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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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30-40 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-4
Worth the time!
Lesa_H
, May 2022
This tour is fine but not extraordinary. The boat is not stadium seating, which we expected, so our view was obscured (you only get the front row if you happen to be the first in line to load the boat.) We didn't see much, but it is quite amazing to fly across the grasses growing in the water. We wore the provided complimentary earplugs but we would have been fine without them. They take a photo of each party before they load the boat which is available for purchase (I wish they would have taken the photos with each party's own camera/cell phone). After the boat ride, we toured the wildlife enclosure, which was cool, but only took about 15 minutes. We are glad we went, but it wasn't as amazing of an experience as we were expecting.
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.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We understand your disappointment and we will be sure to look into this further to be sure the guide that took your tour out is corrected.
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 traveler 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 travelers 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 traveler 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.

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