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Ten Thousand Islands

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Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge, FL

The Basics

You can explore the archipelago’s remote islets in a variety of ways, either with a tour or solo if you’re an experienced boater or paddler. Take a canoeing or kayaking ecotour to discover the diverse flora and fauna of the region up close. Boat safaris offer a more relaxing journey and the chance to discover native wildlife like manatees, river otters, and bottlenose dolphins. Fishing expeditions are also available, where you can enjoy a private charter boat and cast a line to catch local gamefish.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Everglades National Park

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Leidy_S, May 2021
Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour
It was excellent .. we saw dolphins, manatee.. learn about the history. It was clean and the owner were really nice and funny..
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Great trip!
Dan_C, Jul 2021
Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour
Sara and Joe did a great job! We saw many dolphins, and the shelling was awesome. The dome structures were amazing. We also saw a pink spoonbill!
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Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour
hgreese, Jun 2021
Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour
We had a great trip to the Ten Thousand Islands with Captain Campbell and Wes. They kept us laughing while we learned about the area. We couldn’t believe how many dolphins and manatees we saw. The beach time was heavenly. Highly recommend this tour.
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Fantastic day
Cynthia_D, Jul 2021
Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour
This boat tour was the highlight of our vacation. Sara and Joe were so great and knowable about the area and the wildlife . I can’t thank them enough. We got great videos of all the dolphins. We will be doing this tour the next time we’re in Marco island .
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Lovely relaxing tour
Stacy_W, Jul 2021
Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour
Sara and Wesley were excellent guides who were knowledgeable, humorous and patient! We saw wild dolphins and manatees and they took us to an island to swim and shell. It was very enjoyable and there were people on our tour from 1&1/2 to late 70’s. Canopy offered great sun protection! I just hope the dolphins enjoyed our singing!
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Fun trip!
Noelle_R, Jun 2021
Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour
The tour was very good and the guides were very knowledgeable about the Ten Thousand Islands area, including the resident wildlife! Glad we had some time to explore the beach for shells!
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A very pleasurable 3 hours!
Jennifer_K, Jul 2021
Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour
What a fabulous boat trip! Captain Sara and assistant Wes were wonderful! So knowledgeable about the waters and wildlife. Very comfortable boat, very organized tour. Highly recommended to see SWFL waterways and ecosystem, beautiful dolphins (we saw a lot of Dolphin, a manatee and graceful birds!!) great shelling and so relaxing!
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A Terrific Gulf Experience
Mike_C, Jul 2021
Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour
Captain Sara and First Mate Santana were awesome. We saw some great sights on the water. Captain Sara found manatees and dolphins and they were fantastic. Also a great day on the beach.
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A great experience!
Richard_R, Jul 2021
Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour
The tour was great! The two folks who took us (Lily was captain) could not have been more pleasant or helpful. All was explained, all questions answered. We saw tons of manatees and dolphins and the cruise itself and the scenery were awesome. Relaxing!
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Manatees everywhere
Gabe_F, Jul 2021
Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour
Captain Campbell and Wes were awesome! So knowledgeable and true stewards of nature. Saw dolphins, manatees mating and plenty of birds.
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Wonderful tour !!
William_B, Jun 2021
Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour
We were a party of 3 and each one of us had a wonderful time. Captain Campbell was comical and so informative. Saw numerous dolphins and manatees. I highly recommend this excursion. Great bargain for the fun you'll have.
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Great way to see the dolphins
Karen_K, Jun 2021
Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour
Loved my tour, I was traveling solo such a perfect thing for me to do. I really loved to playful dolphins as well. I will have to figure out how to post a little video to share.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Ten Thousand Islands are ideal for outdoor enthusiasts.

  • Bring plenty of water, sun protection, and insect repellant.

  • There are no facilities available on the islands, so take this into consideration before heading out to explore.

  • Camping within the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge is free but accessible only by boat.

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How to Get There

Ten Thousand Islands is located between Marco Island and Everglades City, on the southern tip of the Florida peninsula. The islands of the refuge are best reached by boat, kayak, or canoe, with access points found in Goodland and Port-of-the-Islands, just off US 41 from Naples, as well as from Chokoloskee Island, just south of Everglades City. You can also drive to the Marsh Trail, 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) east of Collier-Seminole State Park and with an 18-space parking lot.

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When to Get There

For all-day adventures, visit Ten Thousand Islands between October and May, when the weather is cooler and drier—and there are fewer mosquitos. If going between June and September, book your hikes and boating adventures for the morning to avoid the hottest parts of the day and frequent afternoon thunderstorms.

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The First Settlers

Native Americans inhabited the Ten Thousand Islands region more than 3,500 years ago. Many shell rings and a few settlements have been found in or next to the region, such as the Horr’s Island archaeological site, but have been flooded by rising sea levels. The area was once good for fishing and trading, but after European settlers arrived in the area, the native populations were wiped out by foreign diseases and disputes.

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