Florida Everglades Airboat and Wildlife Experience
Cast off on this unique and exciting group airboat tour of the Florida Everglades and experience the raw beauty of this singular subtropical ecosystem. Come face to face with egrets, turtles, gators, and so much more, all from the safety and comfort of an airboat.
Your tour begins deep in the heart of the Florida Everglades at the Sawgrass Recreational Park, conveniently located only 30 minutes from Fort Lauderdale. Meet your knowledgeable and experienced captain as you climb aboard the speediest of airboats for a 30 minute tour of this spectacular natural environment. Go deep into the sawgrass and cattails of the Everglades, where you'll find all manner of exotic wildlife waiting to be encountered. Your airboat captain will guide you through this incredible wilderness, blasting through swampland at thrilling speeds of up to 40 miles-per-hour. You'll learn about the native Seminole tribes that inhabited this area, as well as the panthers, gators, and snakes who shared the rivers and swamps with them.
Once your exhilarating airboat tour is over, your tickets grant you access to all the exhibits and shows at the Sawgrass Park. Meet Cannibal, the park's 1000 pound Florida alligator at the park's reptile exhibit. There, you'll also encounter dozens of reptile species both native and exotic to the Florida Everglades, including friendly turtles and iguanas. And don't forget your camera because you won't want to miss the chance to show everyone at home how you expertly handled a baby alligator. From the reptile exhibit, move on to the unique "Swamp" Yard Island and get cozy with the park's collection of potbellied pigs, ducks, peacocks, and more.
Cap off your visit with some of Florida's most magnificent exotic wildlife. Meet the extremely rare black leopard and the endangered Florida panther and learn how much care goes into preserving this delicate ecosystem and its inhabitants.
Everglades airboat tours operate 7 days a week starting just after 9:00 AM. They continue every 20-30 minutes throughout the day until 3:30 PM with a final airboat adventure departing at 4:00 PM. The cost of the tour also grants you access to all intriguing exhibits at the Sawgrass Park. Experience firsthand the wonder and majesty of the Florida Everglades and all of its wildlife on this tour you won't soon forget!
Please Note: For cruise passengers, the tour departure location is approximately 23 miles, or a 25 to 30-minute drive, from the port to the tour departure location. Transportation to the tour departure location is not included with this tour.
Reviewer: Janel Tingey
We had a great time on the air boat - the guide was very knowledgeable, and made it fun! The boat was very loud and windy, but we saw lots of crocodiles and he pointed out lots of wildlife. The trip wasn't very long, but definitely a high point of our visit!!
Reviewer: Anthony Gin
Great excursion! The tour guide Disco was excellent. He was very knowledgeable and courteous. We actually came up to a 9 foot alligator next to our boat. Highly recommended.
Reviewer: lynnette guthrie
We had difficulty with the taxi driver understanding where to go and arrived at the wrong place. Fortunately we were early and another company's bus took us to the correct location. The taxi driver reimbursed the amount we paid the bus driver, which was fair. We did enjoy the airboat experience very much as well as the description of the everglades given by the boat driver. The wildlife display was O.K.
An air boat ride was on our bucket list and this excursion earned us a check mark. The boat ride was about 45 minutes, but that was all we needed and the price was very reasonable. Our guide found alligators and other wildlife and was a very smooth driver. The zoo part was also interesting and very informative. We saw all this and were only about 20 minutes out of downtown.
This is a very quick, 30 minute ride in an airboat. You really don't go out into the Everglades, there just isn't the time. You take a 5 min. ride to the center of an inlet, stop, the operator points out a few of the wildlife that is around. You sit there, ride another 5 mins. and do the same then it is back to the shop. Would have actually had a "30 minute ride" to see more of the Everglades but it was a nice little tour.