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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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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
Sawgrass Recreation Park , 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.)

This activity will end right where it started.
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 within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • 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.
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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-4
Flying over grasses
Elizabeth_C
, Aug 2022
An amazing ride on an incredible vehicle - the airboat experience of gliding over water & grass & lilies seamlessly was magical. We didn’t see any alligators but lots of insects & birds & it was still a great experience in a beautiful & unusual landscape
star-5
Boat ride was really fun,...
Mary_W
, Jul 2022
Boat ride was really fun, our guide Geo was very knowledgeable of the area and history. Staff was friendly and restrooms were CLEAN and modern. Only problem was we didn’t see many gators but that’s the risk you take booking an experience with wild animals. Still highly recommend!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review! Captain Gio will be very happy to learn you enjoyed your private airboat tour. Hope to see you again!
star-5
Great experience good ride
Robert_K
, Jul 2022
15 ft alligator nice birds and house in the swamp great driver very knowledgeable a lot of good information
star-5
An adventure you won’t want to miss!
Donna_R
, Jul 2022
The experience was amazing! We were excited to ride the airboat and to see alligators in their natural habitat.
star-3
Go elsewhere
Victor_R
, Jun 2022
Boring tour.A viator rip off. Information on the tour is sketchy. Look elsewhere and find a non corporate tour.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
A visit to a little slice of heaven
John_B
, May 2022
It was a gorgeous day, and a beautiful ride. What a magical place. Jimmy is super knowledgeable and friendly and put us right at ease. This everglade tour was better than I had even hoped for.
star-5
Woohoo
MelanieZigman
, May 2022
Thanks to Captain Daniel! My friend and I had the best tour. Learned a lot and lots of fun. Definitely worth the trip
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you so much! Captain Daniel will be so pleased to hear you enjoyed his tour!
star-5
Definitely worth your time!
MARJIE_S
, Apr 2022
We took a private tour on an airboat. Our guide was fantastic. We saw different bird life, multiple allegations (even watched one catch a fish and eat it), iguanas too. Definitely a great experience for all ages.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Myths verses facts
Mary_D
, Apr 2022
Seeing the alligators and learning the myths and facts of alligators. Captain Mike was very nice and knowledgeable.
star-5
Gliding Thru the Everglades
Susan_M
, Apr 2022
We had an hour private ride & Capt. John gave us his full attention. He was very experienced & shared a lot of everglades information. My only negative was the wildlife exhibits. The giant tortoise seemed in too small of an enclosure.
star-5
Fun and exciting!
David_S
, Apr 2022
This was a great experience the tour guide was amazing and had a lot of knowledge about the Everglades. We even got to see four alligators even though it was mating season where they are supposed to be gone. It was a really cool tour!
star-5
Cap. Jimmy
harley_r
, Apr 2022
Cap. Jimmy was great! Super with the kids and personable! We highly recommend him! Knew a TON about the local flora and fauna too.
star-5
Going on places that seem...
Roberta_G
, Mar 2022
Going on places that seem to be untouched by humans to find the gators. We saw 6 on a cold, windy day.
star-5
Fun for everyone.
Harold_S
, Mar 2022
Captain Mike was a great tour guide. Right amount of interesting information and humor. All ages enjoyed it.
star-5
fun and informative
Roy_W
, Mar 2022
Lots of fun and very informative. Capt. Mike was very knowledgeable about the area wildlife and found us some alligators even though it was mating season and they were hard to find.
star-5
Captain Chuck was great!
Kevin_C
, Mar 2022
Captain Chuck was entertaining and informative. A great and memorable experience for the entire family.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Fun time with family
Daniel_A
, Mar 2022
We had a great time zooming about on our airboat and learned a lot about the Everglades and the state in general from our terrific guide, Captain Jimmy. I definitely recommend the full hour trip.
star-5
Best Time
Doug_B
, Mar 2022
Our captain Tim was amazing, so knowledgeable & we really enjoyed our time. Even our 15 year daughter loved it!
star-5
Enjoyable tour of sawgrass!
CaliT
, Mar 2022
Must checkin in office even though you have your ticket - easy process - then just wait for a captain to be available after that. Depending on weather you may or may not see alligators - we saw one, a blue heron a few other birds and one big iguana. Boat ride was enjoyable. After your ride tour you can visit the caged animals and can touch a baby alligator. They have lots of gator souvenirs, cold drinks (which you may bring on the boat) and a snack shack below. We chose this tour because of the proximity to our hotel in Weston.
star-4
Seeing the baby alligator...
Stephen_S
, Mar 2022
Seeing the baby alligator and 2 adult males. The driver provided a lot of background and readily provided answers to our questions.

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