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Ten Thousand Islands

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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Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour up to 12 people
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Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour up to 12 people
US$90.00 per adult
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Great time in safe hands
Small group made it a great experience and the captain was very knowledgeable and experienced sailor.
George_A, Jul 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Everglades National Park

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Great Tour
Mureema_S, Mar 2022
Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour up to 12 people
The captain was very knowledgeable and friendly. He was conscious especially about environment and safety.
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Great day on the water!
Steve_S, Jul 2022
Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour up to 12 people
Watching the dolphin surfing the wake of another boat was awesome! Our captain and tour guide were very informative.
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Memorable, fun, exciting, educating
Chanel_A, Jul 2022
Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour up to 12 people
Amazing! I and my friend booked it last minute, and it was beyond our expectations! The Captain (and our tour guide), Campbell, was very professional, friendly, and super fun! We got to see plenty of Dolphins, which was fantastic! Definitely recommend this place!
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Loved it!
Maritza_E, Jul 2022
Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour up to 12 people
Fun for the whole family. We’ve been coming to Marco for years and have done other boat tours but this one is the best one so far. Highly recommend.
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Ten Thousand Islands boat tour
Richard_P, Apr 2022
Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour up to 12 people
Had an awesome tour around Ten Thousand Islands and are hosts were very knowledgeable about the area and were very enthusiastic and clearly loved their job
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Great tour on our Marco vacation!
Jacquelyn_A, Jun 2022
Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour up to 12 people
Great time with the family!! Kids loved seeing the dolphins and manatees. Found a bunch of shells and a sand dollar at the beach. Campbell was an awesome captain. He was very knowledgeable about everything. We had a great time. Highly recommend!!!
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What a joy!
Team_G, Jun 2022
Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour up to 12 people
What a joy this boat excursion was! The captain was very informative and pointed out wildlife to us. We LOVED seeing the Cape Ramono dome house ruins and hearing the story behind it. A dolphin played in our wake. We saw a momma and baby manatee and the island we went to was just amazing... plenty of shells to choose from and the water was refreshing to swim in. I highly recommend them!
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The best experience!
Randi_D, Jun 2022
Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour up to 12 people
Amazing trip for our family! We still can’t believe how incredible this excursion was! Will recommend to everyone we know!
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Fun exciting boat tour
Lisa_R, Jun 2022
Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour up to 12 people
We saw manatee, dolphin and other wildlife. The captain was able to get the dolphins to follow us and jump through the wake. They are amazing animals. We went through mangroves and learned how vital they are to the environment. Went yo a beach for a swim and shelling. We all had a great time, would highly recommend!
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Dome houses
Cherylc_C, Jun 2022
Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour up to 12 people
The dome houses and back story were fascinating. Guides were knowledgeable and answered all our questions.
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Fun time had by all.
Maureen_R, Jun 2022
Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour up to 12 people
The experience was informative. The small group size allows a personal, fun and engaging experience that was good for all ages.
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Great day!
brian_r, Jun 2022
Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour up to 12 people
FUN! Captain Dave and Kristin were very professional, informed and happy to be with us! Beautiful birds and wildlife ❤️ Definitely recommend!
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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Ten Thousand Islands?
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