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Private Tour: Florida Everglades Airboat Ride and Wildlife Adventure

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Overview

Travel deep into Everglades National Park on this private airboat tour and wildlife encounter at Sawgrass Recreation Park. Experience the unique subtropical ecosystem of the Everglades on your own airboat, going deeper into the Everglades than on the typical public ride. Skim across the grassy water at speeds up to 40 miles per hour while looking for alligators, fish, turtles, and wading birds. This tour includes entrance to Sawgrass Recreation Park and admission to the Reptile, Glades, and Exotic Wildlife exhibits.
  • Private, daytime Florida Everglades airboat tour
  • Look for Florida gators and other wildlife up-close and from the water
  • See panther, alligator, and other animal exhibits and shows at Sawgrass Recreation Park
  • Includes general admission to the park and all exhibits and attractions
  • This private tour can only be booked in advance
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Private guided airboat tour
Captain's gratuity
Hotel pickup and drop off
Food and drinks

Departure Point

1006 US-27, Weston, FL 33327, USA

Directions: From the North: Take I-95 South or the Turnpike South to 595 West. On 595 take I-75 North towards Naples. Stay on I-75 North until you come to Exit 23 North (U.S. Highway 27) towards South Bay. We are just two miles to the North on the right hand side of the road. Turn right and cross over the bridge, make another immediate right down into the parking lot. Tickets for the airboat rides and animal exhibits can be purchased in the store. (Yellow building.) From the South: Take I-95 North or the Turnpike North to 595 West. On 595 take I-75 North towards Naples. Stay on I-75 North until you come to Exit 23 North (U.S. Highway 27) towards South Bay. We are just two miles to the North on the right hand side of the road. Turn right and cross over the bridge, make another immediate right down into the parking lot. Tickets for the airboat rides and animal exhibits can be purchased in the store. (Yellow building.)

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A short drive from downtown Fort Lauderdale is Sawgrass Recreation Park, in the heart of the Florida Everglades.

On this private Everglades airboat tour, cruise along the grassy water at speeds of up to 40 mph(64 kph) while gaining insight into the area’s subtropical ecosystem from your seasoned captain. Look for a variety of wildlife, like alligators, fish, turtles, and wading birds. This private tour has its advantages over the larger, public tour, including a smaller boat to get deeper into the Everglades and for a longer period of time.

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 alligator weighing a whopping 1,000 pounds (434 kg). Learn about how these animals live and survive in the wild from the park's handlers, and snap a memorable shot.

In the Glades Exhibit, check out African spur thigh tortoises, which range in size from 20 to over 100 pounds (9 to over 45 kg) each, as well as rare gopher tortoises (rescued from a construction site), iguanas, and colorful peacocks. Gain insight into the area and its conservation efforts in the video presentation, 'Our Everglades Story.'

And finally, in the Exotic Wildlife exhibit, enjoy up-close views of wild cats—bobcats, panthers, leopards, caracals, and more.

Please note: The pricing displayed is based on a per person basis; regardless of the number of people booking, you are buying out the whole boat for your private tour.
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. For the most in-depth and personal experience, take a small group private tour of the Florida Everglades’ and its unique subtropical ecosystem and animals. Important Note: Pricing is based on a per person basis; regardless of number of people booking, you are buying out the whole boat for your private tour ($302.49) All ages are welcome to enjoy the airboat tour. Children 3 years and under need not be included in the guest count as there are no additional charges for this age.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Tour operator reserves the right to cancel the tour due to inclement weather
  • Operating hours for Sawgrass Recreation Park may be shorter during holidays
  • Please provide your preferred tour time in the specific requirements field at check out
  • Important Note: Pricing is based on a per person basis; regardless of number of people booking, you are buying out the whole boat for your private tour
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • 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.

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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 face masks and attendee health during Private Tour: Florida Everglades Airboat Ride and Wildlife Adventure?
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 Private Tour: Florida Everglades Airboat Ride and Wildlife Adventure.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Private Tour: Florida Everglades Airboat Ride and Wildlife Adventure?
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 Private Tour: Florida Everglades Airboat Ride and Wildlife Adventure.

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star-4
Interesting
Glen_B
, Nov 2021
Seen a gator, turtle, blue Herron, and a azinga I think is what the guide called it. Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly
star-5
Fun day in the Everglades
Lindsay_M
, Oct 2021
Great trip! We saw alligators, turtkes, ducks, a few birds, and we really enjoyed riding the airboat through the everglades. Our kids loved it! Our guide, Chuck, was fun and knowledgeable, and showed us more than just the wildlife. We After our tour, we tried gator tacos and our kids got to pet a baby alligator at the wildlife exhibit!
star-5
Fun Time for all!
Melissa_P
, Sep 2021
Josh was a wonderful captain! He put us on the gators 🐊 right away! It was so much fun seeing the wildlife up close and personal! The airboat ride is the only way to fully see and appreciate the Everglades. Bucket list item- Check!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thank you for visiting! Captain Josh will be so happy to hear you enjoyed the airboat tour!
star-5
Awesome experience
Meldon_S
, Sep 2021
We had a great time got to see a big gator and a couple of soft shelled turtles. The private tour is definitely worth the money
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
We are so glad you enjoyed your private airboat tour. It certainly is a lot more exciting to be on the smaller boat for more time.
star-5
Fun ride
Rowina_T
, Aug 2021
Captain Jack was so much fun. Got to see a gator but weather had the rest hiding. Love the exhibit and the shop.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Captain Jack is so happy you enjoyed your private airboat tour. Thank you for your review!
star-4
An interesting place to adventure through.
Andrew_M
, Jul 2021
Our family had a good time on a private boat tour. We did not learn much from our Captain, and the tour was a bit boring as a result. Nevertheless, the environment is interesting, we saw a large alligator in it's natural habitat, and we had fun zooming through the everglades.
star-5
Air boat everglades
JeanetteR_C
, Jul 2021
Beautiful tour of the everglades! Captain john was amazing. We really enjoyed the nature and captains knowledge of the area
star-2
Save your $, do group tour!
Neeley_J
, Jul 2021
I would stick to the group tour rather than pay $300 for a private one…. While being on the boat for 45 minutes (not an hour like is stated) saw 1 alligator (that my spouse spotted) from a distance in the water. Tour guide not very informative at all basically made excuses the entire time on why we probably weren’t going to see a gator. Our purpose in visiting Florida was to take kids on an airboat ride to see gators. Luckily this place has their own gators in a pond where my kids could walk to fence & see one or the whole experience would have been a waste.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Very good
Alberta_S
, Jun 2021
Sharing time with my Granddaughters, 1 with a husband all in their 30's and daughter. We had a nice lunch and enjoyed the viewing of the snakes, birds and peacock. First time we had ever seen a Skink. Captain John on our airboat ride was very good. It was great to be in the Everglades and have this adventure.
star-4
Fun Florida Everglades experience!
Reeves_S
, Jun 2021
We certainly enjoyed our private tour yesterday! The weather was perfect! Saw lots of alligators! This was a highlight of our vacation! Captain Michael was excellent!!

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