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Florida Everglades Airboat Adventure and Wildlife Encounter

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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
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
star-2
Not very good experience
Kyle_A
, Jun 2022
Inside staff was rude. Blond lady. Captain Jack was cool. His mic didn’t work so we couldn’t hear him. Saw no gators. Wouldn’t recommend sorry.
star-5
Guide was very...
joneric_w
, Jun 2022
Guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. The kids especially liked the reptile exhibit. Wish the air boat ride was a bit longer.
star-4
Definitely worth your time!
Sue_D
, Jun 2022
Our tour guide was so good, I’m so sorry I can’t remember his name. Definitely educated himself on the Glades. Very personable!!! Tried so hard to find gators for us to see-just not in the cards for us that day.
star-5
Fun and fast
gmpz8sxk9d
, Jun 2022
The views were Cool and, and so we’re the gators. Being on an airboat was fun. The staff was also very accommodating.
star-4
Florida vacation adventure
Amanda_H
, Jun 2022
Truly enjoyed the experience of looking for gators and seeing them in there national habitats. The exhibit of the other animals was just as good to see. The keepers and caregivers of the animals were friendly and knowledgeable about each animal. Great place to visit
star-5
Airboat adventure
Nicki_H
, Jun 2022
It was wet every Penny. Saw some gators and interesting birds as well. Guide did a good job explaining Gator behavior
star-5
Purple swamp chicken
Nancy_R
, Jun 2022
Got to see a purple swamp chicken..our tour guide Mike was very good with us!!! Loved the exhibits….
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Easy to book
Ange_S
, Jun 2022
Easy to book and complete! Very good service. I will use it again in the future!!! Had no problem at all
star-5
It was a fun experience...
Julio_B
, May 2022
It was a fun experience because my family and I were not familiar with the Everglades. They had a nice little gift shop with ice cream. Very friendly! We would do this again!
star-5
Great boat tour
Jason_B
, May 2022
We enjoy the boat tour in the Everglades it was our first time with this type of experience and I would totally recommend it. Our guide was awesome!
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.
1 traveler found this review helpful
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.

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