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Experience the heart of the Everglades!

Thirty years ago David Harraden had a vision to create an eco adventure center in Everglades City. He offers travelers an opportunity to experience this harsh and unique environment safely. His goal has always been to provide a memorable and pleasant vacation to travelers who pass through Everglades City and the Ivey House doors.

  • 1979: NACT- North American Canoe Tours, our parent company, acquired a Commercial Use Permit to be able to operate within the Everglades National Park and Big Cypress Preserve, providing day and overnight guided canoe and kayak adventure for those who desired local knowledge and expertise. This evolved to include canoe, kayak, and equipment rentals. Striving to reciprocate the use of the area, NACT has assisted with park clean-ups, volunteer work and also provided the materials for the Park's Sunday Bay Chickee in 1991.
  • 1984: NACT was approached by the State of Connecticut Parks Department to operate the tubing concession at the Satan's Kingdom State Recreational area. After a successful bid process, NACT began operating the Farmington River Tubing in the spring of 1985. An aggressive marketing campaign, a well trained staff and public enjoyment have increased sales and led to a renewed concession contract. NACT has continued as the tubing concessionaire for the last 25 summers!
  • 1989: NACT purchased the Ivey House located in Everglades City, Florida and turned it into a popular Bed & Breakfast. Keeping the old boarding house atmosphere, the rooms are simple with shared bathrooms.
  • May of 2001, after eleven years of increased occupancy, an addition was made to the Ivey House B & B. The addition includes eighteen modern guest rooms with private bathrooms, TV, refrigerator and phone; a restaurant, gift shop, adventure desk and a screened courtyard which houses the pool and tropical waterfall. The Ivey House is now open year round for guests' enjoyment.

Throughout the past three decades, EvergladesAdventures.com has attracted highly qualified personnel and has remained dedicated time to training and development of our naturalist guides. Our talented staff helps to create awareness and cultivate appreciation for  our local Everglades area, by giving our guests extensive information and undivided attention while they are enjoying their adventure.

We are proud to be leaders in eco-tourism in the areas surrounding Everglades City and on the Farmington River in Connecticut, providing visitors from around the world, safe, enjoyable and memorable vacation experiences of a lifetime.