Wheelchair Accessible Botanical Gardens and Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary
If you’re looking for a unique experience of nature and wildlife, this Wheelchair Accessible Botanical Gardens and Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary is perfect for you. Enjoy a 3-hour adventure exploring the beautiful Flamingo Gardens Botanical Garden. This place is home to more than 3000 species of rare and exotic, tropical, sub-tropical and native plants, and some of the largest trees in the state of Florida. Make a visit to the Wray Home Museum from 1933 nestled in the Botanical Garden, which provides a glimpse of life in South Florida in the 1930s and visit the Bird of Prey Center, a showcase of South Florida’s Raptors in their naturalistic habitat. This tour combines accessible rolling routes with an accessible tram tour.
Your wheelchair friendly tour of the Botanical Gardens and Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary begins by meeting your tour guide at the Welcome Center located in the Gift Shop. From here, you will begin your nature adventure consisting of several parts. Enjoy a slow-paced walking/rolling tour of the beautiful Gardens using wheelchair accessible paths and embark on an accessible tram and sit back and relax as you explore the lush, remote 42 acres of the Flamingo Gardens. Admire original jungle growth as it would have appeared when the Seminole Indians occupied it, and travel through a unique native hammock of 200-year-old Live Oaks. You’ll also see the mitigated wetlands where the staff release many of the juvenile birds that are born in the Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary. Along the tour, you’ll stop to visit with onsite animals. Note, this is not a zoo. All the animals here go to rehab to be released back into the wild. If that is not possible, they are provided a safe, permanent home to live out their life. You will have an opportunity to get off the tram to stroll along the Pioneer Walkway to discover native Florida plants. The tram ride is fully narrated by your tour guide, sharing interesting facts and history about the site and the wildlife here with you.
On this wheelchair friendly tour, you’ll visit the 1933 Wray Home Museum built by Floyd and Jane Wray. In 1975, the building became an Everglades Museum and in 1991 it was restored to depict a typical South Florida country home of the 1930s. Today, the Wray home exhibits significant items connected with the Wrays and Flamingo Groves including family portraits, thank you letters from President and Mrs. Eisenhower for delivery of fruit to Key West and the White House, as well as other notable features of interest.
Escorted by your tour guide, you will enjoy a visit to the Bird of Prey Center. On a stroll here, you will see a variety of owls, vultures, hawks, falcons as well as Golden and Bald eagles. These birds are either at-risk or endangered and cannot be released because of injuries sustained in the wild. Each year, about 100 chicks are born in the Aviary and Bird of Prey Center, which are raised and then released into the wild to help perpetuate their species.
If you enjoy nature and wildlife, this Everglades Sanctuary tour shows how the venues here help provide residence to permanently injured and non-releasable birds and animals. It is home to the largest collection of Florida native wildlife, including alligators, bears, bobcats, eagles, otters, peacocks and flamingos.
The Wheelchair Accessible Botanical Gardens and Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary
- Convenient accessible tour routes confirmed to be wheelchair accessible (step and curb free and accessible toilets along the route).
- Accessible tram experience
- Tour guide experienced in touring the Botanical Gardens with disabled guests and their families.
- Botanical Gardens
- Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary
- Accessible Tram
- Wrays Home Museum
- Bird Prey Center
The Wheelchair Accessible Botanical Gardens and Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary Sanctuary has received a 3 Star Sage Accessibility Rating because it is entirely step-free, and the accessible tram has a ramp for wheelchair access. The route is approximately 2 miles of walking/rolling at a slow pace. It did not receive a higher rating because you may experience some mild hills along the tour routes.
You will experience paved areas around the visitor center and museums.
The open-air tram has a tramp and can fit one wheelchair per departure.
An accessible restroom is available onsite as well.
Tour duration: 3 hours
Cost:1-2 people $440, 3 people $490, 4 people $540, 5 people $590, 6 people $640, 7 people $690, 8 people $740
Days of the week the tour is offered: 7 days a week
Meet-up time: Between 9:30 AM and 5:00 PM
Meet-up place: Visitor Center,p>Dress code: Weather suitable clothing advised
Entrance tickets: Included
Not Included: Snacks/meals and gratuities
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