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: Lori Graffious
It was a fun thing to do with our 12 year old son.
Reviewer: marie a wilson
The trip was good, the guide gave great info about the Everglades and the eco system and future of the Everglades and the life in it. We saw a number of alligators and some birds. The animal 'shelter' adjacent to the site was home to a number of animals that had been seized from various private owners. The guides described the animals housed there and the projects they were involved in with regard to their rehabilitation and care. It was great to see jaguars, birds, tortoises, turtles and foxes and birds and very interesting to hear about the plans for the future. The only drawback was the organizing of transportation to the Airboat and back to Fort Lauderdale for our cruise. The hotel organized the taxi/Uber transportation for us, but as there were many ships leaving harbour that day all using the services, it was a bit nail-biting waiting for our return ride. That said, I would recommend this excursion with a caution regarding the time available for the 32 mile drive each way.
Reviewer: James Nguyen
This was a good excursion and easy to book. All I had to do is print out the coupon and show up. When I arrive, they assign me to a group (approximately 20 minute wait to get onto the boat). While I waited, I went to the mini zoo and got to held a baby alligator. I like the mini zoo. They had mountain lions, tortoises, peacocks, and a couple of other animals. The boat ride was fun. The driver went really fast and it was nice to feel the breeze. We did not get to see any alligators and the boat did break down out in the middle of the swamp (30 minute time limit). Despite this, my family still had a good time.
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.