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Ghost Rider Tram Tours


Friends of FakahatcheeYou don’t have to get your feet wet or drive your car down Janes Scenic Drive to see the wonders of the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park.

You can ‘leave the driving to the us’ – by day or by moonlight – when you sign up for one of the Friends of Fakahatchee Tram Tours. If you want to get your feet wet, our Introduction to Swamp Walk with Tram Tour combines the best of both worlds.

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Fakahatchee Ghost Rider Tram Tour

The ‘Ghost Rider’ tram, named in honor of the famous Ghost Orchid found in the Park, allows you look at wildlife and plants without having to watch the road. The 20-passenger tram is wheelchair accessible, and some seats face backwards.

An experienced guide leads each 2 1/2 hour tram tour and points out interesting aspects of the park. The tour takes you past wet prairie where you’ll learn about the underlying geology that shapes the landscape. It stops at a slough to give you a window into the strand. It gives you the opportunity to take a guided 15-minute walk down an old logging path to see numerous air plants, a variety of ferns, and seasonally blooming orchids.

This is an outdoor event, so please dress appropriately for the weather; wear secure, closed toe shoes for brief walks at tram stops.

The Ghost Rider Tram Tour is $25 per person. For more information, to see available dates, and to purchase tickets visit the Eventbrite page for the Fakahatchee Ghost Rider Tram Tour.


Moonlit Tram Tour

On a Moonlit Fakahatchee Tram Tour you can view the magnificent Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park under the illumination of a full moon. These tours start just as the sun is setting – prime time for photography and spotting some of the mammal residents of the Strand as well as birds settling in for the evening.

Experienced naturalists lead each tram tour and will introduce you to denizens of the night, including fireflies, bats and owls. City-dwellers will be amazed at how their vision changes as their eyes adapt to the light the moon provides. Evenings can be quite cool when the Moonlit Tour is offered. Check the weather report and dress appropriately for the night of your tour.

The Moonlit Tram Tour is $35 per person. For more information, to see available dates, and to purchase tickets visit the Eventbrite page for the Moonlit Tram Tour.

Official FOF Swamp Walks

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Friends of FakahatcheeIf you want to get your feet wet, our Introduction to Swamp Walk with Tram Tour combines the best of both worlds. Want to get wetter? Our longer Naturalist-led Swamp Walk may be for you. If you truly want to immerse yourself in the Fakahatchee, go for the Biologist Swamp Walk, which takes place six miles into the Preserve.

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Introduction to Swamp Walk with Tram Tour

This tour combines elements of our tram tours with our swamp walks to give participants a wonderful introduction to the Fakahatchee. Our experienced volunteer naturalists leading the group share their knowledge and insights about the Fakahatchee’s flora and fauna on both wet and dry portions of the adventure.

Each Tram Tour begins with a narrated ride on the Friends’ Ghost Rider tram to the site of the swamp walk, about 30 minutes. After 90 or so minutes of guided walking through the swamp, participants board the tram for the return trip, for a total of about 2 1/2 hours.

Participants will be required to sign a standard release of liability form. Participants should be sure to wear sturdy lace-up shoes (no sandals!) and long pants. Bring a set of dry clothes; you can change in the visitors restrooms for the drive home. Dress appropriately for the weather.

The Tram Tour with Swamp Walk is $60 per person. For more information, to see available dates, and to purchase tickets visit the Eventbrite page for the Introduction to Swamp Walk with Tram Tour.


Naturalist-led Swamp Walk

This swamp walk will immerse you in the beauty and diversity of the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve. For many visitors, a Friends of Fakahatchee Swamp Walk is the highlight of their Florida visit. Led by one of our experienced volunteer naturalists, participants wade in cool water for half a day observing the native wildlife and plants in the heart of the Fakahatchee.

This is a long, and at times strenuous walk. Swamp walkers should wear long pants and lace-up boots or sneakers – no sandals, waders or open-top boots. A hat and long-sleeved shirt are also recommended. Bring water, snacks, or lunch. Bring bug repellent if you are sensitive. Put anything you do not want to get wet in zip-lock plastic bags. Bring a set of dry clothes; you can change in the visitors restrooms for the drive home.

The Naturalist-led Swamp Walk is $80 per person. For more information, to see available dates, and to purchase tickets visit the Eventbrite page for the Introduction to Naturalist-led Swamp Walk.


Biologist Swamp Walk

This swamp walk is led by the Fakahatchee Preserve State Biologist, who has conducted more than 500 swamp walks. The swamp walk takes place six miles into the Preserve and will immerse you in the beauty and diversity of the largest State Park in Florida. The Park Biologist will encourage you to assist him in locating flora and fauna, helping to contribute to the collection of data for ongoing research.

This is a long, strenuous walk into the heart of the Fakahatchee Preserve. Participants wade in cool water up to mid-thighs for half a day observing the native wildlife and plants in the Fakahatchee Strand.

Swamp walkers are required to wear long pants and lace-up boots or sneakers – no sandals, waders or open-top boots. A hat and long-sleeved shirt are also recommended. Bring water, snacks, or lunch. Bring bug repellent if you are sensitive. Put anything you do not want to get wet in zip-lock plastic bags. Bring a set of dry clothes; you can change in the visitors restrooms for the drive home.

The Biologist Swamp Walk is $90 per person. For more information, to see available dates, and to purchase tickets visit the Eventbrite page for the Biologist Swamp Walk .

