tour guide Lisa, got handed a fab breakfast and then off we went, double decker bus and the kids had movies on it. Everglades was amazing, 5Star service and also Miami! You absolutely made our day.
star-5
This tour was a highlight of our...
Scott C
, Jun 2017
This tour was a highlight of our holiday. Madeline our tour driver was amazing!! Would highly recommend this tour.
star-5
This tour was absolutely incredible...
Ashona
, Apr 2017
This tour was absolutely incredible. I live in an Eastern coastal city but nothing can beat the electric, chilled out, 'living the life' vibe that Miami has.. I had a limited amount of time on my trip to Florida and wanted to do it all in one day. This tour certainly delivered, from a boat cruise to the Island of the rich and famous to the airboat ride through the Everglades searching for aligators. All of our tour guides were exceptional, striking the perfect balance between being knowledgeable and entertaining. The bus ride to and from Miami was comfortable and smooth. The breakfast offered was basic but satifying. There is only one stop on the way to Miami and back but this is sufficient, as the ride was 3-3.5 hours there and back. This tour is suitable for all ages and I encourage you to go just remember your sunscreen and a towel because you will definitely be sinking your toes into the sand.
star-5
We had a wonderful day! It was a...
Danielle L
, Oct 2016
We had a wonderful day! It was a very full day and the highlight for us was the airboat ride. Also loved the Miami cruise. If anything I felt we had a little bit too long in South Beach, but I understand that some people may want to swim and the time allocated would allow for that.
star-2
Very long and rushed day which...
BARRY B
, Oct 2016
Very long and rushed day which started off with the coach being over booked so passengers had to get off, with Paul from Florida Dophin Tours publicly blaming Thomas Cook for the error...bit unprofessional really. We had been up since 4:30am to be ready for a 6am pickup which didn't set off till nearly 7am! Headed off late on a 4 hour trip to the Everglades, it was great there, great boat ride and sights, but when we docked were then rushed round other animals as the trip was running late. Headed off then to Miami South Beach, didn't get much time there as wonderful as it was before we were herded back on the coach to head into central Miami, Bayside Market are for the Star Cruise and shopping...were rushed round that, only got time to grab lunch at 3:45 pm before we had to get on the Star Cruise boat. Nice cruise although disappointed to learn that half the houses they pointed out turned out to be former residence of a number of stars NOT homes they have know! What a swizz :- Docked back after the cruise, no time to shop then headed back onto the coach for a 4 hour trip back to Orlando. So many great sights to see, but they were crammed in and you couldn't enjoy them as much as you'd like too. Would not recommend this trip to anyone who wants to soak up all Miami has to offer.
star-1
Despite a hurricane warning in place...
Suzan M
, Sep 2016
Despite a hurricane warning in place just a day prior, and the weather forecasting thunder and lightning storms, our tour operator decided to go to the Everglades although we were unable to experience anything there was a thunder cell came through. I felt this was only because that way, we would be unable to ask for our money back as we did not go to the Everglades. We were left in South Beach without much advice about where to go, and the information we received in our tour package made it seem as if we would have the option to take a tour around the area once we arrived. Although we did not leave late from Orlando or Miami, and despite not having the full time in Snodgrass/Everglades, and not encountering traffic, we did not arrive back at the hotel for two and a half hours after our scheduled time. We were very disappointed with this, and even more frustrated as I specifically asked the company during booking if it would be possible to have an allergy friendly breakfast provided or if we should supply our own- they kept insisting it would be fine and be in the notes, and upon opening the bags we were greeting with allergy dense foods. Fortunately we also brought our own food with us, but the frustration of them insisting we'd be provided for and nothing being done also brought down the tour.
star-1
The day trip was far too long...
Patrick D
, Jul 2016
The day trip was far too long - majority of the day driving.
star-5
Enjoyed Miami tour and free time...
Steven B
, Jul 2016
Enjoyed Miami tour and free time. Would have loved to see a few more alligators in the everglades

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