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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 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.

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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 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
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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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star-5
Good time
Michelle_R
, Aug 2022
The actual airboat ride was very fun. The guide was very friendly and professional and tried his best. Unfortunately did not see any alligators but we did see other interesting wildlife and he was very knowledgeable. Also In fairness, we did go out at the hottest part of the day which we now know is not the best time to see some of the other wildlife. Would recommend with this in mind. Good time for the money.
star-1
Disappointment
Nabia_B
, Aug 2022
There were no alligators except one in the whole park. Such waste of time & money . My kids were disappointed. Not worth it
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
We hope you were able to visit our alligator and reptile exhibits were we have several alligators and even babies guests can have the opportunity to touch their unique skin.
star-4
Fhe look on my granddaughter's face
Laura_R
, Jul 2022
The look on my granddaughter's face. It was happy. So happy. Very happy. Riding the boat was fun. So fun.
star-5
Worth it
Spring_C
, Jul 2022
Captain Johnny was great even though group wasn’t interacting he still gave info on gators and history of the area. We saw a gator and he pointed out bird species. Interesting facts and a fun affordable trip.
star-3
Waiting for more
Angel_U
, Jul 2022
A very short ride. Almost no animals for viewing. Only we saw el little alligator swimming. That was all.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
The general admission tour is a 30-40 minute boat ride. We also offer private tours for 1 hour or 90 minutes.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Super fun!
Isabela_A
, Jul 2022
Such a cool experience. Saw some gators in the wild & learned some really interesting facts about them at the little presentation. All of the staff were super nice as well. Loved that we got to touch a baby gator. Shoutout to captain disco, even the girls inside the store were friendly. Love going to places where the employees show how much they enjoy their job. Got a couple keychains with our picture on it for a little memory & was super cheap & overall a badass experience.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
This means so much to us! Thank you so much for your visit!
star-5
Amazing!
Lisa_F
, Jul 2022
This place was great! My wife and I had Case as our tour guide/airboat driver and he was fantastic. Very friendly, knowledgeable, and funny. After the airboat ride, we went to see the exhibit where all the reptiles are housed and learned a lot about them as well. The gift shop also has so many cute souvenirs. Highly recommend!
star-5
Great experience It was...
Isabel_M
, Jul 2022
Great experience It was interesting and fun. First time will recommend. Good for kids and family. Will do again
star-4
Easy to find and hard to...
Parinder_D
, Jul 2022
Easy to find and hard to leave!! This was scary and fun rolled into one! The guide was excellent and knowledgeable.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
We love your review! Thank you so much!
star-5
Awesome 👏🏾
Stephanie_G
, Jul 2022
This was a great experience, I truly enjoyed it! We did not see the gator 🐊 but the overall experience was worth it! And our nature tour guide Brett was amazing!
star-1
Soaking wet
Peter_D
, Jul 2022
The place looked great but we did not enjoy the experience because as soon as they took us out it started to rain and I mean rain hard everyone got soaking wet from head to toe after 10 min hey turned around and headed back in . We wernt even offered a refund
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
We always try our best to NOT send guests out when a storm is approaching but the summer weather in South Florida can be quite unpredictable. We certainly would have offered a refund to any guest that was not able to enjoy the full airboat tour due to inclement weather. Please feel free to contact me directly if you would like to discuss this further.
star-4
It was nice
Karee_F
, Jul 2022
It was nice. I wish we would have been able to see alligators or some type of wildlife on the airboat tour but the guide said it was too hot for them to be out. The staff was really nice and very knowledgeable about all the animals. We got to try blackened alligator tail (not a fan 🤢) buty husband and oldest son liked it. We also got to pet a baby alligator 🐊 which was pretty cool. I would have given 5 ⭐️ if we could have seen at least 1 animal in the water on the airboat. Overall it was a fun experience. I recommend doing but in the morning instead of late afternoon.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you so much for your visit! We also suggest guests visit in the morning for the best opportunity to see wildlife on the tour. This is also the best time to avoid afternoon thunderstorms that often approach suddenly at this time of year.
star-5
Airboat adventure
Cindy_O
, Jul 2022
We really enjoyed the airboat ride through the Everglades! We didn’t find any gators but we still had a great time! All of the staff were very friendly and helpful.
star-5
Just being there was good...
Kelvin_R
, Jul 2022
Just being there was good everything was awesome the staff was great and knowledgeable and the time was good
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Fun ride
Karen_P
, Jul 2022
The guide was very friendly and made the ride fun. I’m glad I bought a ticket. I would recommend this for anyone that looking for something to do that quick and cheap.
star-5
Awesome time
Marcus_C
, Jun 2022
Boat Captain was fun and knowledgeable. The ride was amazing...only saw one gator but definitely worth it!
star-5
Educational and exciting.
Randy_J
, Jun 2022
Airboat ride was awesome. Boat operator was great and also very educational on history and purpose for the Everglades.
star-4
Riding in the airboat and...
Sharmin_K
, Jun 2022
Riding in the airboat and information from tour guide. I was hoping to see some alligators during the ride
star-5
Excellent would definitely recommend!!
Andreana_H
, Jun 2022
This was a great experience and very educational. Everyone was very polite and friendly from the lady inside who we checked in with the boat ride and the animal exhibit personnel! Captain Mike was full of fun facts and made it a great adventure and we got to see alligators!! Thank you!
star-5
Good boat pilot it was...
Tommy_A
, Jun 2022
Good boat pilot it was awesome we went to the exhibits afterwards we saw alot of wildlife includining a cayman

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