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Florida Everglades Airboat Adventure and Wildlife Encounter

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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Escape to the Florida Everglades for this airboat adventure and wildlife encounter at Sawgrass Recreation Park. This exciting airboat ride is a great way to experience the unique subtropical ecosystem of the Everglades. Skim across the grassy water at speeds up to 40 miles per hour while looking for wildlife like alligators, fish, turtles, and wading birds. This guided tour includes entrance to Sawgrass Recreation Park and an admission ticket to the animal exhibit and a guided airboat tour.
  • Everglades airboat ride plus admission to Sawgrass Recreation Park
  • Speed through the Everglades on a thrilling airboat ride
  • See native and exotic species of animals, including alligators and tortoises
  • Learn about the park's conservation measures
  • Access to the park's Reptile and Exotic Wildlife exhibits included
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30-40 minute guided airboat ride
Admission to Sawgrass Recreation Park
Access to the park's Alligator and Reptile Exhibit
Total duration of visit is about 2 hours
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks
Captain's Gratuities (optional)
Sawgrass Recreation Park , 1006 US-27, Weston, FL 33327, USA

Sawgrass Recreation Park is 2 miles North of I-75 on Highway 27, at Mile Marker 35

This activity will end right where it started.
Make your own way to Sawgrass Recreation Park just a short drive from downtown Fort Lauderdale, in the heart of the Florida Everglades.

Begin with an exciting airboat tour of the Everglades, and skim along the grassy water at speeds up to 40 miles per hour (64 kph) while learning about the area’s subtropical ecosystem from the experienced captain. Look for a variety of wildlife, like alligators, fish, turtles, and wading birds.

After the airboat ride, check out the exhibits inside Sawgrass Recreation Park:

The Reptile Exhibit features dozens of species that are both native and exotic to Florida—from turtles, iguanas, and snakes to Cannibal, an intimidating 1,000-pound (454-kg) alligator. The park’s handlers are always happy to talk about how these animals live and survive in the wild.

In the Glades Exhibit, learn about the history of the area and its conservation efforts in a video presentation. Then check out the African spur thigh tortoises, which range in size from 20 to over 100 pounds (9 to over 45 kg) each, plus rare gopher tortoises (which were rescued from a construction site), iguanas, and colorful peacocks.
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Sawgrass Recreation Park
Skim across the grassy water at speeds up to 40 miles per hour while looking for wildlife like alligators, fish, turtles, and wading birds. This guided tour includes entrance to Sawgrass Recreation Park and an admission ticket to the animal exhibit and a guided airboat tour. Just 25 minutes from Fort Lauderdale, the safest and most entertaining and educational way to experience the Everglades’ unique subtropical ecosystem is at Sawgrass Recreation Park.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Reservation date and time required. Tours leave every 30 minutes from 9:30am to 3:30pm
  • Any age child can enjoy the airboat tour. Children 3 years and under are free. It is not necessary to purchase a ticket for ages 3 years and under.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Tour operator reserves the right to cancel the tour due to inclement weather
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Sawgrass Recreation Park
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitisation during Florida Everglades Airboat Adventure and Wildlife Encounter?
A:The policies on sanitisation are:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Florida Everglades Airboat Adventure and Wildlife Encounter?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Reviews by Viator travellers

