Accessible Florida Tours

 

Shark Valley Tram Tour

The two-hour Everglades Tram Tour through the Shark Valley section of Everglades National Park is actually a South Florida ecotour that also provides a wonderful opportunity for group tours. Shark Valley naturalists escort all of our tours, and they are fully prepared to make your journey a memorable one. Besides giving insight into the ecosystem as a whole, your naturalist will also help to point out some of the “hidden” aspects of the Everglades that help to make this a world-renowned wetlands. The open vehicles used on our tram tours allow visitors to view wildlife within the sawgrass prairies on either side of the tram.

Visitation is highest from December 26th through April 25th, and reservations are highly recommended during this period. You may reserve seats on the 9, 10, 2, 3, and 4:00 trams, and no deposit is necessary, but you must pick up your tickets at least 30 minutes before your scheduled tour time. Walkup visitation spikes in the middle of the day, so reservations are not available for the 11, 12, and 1:00 tours. Shark Valley does not have any restaurant facilities available within the park. Vending machines with snacks and drinks are available near the tram tours office, as well as a variety of packaged items and drinks in the tour lobby. Tram tours are accessible for persons with disabilities.

 

Coopertown Original Airboat Tour*

Our professional airboat guides will take you on a personalized, educational airboat tour covering approximately 9 miles of this unique environment. We first go into the vast open saw grass where you will see why the Everglades are called the “River of Grass”! You will travel by Airboat through a Hardwood Hammock (a small island of solid ground in the “river of grass”), into the Everglades National Park stopping at alligator holes and seeing the abundance of ‘glades wildlife. See the Purple Gallanule voted the most colorful bird in Florida and the endangered Everglade Snail Kite as well as herons, grackles, turtles, raccoons and other Everglades residents! The Everglades are a truly unique and vibrant environment which you can only experience first hand! Unless you brought your hip waders, a private airboat tour is the best way to see it!

*This tour is accessible for manual wheelchair users only. You may stay in your chair or transfer to the front airboat bench seat.

 

Dolphin Research Center Interactive Programs (Marathon Key)

Bring your family to meet our family of dolphins and sea lions, all of whom live in natural, seawater lagoons in the Gulf of Mexico. Experience their personalities in narrated behavior sessions demonstrating different aspects of their lives and amazing abilities. Spend a couple of hours or all day, watching sessions, attending educational presentations, playing in the Sprayground or simply enjoying the beautiful, outdoor Florida Keys setting.

The heart of Dolphin Research Center’s mission is the welfare of every animal in our marine mammal family. Whether they are born here, or come from rescue/rehabilitation centers or other facilities, each receives the finest possible care and a safe, healthy, enriching home for life. Dolphins and sea lions choose to participate in sessions, including public interactive programs from the docks or in the water. None are ever forced.  Therefore, on any given day, program availability and times may vary based on the needs of the animals.

Several different interactive options are available for guests with disabilities. Contact us for prices and details!

 

Conch Train and Key West Trolley and Tours*

See the Best on the train tour that’s been entertaining visitors to the Island City of Key West, Florida since 1958. The Conch Train is one of Florida’s most popular attractions, and for a good reason. Our expert ‘engineers’ and friendly staff have delighted over 15 million guests with legends such as Ernest Hemingway and lores of this charming tropical paradise. Your tour of Key West will give you a conch’s eye view of all the wonderful Key West attractions. No Key West vacation is complete without The World Famous Conch Tour Train.

For over 30 years, Old Town Trolley Tours has provided sightseeing tours highlighting the best Key West attractions. Hop aboard one of our trolleys and you’ll experience Transportainment, a delightful combination of transportation and entertainment. Our friendly conductors narrate the tour with a fascinating and fun mix of trivia and humorous stories.

*Both tours have trolley cars that accept manual wheelchairs only. Accessible tour stops are limited due to parking space requirements. Contact us for more details!

 

Ferry Tour (from Key West) to Dry Tortugas National Park

Made up of seven small islands, it is one of the world’s most unique eco-attractions. Its crown jewel, the historic Fort Jefferson, was once used as a prison during the Civil War. Explore and learn of its history with one of our guides and enjoy an array of activities.

Cruise in spacious comfort to Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas National Park aboard the Yankee Freedom III, a high-speed ocean-going wheelchair accessible catamaran specifically designed for carrying passengers safely across the 70 miles of open water from Key West to the Park. The Yankee Freedom III is 110’ long and 30.6’ wide, a broad and stable vessel certified to carry 250 passengers; however, to maximize the comfort of each guest, we limit each tour at 175 passengers. Our veteran captain and friendly crew will take you on a day trip to one of the most unique and spectacular national parks in the United States: The Dry Tortugas National Park and Fort Jefferson. Almost 70 miles west of Key West, nestled among coral reefs, and white sandy beaches, lie seven remote islands called the Dry Tortugas. Unforgettable adventures await you on this most memorable Key West tour.

En route to Dry Tortugas National Park our onboard naturalist will give you an orientation about the area and the national park’s surroundings. During your voyage, you will enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Marquesa Islands, Boca Grande, have an opportunity to see turtles and dolphins, and listen to pirate legends. You can travel inside the upper or lower air-conditioned cabins or outside on one of our observation decks. The bow, or front, deck is tiered so you can get a full vista photo rather than the back of some stranger’s head! The Yankee Freedom III features comfortable padded sling seats that allow room for movement and easy access to the tables. There are four heads (bathrooms) and three fresh water rinses (with warm water!) that allow you to desalinize and change into dry clothing for the return to Key West. Bars on both decks stock a full compliment of beverages and the galley is open all day for extra snacks, souvenirs and essentials. The bars and the galley are both limited to cash or credit card sales. Rest assured, our award-winning crew will be there to make your adventure fun, comfortable and safe.

