Many people like to travel independently and at their own pace, but Florida Keys tours can greatly enrich your vacation experience. Guides add local color and insight into the rich history of the Keys. Experienced outdoor guides can also reveal travel secrets, such as the best fishing spots, most secluded beaches, and most unspoiled snorkeling lagoons. In many cases, the activity you're participating in will require an expert, whether it's an aircraft pilot, the owner of a state-of-the-art oceangoing boat, or the captain of a sailing ship or passenger ferry.
Eco tours provide a way to explore remote and unspoiled nature, and they are becoming increasingly popular. You can take these tours by kayaking and snorkeling from all the islands. Companies offering eco tours in Key Largo and tours in Islamorada often will take you across Florida Bay to the coastal mangroves and inlets of the vast wilderness of the Everglades. You can also combine tours in Key Largo with dolphin swims at Dolphin Cove, a marine education facility. Other tours in Key Largo set off to John Pennekamp Coral Reef Park in a glass-bottom boat. These kinds of boat tours are ideal for viewing the colorful underwater life of the only living coral barrier reef in the continental United States. This is also a great spot for guide-led snorkeling and scuba diving tours.
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The history of the southernmost island in the archipelago particularly lends itself to Key West tours that highlight a number of different attractions. Key West tours by trolley through the Old Town make stops at various notable sites, beginning at Mallory Square. A professional guide narrates as you drive, and you can hop on and off to explore further on your own at places such as Mel Fisher's Maritime Museum, Harry S. Truman's Little White House, the Pirate Soul Museum, and the tropical gardens of the historic Audubon House.
If you're looking for nightlife that even the kids will enjoy, a haunted Key West tour might fit the bill. Key West ghost tours are led by costumed interpreters who lead you through the town's legends of pirates, smugglers, and a variety of colorful characters. There are also aeroplane sightseeing Key West tours in vintage biplanes from the airport. If you're not up for an open cockpit, you can take seaplane tours to nearby Dry Tortugas National Park.
There are many other kinds of Florida Keys tours for different activities. Fishing is extremely popular throughout the islands, and tours with professional anglers who know the nooks of the many islands will be the most successful. In addition, Florida Keys tours are well-suited to several nature and heritage sites. The Crane Point Museum in Marathon Key offers both. Here you can tour the historic Bahamian style Adderley House, dating to the late nineteenth century, as well as tour the Natural History Museum with its exhibits on Native Americans and endangered Key deer, among other things. Extensive nature trails take you through the wild bird center and lush tropical gardens and mangrove forests along Florida Bay.