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Florida Everglades Airboat Adventure and Wildlife Encounter

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Weston, United States
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-minute airboat ride
Admission to Sawgrass Recreation Park
Access to the park's Alligator and Reptile Exhibit
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.

And finally, in the Exotic Wildlife exhibit, get a peek at the park's wild cats—panthers, leopards, bobcats, caracals, and more.
Itinerary
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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
  • Protective mask is required for airboat tour and entrance into the gift shop (available for purchase)
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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.
  • Tour operator reserves the right to cancel the tour due to inclement weather
  • 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.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Florida Everglades Airboat Adventure and Wildlife Encounter?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Florida Everglades Airboat Adventure and Wildlife Encounter.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Florida Everglades Airboat Adventure and Wildlife Encounter?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Florida Everglades Airboat Adventure and Wildlife Encounter.

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star-4
Reasonable price
Janet_E
, Nov 2021
Short trip but reasonable price. Capt Marvin was fun and educational.. Staff was friendly at check in.
star-5
Great Experience, well...
Consuelo_Z
, Nov 2021
Great Experience, well organized. Loved the airboat ride and close encounter with 🐊. And other wildlife.
star-5
Fun, thrilling and educational...overall great trip!
catherine_d
, Nov 2021
If you're looking for a fun adventure for family of all ages, this is definitely a great choice. Our family consists of 80+yr olds -16yr old, we all had a fun time. The trip was not only educational but thrilling gliding through the everglades in search of alligators, turtles and birds. Fun and educational. Thanks for a great ride Josh.
star-5
Great morning being in the Everglades learning about Gators
Stacy_R
, Nov 2021
Lived in Fl my whole life and never did this. Great experience! Easy onboarding to boat, boat driver was very informative. Saw several gators, fun, 30 min overview of the animals on a boat. Then walked around exhibit, pet a baby gator, spoke to very informative guides about gator life. Was such a great experience without much expectation. Def recommend!
star-5
Our guide was great boat...
Sarra_E
, Nov 2021
Our guide was great boat #14. He was so knowledgeable about the area and the wildlife. We saw gators and learned so much.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Awesome captain, he was...
Jose_R
, Nov 2021
Awesome captain, he was very informative and entertaining. Will definitely come back and definitely recommend.
star-5
Great experience!
Connie_H
, Nov 2021
We actually saw the alligator right next to our boat and a turtle following it. Our captain was very informative.
star-5
For my wife’s birthday...
Neidje_S
, Nov 2021
For my wife’s birthday her brothers (Wesley S.)and I planned to come to the swap for some activity. From the time we walked in the gift shop to redeem our tickets we were met with the most cheerful 2 employees ever that really made my wife feel special on her day! Once one the air boat we couldn’t have asked for a better time! Seeing the wildlife and having a wild gator come face to face with me at my 1st row corner seat was an experience we will never forget! Thank you!
star-5
My cool Everglades tour
Darrell_T
, Nov 2021
Seeing the natural beauty of the Everglades and wildlife there. We encountered alligators, turtles, birds.
star-1
Boat guides are rude with the tipping
Steven_S
, Nov 2021
The entire visit there was perfect until…. At the end of our boat ride our guide pointed out that “they don’t tell you this when you get your tickets but we take gratuity”. Ok that’s fine but when we were leaving he called out each person who didn’t or had to go to their car to get cash making them feel bad for not tipping when we simply just didn’t know. Obviously at this point I wasn’t tipping bc of how he was making people feel and to publicly call out each row exiting who didn’t tip is honestly just disrespectful. Any tip I was willing to go to my vehicle to get for the guide went away when I saw this behavior. Train your guide on manners. Not everyone doesn’t want to tip, some of us just don’t take our wallets on a boat into a swamp.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
We are incredibly disappointed to hear this was your experience. We do not at all tolerate this behavior from our staff and we will absolutely make sure this is rectified. Thank you so much for your input.
1 traveler found this review helpful

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