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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

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)

Departure Point

1006 US-27, Weston, FL 33327, USA

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

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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
  • 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 travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • 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 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 sanitization during Florida Everglades Airboat Adventure and Wildlife Encounter?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
See all safety measures taken by Florida Everglades Airboat Adventure and Wildlife Encounter.
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
See all safety measures taken by Florida Everglades Airboat Adventure and Wildlife Encounter.

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star-5
Never been on an airboat...
Thomas_M
, Jan 2022
Never been on an airboat ride so for me it was a great experience my husband also had a great time we will be doing this again
star-5
Best airboat ride!
Annjoy_P
, Jan 2022
We had a great time on the airboat ride with Captain Disco while Nick was awesome sharing all his knowledge about the reptiles with us. I will recommend this adventure to all my friends!
star-5
Reasonably priced great ride!
Kathleen_K
, Jan 2022
Wanted a reasonably priced airboat ride and maybe see some alligators. The ride was great but it was too chilly for the gators. Oh well, we'll have to come back when it's warmer.
star-2
Disappointing experience
Ryan_M
, Jan 2022
First, there is no easy to find address listed. I put in an address I found into Waze and we ended up in the middle of nowhere. I then found a note on the site that said it was a mile marker 35, this is correct so use that. We had an 11am reservation, when we arrived we were told they were behind and to go see the wildlife exhibit. There is a reptile and glades exhibit, very few animals in each. The website says "And finally, in the Exotic Wildlife exhibit, get a peek at the park's wild cats—panthers, leopards, bobcats, caracals, and more." but we were told this was taken down "a while ago." My son chose this airboat trip instead of a different one because he wanted to see the panther. We were unimpressed to say the least. We finally got onto the airboat at 12:20pm. Why have us book at 11am if you can't get us on a boat relatively close to that time? We were just sitting around very bored. The airboat is only 30 minutes, the captain was good at least. We did get to see 2-3 alligators up close. Overall a disappointing experience for my son and myself.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
We are very sorry for your extended wait time for your airboat tour. It was quite a busy week as it was Christmas Break and many guests were visiting us during this time. We are working on correcting the TripAdvisor website to update our listing as our large cats that were rescued have gone to a quiet sanctuary away from public to be more comfortable in their old age.
star-5
Really knoledgeable, friendly and very family oriented
Emmanuel_D
, Jan 2022
The tour is not too long, captain Bob made it really smooth, and explained everything about the everglades habitat, and its water system
star-5
Amazing Tour
Angelina_Z
, Jan 2022
We loved the tour! They were very organized. The captain was very knowledgeable and engaging. I would definitely recommend it.
star-5
Fun in the sun
Cari_K
, Dec 2021
Saw alligators and iguanas. Pretty cool. Beautiful day for an airboat trip. We really enjoyed it. Would do it again.
star-4
Nice and short trip!
Liwen_G
, Dec 2021
Nice and humorous tour guide! Cool boat ride. Many boats and minimal waiting time. Wish to see more animals thou, but good experience overall.
star-5
Great experience!
Stephanie_M
, Dec 2021
We had a lot of fun! There was 12 of us and we all got on one boat and didn’t have to wait long at all. Our air boat guide was super nice and answered all our questions! The wildlife encounter after was little but still really cool. We got to pet a gator! The food from the food truck put back was delicious! We loved the gator tacos! Will definitely be back!
star-1
Boats are crowded
Lori_H
, Dec 2021
We bought tickets, but backed out after seeing how folks are packed onto the boats without much distance between. Hoards of people pouring out of tour buses and onto the boats at a steady pace. Definitely not something we feel comfortable doing in light of the surge of Covid cases.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
We apologize for the inconvenience. This is certainly our busiest time of year and we are adhering to all protocols set forth by the CDC and our local county ordinances. We hope you are able to visit during a less crowded time of year or perhaps choose our private airboat tour option which is quite popular right now. Please contact us directly if you would like to reschedule or receive a full refund.

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