Flamingo Gardens: Everglades Eco Tour: Encounter Wildlife in the Wetlands

Everglades Eco Tour: Encounter Wildlife in the Wetlands

Davie, United States

Flamingo Gardens

Non-profit organization

4 hours
From$20 USDper person

Flamingo Garden's mission is to depict, preserve, and provide education about the natural and cultural heritage of South Florida and the Everglades in our botanical gardens and wildlife sanctuary.

Tour Highlights

  • Explore the Everglades wildlife sanctuary and botanical gardens to support endangered plant and wildlife recovery.
  • Meet over 90 species of Florida native birds and animals like alligators, otters, eagles, peacocks and flamingos.
  • Take a narrated tram tour through some of the last original jungle growth in Florida.

Tour revenue will support the preservation of the natural and cultural heritage of South Florida and the Everglades by providing a repository for endangered plant and wildlife species.

Tour Details

  • Frequency

    Any day by appointment

  • Start Time

    Flexible

  • Duration

    4 hours

  • Good For

    Adults, Families, Professionals, People with disabilities, Children 3+

  • Languages

    English

  • Tour Participants

    1 to 100

  • Difficulty

    Easy (short walking distances, low or no physical effort)

  • Clothing & Equipment

    Comfortable shoes for walking, Mosquito repellent

  • Volunteer Opportunities

    Yes

Tour Description

Flamingo Gardens is a 60-acre nonprofit Botanical Garden Collection of native, exotic, and rare plant species. It is also an Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary for injured and endangered animals. Flamingo Gardens has been a part of the South Florida community for the past 91 years.

Your admission to Flamingo Gardens will offer you a taste of the Tropical environment of South Florida and the past. The Wray Botanical Collection features 17 of the largest trees of their species in the state making them Florida Champion Trees as certified by the Florida Forestry Service. Specialized gardens include the Butterfly, Hummingbird, Bromeliad and Croton Gardens. The centerpiece is a natural hammock of 200-year-old Live Oak trees dripping with orchids and epiphytes.

The Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary is home to the largest collection of Florida native wildlife and includes alligators, bobcats, otters, eagles, panthers, peacocks and of course, flamingos. It is residence to over 90 species of birds and animals, most of which are permanently injured and/or non-releasable. The Bird of Prey Center features hawks, falcons, owls, osprey, and other raptors. The Free-flight Aviary contains over 250 wading birds, representing 45+ species, making it one of the largest wading bird collections in the country.

Take a 25-minute narrated tour by tram through a tropical rainforest, wetlands, and some of the last natural jungle growth in Florida. Learn about the plants, wildlife, and history of Flamingo Gardens. You can disembark at the Wetlands Walkway created to mitigate natural wetland degradation due to local development. The area manages flooding, irrigates the botanical gardens, and provides sanctuary to many of the juvenile birds that are born in the Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary. You can also disembark at the Pioneer Walkway to visit some of the original jungle growth in South Florida that still remains as it has for over 100 years, much as it would have appeared when Seminole Indians occupied it.

Three times a day in the Birds of Prey Theater a show is presented. The Wildlife Encounter Show lets visitors get a closer look at Florida native wildlife. The Wonders of the Everglades show is both live and a visual experience taking you on a trip into the Everglades for a look at the animals, birds and the amazing natural habitats of the Everglades.
Take a tour of the Wray Home Museum. Built in 1933, this original weekend residence of Floyd & Jane Wray, founders of Flamingo Gardens, is now a historical site and museum providing a glimpse of life in South Florida in the 1930’s. Tour guides in the Museum are always there for you to take you on a trip to the past and to answer all your many questions.

Vetted & Visited By

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Leo & Rachel
December 2, 2016

1 Visitor Review

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    David Smith ●  Feb 27, 2018

    Very nice experience.

Tour Start Address

3750 S Flamingo Road, Davie, Florida 33330 ​(between Griffin Road and I-595), Davie, Florida, United States

How To Get There

Take I-95 North or South to I-595. Take I-595 West to Flamingo Road/ Hiatus Road, (combined Exit 2 & 3). Follow the signs for Flamingo Road Exit 2.Turn left on Flamingo Road South at the traffic light. Travel south 2.5 miles to traffic light at SW 36th Ct. Flamingo Gardens is on the left (east side).

More About Flamingo Gardens

Mission

To preserve the natural and cultural heritage of South Florida and the Everglades by providing a repository for endangered plant and wildlife species in addition to bringing environmental awareness to visitors, residents and school children.

Main Programs

  • Wildlife adoption

  • Youth camps

  • School field trips

Awards & Recognition

South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Notable Press Mention
USA Today
Fort Lauderdale's 10 Best Attractions
Trip Advisor
Certificate of Excellence 2016
Nicklaus Children's Hospital
Partner
Whole Foods Market
Partner