In-Transit Guests and Guests with flights departing after 4:00 p.m. from Fort Lauderdale International Airport and after 5:00pm from Miami International Airport can explore the expansive Flamingo Gardens during this picturesque, half-day sightseeing excursion.
Wray Home and Museum
Depart the pier for Flamingo Gardens, an approximately 60-acre (about 24-hectare), not-for-profit wildlife sanctuary, aviary and botanical garden located just west of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Upon arrival at this Trip Advisor 'Award of Excellence' winner, your guided tour begins with a visit to the original home of Floyd L. and Jane Wray, who built a home and citrus grove on what was then the edge of the Everglades, and started a botanical collection of tropical and subtropical fruit trees and shrubs. Now a museum, the Wray Home depicts a country home of the early-1930s. Leaving the Wray Home, proceed to the Botanical Gardens.
Botanical Gardens and Tram-Ride
The Botanical Gardens are one of the most beautiful, inspiring and adventurous, yet tranquil, tours offered in Fort Lauderdale. The grounds contain more than 3,000 species of tropical and subtropical plants, including orchids, ferns, bromeliads, 200-year-old live oak trees, and over 300 species of palms. A narrated tram ride leads through the site's tropical rainforest, native hammock, wetland areas and groves. The Tropical Plant House displays orchids, calatheas and other plants. The Arboretum contains one of the largest collection of non-indigenous champion trees in the region, and the Xeriscape Garden demonstrates low maintenance, minimally-watered gardening.
Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary
Next, take a guided tour of the Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary section, which provides care for permanently injured, non-releasable wildlife. Fauna includes an American black bear, otters, alligators, bobcats, Florida panthers, tortoises, freshwater turtles, geese, swans, sandhill cranes, blue-beaked ducks, flamingos, bald eagles, golden eagles, owls, peacocks, macaws, and iguanas. The 25,000-square-foot (about 2,300-square-metre) Everglades aviary houses one of the largest collection of wading birds in the U.S. The aviary exhibits five native Florida ecosystems; coastal prairie, mangrove swamp, cypress forest, sub-tropical hardwood hammock, and sawgrass prairie. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately one-hour transfer to Miami International Airport, or a 30-minute transfer to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 150 yards (about 137 metres), at times over uneven and gravel surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and tram. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. The tour sequence may vary. Tour will return to the pier for in-transit guests before continuing on to the airports. This tour is available to guests with international flights leaving Fort Lauderdale International Airport after 4:00 p.m. and for those with international flights from Miami International Airport after 5:00 p.m. A minimum number of participants is required to operate this tour option.