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Florida Everglades Airboat Adventure and Wildlife Encounter

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icon30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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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-minute airboat ride
Admission to Sawgrass Recreation Park
Access to the park's Alligator and Reptile Exhibit
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks
Captain's Gratuities (optional)
1006 North, US-27, Hollywood, FL 33029, USA

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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.

And finally, in the Exotic Wildlife exhibit, get a peek at the park's wild cats—panthers, leopards, bobcats, caracals, and more.
Itinerary
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Sawgrass Recreation Park
Then it’s on to the exciting Exhibit areas back at the park to meet the Everglades’ panthers, leopards, Florida gators, turtles, iguanas and other native wildlife for yourself, and learn about the care of these endangered animals. 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
  • Protective mask is required for airboat tour and entrance into the gift shop (available for purchase)
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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.
  • Tour operator reserves the right to cancel the tour due to inclement weather
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Sawgrass Recreation Park

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

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

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Florida Everglades Airboat Adventure and Wildlife Encounter.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Florida Everglades Airboat Adventure and Wildlife Encounter?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Florida Everglades Airboat Adventure and Wildlife Encounter.

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Horrible experience
Tesia_G
, Apr 2021
The trip was awful. I would not recommend to anyone. Our boat driver was not entertaining. We did not see any alligators. I think the time we showed up you should have told us we wouldn't see gators because there was no sun out. I think you false advertised
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
It is certainly more difficult to find alligators out in the wild when the weather is not agreeable. We hope you can visit again on a better day!
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Horrible
Michael_S
, Apr 2021
It was about money .... not alligators. It was $30 to see nothing and DJ Disco drove the dang thing like he wasn’t scared. At least make it fun if you gonna take people out and not see an gators. Using the overcast weather as an excuse is absolute bull. Don’t take people out on those days if you know alligators don’t come up when it’s not sunny or whatever his lame ass said
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Save your money people!!
Jodee_D
, Apr 2021
Was scheduled for 2 pm and had to wait 2 hours because 2 boats ran out of gas out on the water before us. Boat ride was nice but seen nothing but the water.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
We apologize one of our boats had engine difficulties as those events are unpredictable even with the excellent condition we maintain our fleet in. We can certainly understand how this would have been an inconvenience for you and for that we greatly apologize, we value your time while you are on vacation and would love the chance to make it right on your behalf. Please email us so we can remedy your experience.
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star-5
Highly Recommend, Park was Clean, Great Experience!
JCNM
, Apr 2021
We had a great time. It was a 30 minute ride. Next time we will book a longer ride. It was a great experience, we saw 2 alligators and a turtle perched on a rock. Our boat guide was very informative.
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Learning Experience!!
christine_d
, Apr 2021
It was an awesome experience that tells me I would love to do a half or full day of it!! Thank you!!
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Two thumbs up!
Nathan_A
, Apr 2021
Staff and tour guide were very friendly, informative and fun. I highly recommend a visit it you are in the area!
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Learning about nature
David_B
, Apr 2021
I enjoyed the ride on the water and hearing about the everglades. The Captain was patient and knowledgeable.
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No crocodiles?
Stephanie_S
, Apr 2021
Not what I expected for the travel and time. I only saw one large crocodile extremely disappointed. Wasted time and money 💵
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
We are grateful for your visit and for your feedback. It's great to hear you saw an alligator on your boat tour. Some days we see several and some days it is difficult to find alligators in the wild.
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Great
Raymond_A
, Apr 2021
Seeing the alligators and the boat ride. Captain Disco did a great job. We also enjoyed the exhibits.
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Not worth the money
Patricia_S
, Apr 2021
The boat ride was fair. Very few sightings of wild life and one barely visible alligator. The reptile exhibit was awful. Reservation was 10am but we didn’t get in the boat until 11. No social distancing on boat
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Thank you for your feedback. Your reservation is for a time-slot arrival and not an airboat departure time. In an effort to support social distancing, we sometimes experience extended wait times and when social distancing cannot be achieved, it is required that guests wear a face mask. We know how important your time is while on vacation and we are doing everything we can to be sure this is remedied for our future guests.
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