Key Largo Eco-Tours and Wildlife Displays
The waters around Key Largo are an ecologically fascinating place where freshwater from the Everglades mixes with the saltwater of Florida Bay. Everglades National Park abuts the near-shore waters of Key Largo to the west. An array of wildlife awaits within easy reach of the dock, including bottle-nosed dolphin, crocodiles, sea turtles, alligators, and manatees. Highly skilled boat captains and eco-tour outfitters are ready to show them to you.
Dusenberry Creek and its many winding tributaries are a popular spot for full or half-day kayaking and canoe trips. Old-growth mangrove trees form a jungle canopy overhead as you make your way through the tiny creeks. If you're lucky, you will see a manatee, which are regular visitors, especially during the winter months.
Sea kayakers can explore the more marine environment of Key Largo's Atlantic shore, an area of shallow sea grass flats and patch corals. Also, in the waters of Florida Bay, large sea turtles and 100-pound tarpon are common sights.
Extended kayak and canoe trips also are available for those who enjoy wilderness camping, such as seven-day paddling trips from Flamingo, a national park outpost where the Everglades meets the sea, to Everglades City on Florida's west coast.
Boat operators introduce you to the wildlife and wilderness, including an air-boat ride through the grassy interior of the Everglades, less than an hour's drive away, or arrange a visit to Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge, a tidal lake that is a nesting area for crocodiles. View the crocs from a safe distance.
Be sure to visit Key Largo's five-acre Florida Keys Wild Bird Center with a display of native and migratory birds that have been nursed back to health but can't be released into the wild. Wooden walkways also take visitors over samplings of Key Largo's varied habitat. You will learn that six inches of elevation make a huge difference in the types of plants and animals one finds in the Keys.
JOHN PENNEKAMP CORAL REEF STATE PARK
PADDLE! THE FLORIDA KEYS
THE BOTANIC GARDENS AT KONA KAI RESORT
CARIBBEAN WATERSPORTS & ENVIRO-TOURS
EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK
ECOKEYS ADVENTURES IN CONSERVATION
EVERGLADES AIR BOAT TOURS
FLORIDA BAY OUTFITTERS
FLORIDA KEYS WILD BIRD CENTER
GARL'S COASTAL KAYAKING
KEY LARGO PRINCESS
WORLD PARROT MISSION
CORAL SEA ECO TOURS
CROCODILE LAKE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
DAGNY JOHNSON KEY LARGO HAMMOCK BOTANICAL STATE PARK