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Private Tour: Florida Everglades Airboat Ride and Wildlife Adventure

Weston, United States

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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
Private 60-minute airboat ride
Captain's gratuity
Hotel pickup and drop off
Food and drinks

Departure Point

Sawgrass Recreation Park, 1006 North, US-27, Weston, FL 33029, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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 during the 'Hold a Baby Alligator' experience.

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.
Stop At:  
Everglades National Park
This private, reservation-only tour includes an extended 60-minute airboat tour in a customized airboat, specially designed for smaller groups. Sawgrass Recreation Park, where your tour departs from, is an easy 25-minute drive from Ft Lauderdale. Zipping over the Florida Everglades at speeds of up to 40 miles (64 km) an hour, your 60-minute private airboat tour includes wildlife spotting and entertaining stories from your experienced captain. Hear tall tales and true of the Seminole who lived in this wilderness, and of the panthers who shared their home.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
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

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.

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Traveler Tips

  • "We payed extra for a private 2 hour tour - so it was just the Captain, me and my teenage daughters who, at the beginning wanted to be ANYWHERE but here." See review


124 Reviews
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Perfect and in harmony with wildlife
, Mar 2020
Booked a private tour with our two kidz 3&5y. The guide went to every effort to make our trip worthwile. Very detailed information, very respectful towards nature. Impressive!
So fun!
, Feb 2020
We had an amazing time seeing alligators and beautiful birds. Debra, our guide was knowledgeable and attentive. We even got to hold an alligator at the end!
Excellent day trip!
, Feb 2020
This experience was amazing! Debra was knowledgeable and friendly. We learned a lot about alligators and the environment they live in. Besides seeing 4 alligators in the wild, we even got to hold a baby alligator at the end of our airboat ride. I would definitely recommend this Everglades private tour.
Good Time
, Feb 2020
Great experience, Captain Debra was awesome and the folks in the store, at the desk were as well. Enjoyed the tour!
Private tour is the way to go!
, Feb 2020
Six of us got a private tour and it was AWESOME! Cost a little more than a group tour but watching the kids in the front seat, hair whipping behind them, smiling like crazy was totally worth it. Captain Mike was cool and very knowledgable about the area, wildlife, and vegetation. Showed the kids a couple tricks (field craft) with the saw grass and they thought he was a Southern Bear Gryllis. Whether you do a group or private tour, you should totally do it, especially if you have kids. When our kids saw an alligator eat a fish right in front of the boat it blew their minds. We had a blast!!!
Fantastic experience
, Dec 2019
Captain Paul was fantastic, we saw three alligators and everyone had a blast! We would all highly recommend this adventure.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
We're so pleased to hear you enjoyed your tour with Captain Paul! We hope to see you again!
Sawgrass recreation park
Lorraine R
, Jul 2019
Overpriced- Viator is very very overpriced - the attraction itself is not fair on the animals. The staff are not professional and really this attraction is not an attraction.
Viator sawgrass recreation park
Lorraine R
, Jul 2019
Unfortunately, this site is double the price of the actual place. Also we could not go on the airboat as storms about and we’ll Have to revisit. Also the actual website will allow morning bookings which may help to avoid afternoon storms
, Jun 2019
It was a fantastic experience. We were so happy that we as a group booked a private tour. We saw a number of alligators and just the experience of the boat was amazing. Would definitely recommend this experience to anyone travelling to Fort Lauderdale.
Group Trip
, Apr 2019
Absolutely worth to go for a group trip - 8 people maximum. Tim is a great guide who shares the knowledge about the wildlife. We saw 3 crocodiles and lots of beautiful birds.

Product code: 5190PRIVATE

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