North Carolina Outward Bound School

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ncobs-logoFor over 50 years, NC Outward Bound School (NCOBS) has been delivering challenging outdoor adventure programs for people of all ages and walks of life. Every Outward Bound course is built around a progression that delivers powerful life lessons by encouraging participants to safely and confidently step outside their comfort zones while traveling in spectacular wilderness areas.

Although NCOBS began in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, it has since expanded to include course areas in:

Outer Banks, NC
Fakahatchee Preserve in the Western Everglades, FL
Central Rivers, FL
Ten Thousand Islands, FL
Patagonia, South America.

The distinction – training through rather than for the wilderness is at the essence of the Outward Bound dynamic. The sea, mountains and rivers provide training that no institute or university can offer. These landscapes, in tandem with Outward Bound principles, teach the hard, technical skills necessary for survival, but also teach the relevant skills necessary for life.

North Carolina Outward Bound School is a non-profit organization and is proud to be part of an national network of Outward Bound schools in the US and all over the world. Outward Bound entities collectively serve around a quarter of a million people a year in over 30 countries and has reached over seven million people in its 70-year history.

Visit NC Outward Bound School website to book your paddling adventure.

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Adventure Paddle Tours

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The East River Fakahatchee State Park kayak tour is the quintessential backcountry experience in South Florida. With zero development – other than the dirt road used to access the water – one will immediately understand the vastness of Florida’s largest state park. Adventure Paddle Tours guests will kayak through this never-ending maze of mangrove tunnels and backwater lakes and can expect to see the American alligator, numerous long-legged wading birds, osprey and of course all four species of mangroves.

This tour paddles through primarily brackish water, providing our guests with an amazing example of a well-preserved estuary. The numerous ponds and lakes connect to the Fakahatchee Bay in the Gulf of Mexico and act as a nursery for snook, tarpon, sharks and many more species. With strong paddlers this route can reach the Fakahatchee Bay, although most tours will stay tucked in the protected ponds and tunnels.

Guests will meet their guide at the East River canoe launch located 19 miles east of the intersection of Collier Blvd and state highway 41 in East Naples. This launch site is about 25 minutes from downtown Naples and Marco Island. For google maps enter “East River Park and Launch” Included in the price of this tour is our mandatory State Park entrance fee of $2 per person along with a 13% donation. These fees go directly to the Fakahatchee Park, not the State Park system umbrella, allowing us to not only experience an amazingly managed and well preserved park, but also allowing us to donate directly to our local park!

Visit Adventure Paddle Tours website to book your paddling adventure.

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Naples Bicycle Tours

Naples Bicycle Tours provides a unique opportunity for visitors to observe and enjoy the Fakahatchee Strand. Our Certified Naturalist Guides lead three-hour tours biking through the Fakahatchee on level, hard packed roads and trails. The pace of a bicycle tour is perfect for observing the many wonders of the “Amazon of North America.” Visitors will view a variety of palm and hardwood trees, bromeliads and orchids, ferns and vines, birds, mammals, and reptiles.

Participants ride high-quality geared bicycles and are provided with helmets, binoculars, snacks and water. Visit the website at Naples Bicycle Tours to book your bike tour.

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Ivey House Everglades Kayak Adventures

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The Ivey House as we know it today was founded in the 1980’s.  The inn is open year round and offers 18 spacious, comfortable rooms surround by our beautifully landscaped, screened-in courtyard. The goal is meet our guests’ needs for lodging, guided eco-tours and boat rentals. The front desk area has a gift shop with a nice collection of books on the area and the history of the Everglades.

Everglades Kayak Adventures, located at the Ivey House offers amazing daily eco-paddling trips that explore unique areas of the subtropical Everglades habitat. Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime journey as you safely glide through magical mangrove tunnels or cypress ponds flush with exotic wildlife like American alligators, osprey, and other uncommon birds.

Guided Ecotours

Every guided tour is led by one of our trained naturalists who’ll share favorite hidden places along with secrets and facts about the mysterious Everglades. Each guided adventure spans a 3 or 4-hour period and includes your canoe or kayak, personal flotation device, brief paddling orientation, transportation from the Ivey House to launch point, approximately 2 to 3 hours of paddle time, a snack, water, and return transportation.

Rentals

If you’re longing to paddle the Everglades habitats but do not own your own boat, Everglades Adventures, is your home for canoe and kayak rentals in Everglades City. Rentals are available from November through April.

Group Events

Let us create an extraordinary event for your group in the beautiful heart of the largest subtropical wilderness in America!  Over the last thirty years, The Ivey House and Everglades Adventures have planned and provided remarkable events for corporations, schools, churches, and families. Whether your goal is team building, relaxation, education, or just fun and excitement, your group can expect the unexpected with the Ivey House and Everglades Adventures. Visit our website iveyhouse.com

Visit the website to book your paddling adventure.

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Everglades Day Safari

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Make a visit to the Fakahatchee Strand’s Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk part of your Everglades Adventure.

Visit the website at Everglades Day Safari to book your adventure. Our nature walk is a leisurely stroll into the ancient cypress swamp forests of the Fakahatchee. These fresh water areas are home to old growth Bald Cypress that tower of the swamp and provide homes for owls, woodpeckers, bats and raccoons. Orchids, bromeliads, ferns and climbing vines create a lush sub-tropical landscape like no other place in North America. Alligators and turtles nest nearby and a variety of bird species can be found under in the shade of the cypress.

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