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star-3
Fast 30 min.
Diane_e
, May 2022
Nice ride thru the Everglades. Wish we had more information about the glades and alligators/wildlife that may have been there.. we didn’t see any. Guide was unkind to young on board and it ruined the remainder of the experience.
star-5
Fun ride!
Pam_T
, May 2022
Loved seeing the birds, frogs, and gator. Interesting hearing the history from Captain John. Then we went to the exhibits and were able to pet a baby alligator.
star-5
It was fun just to ride...
Brennan_S
, May 2022
It was fun just to ride in the boat, we also saw a few gators and lots of fish. The best part is the exhibit near by to look at all sorts of different animals
star-5
Wonderful time
Tricia_P
, May 2022
Lauderdale is a good guide. Wonderful experience. We got to see 3 gators and a few lizards. This was my husband first time.
star-5
Fast & fun
Michelle_R
, May 2022
Lots of fun! Guide was very knowledgeable about Everglades and all the different species there even how some unnaturally arrived.
star-5
10/10 Recommend
Kiersten_D
, May 2022
Chuck was a great guide and pointed out a gator we definitely would not have noticed without him! We had an awesome time and will be back!
star-5
Fun times on vacation .
Carlos_A
, May 2022
First time getting on a air boat . Captain was super funny and petting the baby gator was a experience of a lifetime.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
So glad you had a great time!
star-1
NOTTT
Hohn_H
, May 2022
My tour was suppose to be Monday the 2nd. I called the tour company early that the tour was to take place bc of emergency. I went to watch the bluebirds at Ft Lauderdale Beach and had bad sunburn. The lady said she would be glad to change date till wensday the 4th. I checked to see if my tickets were updated on my app, bc I got email saying my tour was complete. The app says same thing. I would not recommend to nobody. .. I hope they will refund my money back.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Greetings, I did change your reservation and responded in return to your email. I am so sorry you did not receive my correspondence. Some of our other customers have also been having issues with communications received through the Viator app and their tech team is looking into this. I have also fully refunded your purchase since you were not able to attend. We hope you are able to make it out when you feel better.
star-4
Great Guide
Sharon_C
, May 2022
Bob was great. I enjoyed the boat ride and wanted to go farther. Next time I will book a longer ride. Bob was great at explaining the Everglades and was informative in the habitat.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks for your visit! Our private airboat tours can go out for 60 minutes, 90 minutes, or 2 hours. See you next time!
star-5
Amazing
FlavioHenrique_d
, May 2022
Worth going Take the time to experience it You won’t regret a bit Plus the guide gives you a lot of curious facts about the wild life 👏🏽💙🌴🐊
star-5
Worth the trip
Audrey_M
, Apr 2022
Capt. Bob was super knowledgeable, he was raised in the Everglades and has need driving these waters for 56 years! We saw 3 alligators in the wild and the encounter walk thru was also great to be able to see these magical creatures up close…
star-5
Exceeded Expectations
sharon_m
, Apr 2022
Exceeded my expectations. We were lucky enough to see some alligators but even if we didn’t I still would’ve enjoyed the tour. Learning about the history, present and future plans for the Everglades was so interesting
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Excellent family fun!
Gary_A
, Apr 2022
The trip was the perfect amount of time (30mins). We were able to see one alligator on our trip. The captain was knowledgeable, funny, and engaging. We also enjoyed the reptile zoo after the boat tour and were able to pet a baby alligator. Something different and fun to do for the whole family.
star-4
Great tour
Patrick_G
, Apr 2022
We saw an Eguana in the trees and the boat speed was great through the water in the everglades. Beautiful nature
2 travellers found this review helpful
star-3
worth doing once
Maninder_G
, Apr 2022
it was nice to get out on the everglades and see them. disappointed that I did not see any animals...and I think that is a regular occurrence....be upfront about that
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Our captains are always on the lookout for alligators and other wildlife to show you on the airboat. Although it is not common, we understand the disappointment of not seeing an alligator on your boat tour. Hopefully you were able to enjoy our reptile exhibit where you can touch a baby alligator.
star-5
fun
Jeff_P
, Apr 2022
airboat ride was great, we had alot of fun staff was nice. we seen an alligator. the beer could have been colder
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-4
Getting to pet a baby...
Anna_W
, Apr 2022
Getting to pet a baby alligator , riding in the fan boat, trying alligator bites, seeing the big alligators
star-5
Everyone was very nice...
Johanna_U
, Apr 2022
Everyone was very nice and helpful. The experience was full of information. The view was really nice.
star-3
So,so
Paul_O
, Apr 2022
Big boats 25 people, no small private boats immediately available, no wild life, dirt boats. No comfortable place to wait for the tour.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Our general admission tour boats hold up to 25 passengers. Private Tour reservations fill up quite quickly especially during the Spring Break season. We do realize and have plans to make more shaded seating available for our guests while they wait for their boat to board. Thank you for your visit.
star-1
Not like my past experiences here
Dina_D
, Apr 2022
I have been here before twice and it was great! This time, horrible and very disappointed. The boat was so slow, felt like a tug boat. All the employees there were Okay but not friendly as they have been in the past. I wish I could have provided a much better experience for my visiting friend. Might be a good time to find a different operator😞
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
We are so sorry your recent experience was not reflective of our usual service. We appreciate your honest feedback because it gives us the opportunity to learn where and when we can improve. We hope that you are able to give us another chance in the future.
star-5
Pleasant Surprise in the Everglades
Robert_O
, Apr 2022
The knowledge of the guide, the beauty of the environment. The openness of the everglades and a more natural way to see where the reptiles and birds live.
star-5
Great guide
Jessica_H
, Apr 2022
Our guide was very knowledge and was able to show us gators. He explained mating season to us and made sure we had a good time.
star-5
Alligator Day in a Red State.
Richard_F
, Apr 2022
Seeing Mr Alligator on the airboat ride. Loved the sound of those twin 454 Chevy engines. Learned a great deal about alligators from Dan and Nick.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-3
I went on this tour with...
Roxana_G
, Apr 2022
I went on this tour with my family and was disappointed as the tour is intended for you to go on an airboat in the Everglades to see alligators, however we saw no alligators and saw one sea hawk and captain made this statement “watching this sea hawk is worth this trip” Sorry but when you are doing activities with kids and they want to see alligators watching a bird is not worth the trip. So I wouldn’t recommend it. But others might have a different opinion
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Although it is not always possible to spot alligators during your airboat tour, our experienced captains are always on the lookout! We are passionate about all plants and animals that live in our unique ecosystem. Hope to see you again!
star-4
All around good time!
Lindsey_G
, Apr 2022
Super fun adventure, great for all ages (kids, parents, grandparents), educational, very friendly staff.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-3
See the 2 alligators. ...
deborah_d
, Apr 2022
See the 2 alligators. Last time I went the driver talked about the weeds in the water and gave us a sample. I thought it was too short of and experience.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you for taking the time to write a review for us! The 30 minute tour is sometimes too short for some. We also offer 60, 90, and 120 minute private airboat tours. We hope to see you again soon!
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
We’re taking friends on their first Key West Adventure.. this was on their bucket list
Karrie_J
, Apr 2022
Captain Disco was extremely knowledgeable and accommodating..we have been on other rides and this was by far the best so far
star-5
Nice boat Tour Even on Bad days
Sren_B
, Apr 2022
Nice boat Tour, parking Spots available for free ! No extra fee paid, have seen two gators on 30 Minute ride booked which was 50 Minutes long
star-5
Day Trip
Maria_I
, Mar 2022
My friend came in from out of town and we did this tour, we had a really good time, everyone was really nice and tour guide was informative. We saw 2 gators swimming and a blue heron that had just caught a fish. I would recommend this, we both had fun !
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-4
Boat Captain Martin was...
Jodi_S
, Mar 2022
Boat Captain Martin was great - he tried hard, but no gators were seen on this trip, which was disappointing. It was windy and gators don't like wind. The airboat ride was a lot of fun.
1 traveller found this review helpful

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