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Private Tour: Florida Everglades Airboat Ride and Wildlife Adventure

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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 and Glades exhibits.
  • Private, daytime Florida Everglades airboat tour
  • Look for Florida gators and other wildlife up-close and from the water
  • See 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.'

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 sanitization during Private Tour: Florida Everglades Airboat Ride and Wildlife Adventure?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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star-3
The Everglades were...
Gary_S
, Jan 2022
The Everglades were beautiful and our captain was nice and knowledgeable. Because the weather had been slightly chilly, the tour company hadn’t seen crocodile for days. Seeing crocodile is a key part of the experience. The should have let us know. We would have changed from 2 hour to 1 hour tour.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. It certainly is more difficult to find alligators in the wild when the weather is colder out. We hope you are able to visit again during a warmer season!
star-5
A Great experience in the glades
Dominick_S
, Jan 2022
Really enjoyed seeing a gator in its natural environment. The ride itself is a lot of fun. Captain Chuck was very friendly and knowledgeable.
star-4
Enjoyable family event
Frank_V
, Jan 2022
Definitely recommend. We did have challenges with the cut and paste feature with Google maps and being sent to Hiakaleh. This led to a grumpy but accommodating reception from one of the dispatch personnel. That said, we were pleased we still received our 1 hour private tour in spite of that. Mike, our air boat navigator was very informative and seemed to really enjoy his job which made it that much more interesting. The reptile area was also intriguing. Finally at our departure the person who had been a little grumpy at our arrival seemed to be much nicer when crossed paths in the store prior to us leaving. I get small business as a former business owner so I grant a pass for that initial knee jerk reaction.
star-4
Wrong boat
Eric_K
, Jan 2022
The tour guide was very good but I was disappointed that we paid a lot of money for a private boat but he told us the smaller boats set up for this were all out so he had to take us in one set up for large parties.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your visit. We appreciate your feedback and we understand your disappointment in regards to the size boat you were taken on. We will discuss this with our staff in an effort to remedy future visits.
star-5
Worth doing
Andrew_R
, Jan 2022
Great tour and tour guide was excellent - the boat was an event itself and we all got up close to Alligators
star-5
Best Everglades Tour Ever
Karl_Z
, Dec 2021
The best part was seeing a 10’ alligator up close and personal. The second best part was doing this ride during the sunset. Our tour guide was very gracious and extremely knowledgeable
star-5
River of grass.
David_G
, Dec 2021
Very different from most airboat rides I’ve done through mangrove forests and in my opinion better. Phenomenal views of the river of grass.
star-3
Great experience but no wildlife
vaillan5758
, Dec 2021
Enjoyed the ride but would have loved to see more wildlife. Only saw 1 alligator. Boat broke down and we were stuck for about 25 minutes.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
We are so sorry about the technical issues you had during your airboat tour. We recently had a cold front so it was a bit difficult to find alligators in the wild. We hope you are able to visit again sometime!
star-5
Awesome
Kevin_C
, Dec 2021
Finding gators, large and small. Birds birds birds. Smooth ride fresh air... wonderful day. Our companions in their 80s were so thrilled, as were we n to experience something so unusual
star-4
Shorted time on the boat
Charles_V
, Dec 2021
Well we bought the 2 hour tour. I were back within 70 minutes. A 60 minute tour is a lot less than a 2 hour tour. Save yourself some $$ and only book a 60 minute tour because you won't get the full 2 hours. A refund is due.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
We are so sorry about your experience being shorted in time. This was certainly an error on our part. We have issued a refund to you. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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