Included in the trip:

  • Breakfast and Lunch
  • Complimentary snorkeling equipment
  • No hidden fees – ticket includes entrance fee to Dry Tortugas National Park and Fort Jefferson
  • Fully narrated 45 minute tour of the fort.
  • Beach walking, snorkel, swim, or just relax in the sun
  • Enjoy a picnic in the afternoon

There are no beach wheelchairs available, but the sand is hard-packed and can support manual wheelchairs and larger-wheeled scooters. The top level of Fort Jefferson can be accessed only by stairway, but the first level is fully accessible. Accessible restrooms on the ferry are available for the duration of the tour.

 

Southernmost Food Tasting & Cultural Walking Tour

Off the tourist track & into local restaurants. Our signature tour includes iconic ‘must-eat’ foods like Key Lime Pie & Conch Fritters!

  • 5+ tastings: come hungry.
  • Enjoy Key West’s iconic foods, including fresh seafood and Key Lime Pie!
  • Learn about the history and origin of Cuban cuisine, and their influence on our culture here in Key West.
  • Southernmost Food Tour booklet- with coupons and recommended eateries!

Our guided 3-hour Southernmost Food Tasting & Cultural Walking Tour visits 6 locally-run “mom and pop” establishments in historic old town. Delicious and mouth watering food tastings, enough for a hearty lunch, are served from ethnic eateries and specialty shops that are unique to the Florida Keys. Stops include authentic Cuban roast pork, rum-runner cocktails from an old speakeasy, and world famous key lime pie from Key West’s most iconic restaurant.

Between tastings, you’ll experience what life is like for a Conch (a native to Key West). Today’s Key West local population is an evolution of native Indians, Cubans, Bahamians, Greeks, explorers, adventurers, pirates, wreckers, scavengers, fisherman, hippies, writers, and artists. We can’t wait to tell you about how the island survived them. Our passionate, local guides share their knowledge and recommendations of architectural gems, tropical flora, and exciting local attractions and restaurants.

The tour group size maxes out at 12 people to ensure that there is a personalized and memorable experience for all. Our local guides are experts on Key West and are eager to show an authentic side to our island. There is so much more to Key West than Duval Street! After the guided tour, explore Key West’s neighborhoods with confidence and take advantage of recommendations from your local guide on the restaurants, attractions, entertainment and cultural offerings.

El Siboney – Traditional Cuban home cooking & in a casual, family-friendly setting.

The Rum Bar – Historical speakeasy on Duval Street, with an impressive 250+ list menu of rum.

Bad Boy Burrito – Tiny grab-&-go canteen specializing in massive build-your-own burritos, tacos & custom juices.

Blue Macaw Island Eats & Bar – Local fusion cuisine along with an array of Caribbean cocktails in a tropical setting with live music daily.

Key West Distilling – Small craft distillery making delicious Rum, Vodka & Whiskey right here in Key West!

Blue Heaven – The iconic restaurant is famous for their Caribbean style dishes, island atmosphere and the roosters running amok. Most notably, however, for their Key Lime Pie.

Rated #1 in the Food & Drink Category in Key West, With Over 350 Five-Star Reviews. All restaurants on the tour are ADA compliant. Small groups of no more than 12 guests per guide ensures a personalized & comfortable experience. All food tastings provide enough for lunch. With advanced notice, we can fulfil most requests (vegetarians, gluten-free, no shellfish, etc).

 

Millionaire’s Row Sightseeing Boat Tour (Miami)

Sit back and relax for an unforgettable fully-narrated bilingual sightseeing cruise along scenic Biscayne Bay. See Miami’s spectacular coastal sites including the beautiful downtown Miami skyline, the Port of Miami, Fisher Island, Miami Beach and “Millionaire’s Row” – the homes of the rich and famous. Beverages and light snacks are available for purchase onboard during this 90 minute cruise.

Our modern accessible yacht, the Island Queen, offer the utmost in comfort and style for up to 140 passengers. Each vessel features an air-conditioned lower salon, enclosed in picture windows, as well as an upper-deck where you may take in the fresh ocean breeze and an awning that will protect you from direct sunlight and light seasonal showers. Don’t forget to purchase your favorite soft drink, cocktail or light snack from our full cash bar.

While the lower level of the Island Queen is fully accessible, access to the onboard bathroom may be limited to manual wheelchair users. 

 

Ybor City (Tampa) Historic Walking/Rolling Tour

Your walking tour includes a walk down “La Septima Avenida” (Seventh Avenue) or “Broadway,” as residents know it. Seventh Avenue is not just a street but the heart of a special community, and has been designated one of the American Planning Association’s (APA) Great Streets in America for its history and character.

  • Experience a visa-free visit to the only Cuban-owned land in America.
  • Learn how the orders for the Cuban uprising against Spain were smuggled from Ybor City to Havana.
  • Learn about the game of Bolita and the fascinating history of how organized crime controlled Tampa for decades.

The tour was originated by Lonnie Herman, a Tampa resident for over three decades. A former sales and marketing executive, Lonnie has contributed articles to many diverse publications. With his love of history and encyclopedic knowledge of Ybor City, entertaining and educating you on your visit is his goal. Today, all tours are conducted by a knowledgable and entertaining guide, well-versed in all aspects of Ybor City history.

Tours start from the Vicente Martinez-Ybor statue at Centro Ybor on Seventh Avenue.