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Marco Island, Florida Activities and Attractions

Marco Island has retained much of the natural beauty of its beginning when the Calusa Indians inhabited the island over 5,000 years ago. Lush tropical foliage and over 200 species of birds including the American Bald Eagle are found here providing opportunities for birdwatching as well as outdoor enthusiasts. The azure waters of the Gulf invite boaters to spend endless hours in the sun, whether to fish or just relax! In addition to boating and fishing, there is shelling snorkeling, windsurfing, ecotours and shopping - something for everyone!

Captain Steve's Swamp Buggy Adventures

 

Address:
Big Cypress National Preserve welcome center

33100 Tamiami Trail E
Ochopee FL
34141

Phone:
1-877-871-5386
or 239-695-2186


See the Everglades like local gladesman have for over 100 years. Since the 1930's the swamp buggy has been unique to South Florida.
Tour with a 5th generation Gladesman and listen to stories from the past and learn about future Everglades restoration.
You'll ride high above the grasslands and through ancient cypress swamp, across pine islands, and North Americas only sub- tropical wilderness.

Dolphin Explorer

 

Address:
Marco Island, Florida
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Phone:
800-979-3370
239-642-6899

Discovery, Exploration & Adventure - Take Our Eco-Tour - We See Dolphin Every Day!
Join the Crew of the Dolphin Explorer" On the Only Bottlenose Dolphin Study in Southwest Florida!

Everglades Island Boat Tours

 

Address:
929 Dupont Street
Everglades City, FL
34139

Phone:
239-
Email:
evergladeairboat@aol.com


Small Airboats with Native guides. The Only Airboat Ride that gives you a choice ...Back Country or Open Water to a Private Island

Kayak Rentals at Naples Bay Resort

 

Address:
1500 Fifth Avenue South
Naples, Florida
34102

Phone:
239-530-5134

Experience paradise from an up close and personal perspective. Naples Bay Resort is located on the edge of a mangrove forest waiting to be explored by its guests. See the egret and heron perched on the roots of a mangrove tree waiting for lunch to swim by; nature abounds as you quietly slip thru the water in a kayak with it all at your fingertips. Discover the Bay with Naples Bay Resort - Kayaks.
Single One Person Kayak - $10 per day, Double Two Person Kayak - $15 per day

Key West Express

 

Address:
951 Bald Eagle Dr
Marco Island, Florida
and
1200 Main Street
Ft. Myers Beach, Florida

Enjoy the tropical island paradise of Key West, in just 3 1/2 hours when you travel with Key West Express to America's Southernmost City. Getting there & back is half the FUN when you travel with Key West Express. Once you are welcomed aboard, your tropical vacation begins. Enjoy a Margarita from the bar or a bite to eat from our galley, sit back and let us get you there in style. Stay a day, weekend or forever. You decide and Key West Express will provide the ride!

See Manatees

 

Address:
525 Newport Drive
Naples Florida
34114

Phone:
239-642-8818


Take the whole family on this exciting 1 hour private boat trip into a remote Everglades manatee hideout. Trips are by appointment only ~ Call Captains Barry and Carol at 239-642-8818. Captains Barry and Carol Berger offer guaranteed private manatee sightseeing trips (for a maximum of 6 passengers), giving you the unique opportunity to get up close and personal with these amazing gentle creatures . . . and if you don?t see a manatee you don?t pay for the trip!

Shurr Adventures

 

Address:

Everglades City and Chokoloskee Bay
Florida

Phone:
239-695-2576
or
1-877-45-KAYAK

No experience necessary! Guided Kayak Eco-Trips in Everglades National Park or Big Cypress Preserve with a small family owned business. Follow your guides Justin and Alli through mangrove tunnels past wading birds and alligators or explore the 10,000 islands in search of dolphins and manatees. Join us for a combo trip and see both ecosystems in one day! We are certified Florida master naturalists. Join us and feel like you are paddling with friends!

Speedy's Airboat Tours

 

Address:
621 Begonia Street
Everglades City, FL
33929

Phone:
239-695-4448


Experience the Florida Everglades on our unique 6 passenger airboats! The only airboats in Everglades City with elevated seating for better visibility! You will be amazed by the wonders of the Everglades as you travel from the Mangrove Jungles onto the sawgrass prairies. Only on the true airboats can you experience both!

Marco Island Beaches
Locations of Marco Island beaches, hours, facilities available - including Tigertail Beach, Residents Beach and South Beach

Camping

Golf
Florida Golf Guide provides information about upcoming golf events, golf courses, resorts, communities and photo album.

Hiking at Rookery Bay Reserve
Trails Through Time... Located near the end of Shell Island Road, the Trails Through Time is a series of three trails each approximately mile long. Botanical signage has been installed along the trails to assist visitors in identifying the various native trees and ecosystems.

Local Parks
Locations of Marco Island Parks with information about facilities and hours

Shelling
Shelling can be a wonderful experience if you plan for it and are prepared. There are several things you should do before you start:

1. Check the tides. While low tide is best because more shells will be exposed as the water recedes, you should allow time for gathering your treasures. If you plan to walk across an inlet to a sand bar, start earlier so you won't find yourself on the sand bar at high tide. Incoming tide currents can be strong and pose a problem for your safe return to shore....read more »

State and National Parks/Sanctuaries

Canoeing & Kayaking
"The main attraction for paddlers is Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, which encompasses Rookery Bay, its namesake, and 110,000 acres of uplands, islands, and estuaries from Gordon Pass at Naples to Everglades National Park. Some 150 species of birds live in the estuarine research reserve, including bald eagles, ospreys, roseate spoonbills, black skimmers, and least terns...Rookery Bay opened a 16,500-square foot visitors center and marine laboratory in 2003. To reach the visitors center and headquarters, located between Marco and Naples, turn right off CR 951 south of US 41 on Tower Road. You can also access a canoe trail through Rookery Bay and visit The Conservancy's Briggs Nature Center by turning right off CR 951 on Shell Island Road, just south of the Rookery Bay headquarters."
by Jeff Ripple, author, Day Paddling - Florida's 10,000 Islands and Big Cypress Swamp