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Five award-winning adventures offered by Friends

Bruce Bunch September 18, 2016 News and Events
Naturalists Patrick Higgins and Glen Stacell display 2016 TripAdvisor certificate of excellence

Naturalists Patrick Higgins and Glen Stacell display 2016 TripAdvisor certificate of excellence

The Friends of Fakahatchee have announced their fall 2016 schedule of five adventures to introduce visitors to Florida’s largest state park, Fakahatchee Strand Preserve. For the second consecutive year, TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site, has named Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park and its boardwalk a Certificate of Excellence winner. The award recognizes attractions listed on TripAdvisor that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews.
A two-hour Moonlit Tram Tour of the Fakahatchee starting at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, October 16 is the group’s first offering of the season. The $40 moonlit tours will also be offered Nov. 14 and Dec. 14. These tours sell out rapidly.
Daytime naturalist-led Ghostrider Tram Tours from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. get underway Nov. 15 and are offered for $25 per person each Tuesday through Dec. 20. The tours are named for the famous ghost orchid found in the park.
Original Fakahatchee Swamp Walks are scheduled on three Saturdays— Nov. 19, Dec. 3 and Dec. 10. On these five-hour adventures, naturalists lead participants deep into the swamp in knee high water. Swamp walks begin at 9:30 am and are $80 for adults and $60 for teens.
The Combination Tram Tour and Swamp Walk begins Thursday, Nov. 17 at 9:30 a.m. and is also offered on Dec. 1, 8, and 15. This popular four-hour tour pairs a one-hour swamp walk with a guided tram tour for $60 per person.
The Friends’ newest offering is a 90-minute tour of the Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk on the Tamiami Trail. High-tech headsets allow participants to hear the naturalist without disturbing the tranquility of this national natural landmark site. The tours are offered on Wednesdays at 9 a.m. starting Nov. 16 for $20 per person.
For complete details and reservations, click HERE.