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Private Tour: Florida Everglades Airboat Ride and Wildlife Adventure

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icon1 hour  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Overview

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, Glades, and Exotic Wildlife exhibits.
  • Private, daytime Florida Everglades airboat tour
  • Look for Florida gators and other wildlife up-close and from the water
  • See panther, 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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Departure Point

1006 US-27, Weston, FL 33327, USA

Return Details

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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.'

And finally, in the Exotic Wildlife exhibit, enjoy up-close views of wild cats—bobcats, panthers, leopards, caracals, and more.

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 at time of booking
  • 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

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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 face masks and attendee health during Private Tour: Florida Everglades Airboat Ride and Wildlife Adventure?
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 Private Tour: Florida Everglades Airboat Ride and Wildlife Adventure.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Private Tour: Florida Everglades Airboat Ride and Wildlife Adventure?
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 Private Tour: Florida Everglades Airboat Ride and Wildlife Adventure.

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I loved this tour!
Rafael_R
, Jun 2021
I loved this tour! Starting the ride, I told myself "I made a mistake, 1 hour is too long for a boat ride like this".... Eventually Mike, our tour guide, show us different places in the swamp and we found about four alligators. The contact with the nature, the landscape and to be in the middle of this beatiful place give us differents perspective 1 hour is perfect, the best time the earliest in summer (we started at 9) and midday in colder seasons.
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A Wonderful Tour
Heidi_B
, Jun 2021
We enjoyed Captain Tim’s extensive knowledge of the flora and fauna of the area and his sense of humor. We saw numerous alligators, birds and fish. We also had a very fun boat ride.
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Sawgrass private airboat tour
Dawn_S
, May 2021
Must do the private tour. Tony was a great Captain. We saw 4 gators and my teenage kids had a great time.
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Exceeded expectations!
Shawn_S
, May 2021
Booked a private, 4-person boat and our tour guide (Dalton) was the best! He was super friendly, very informative, and really enjoyed giving us a tour of the everglades. He even has a tattooed alligator on his arm, he loves his job THAT much! Highly recommended!
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Thank you so much! Dalton will be so happy to hear you enjoyed his tour (and his tattoo haha!!)
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The captain was the best!
Catherine_B
, May 2021
Captain Tim was amazing! We loved our trip. Saw lots of alligators & cool birds. We took a private boat just my husband & I.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Captain Tim will be happy to hear you enjoyed your private airboat tour. Thank you for your review!
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Educational thrill ride
Jack_W
, May 2021
What a great experience. The alligators, birds, fish, and plant life were all explained by a very knowledgeable operator and guide. It was also a very thrilling ride to be flying over the water and grass at high speed. Anyone coming to Florida should not miss this adventure. Worth every penny. I think I want an airboat.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your private airboat adventure so much! Thanks for coming out!
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Exactly what I hoped it would be.
Jill_S
, May 2021
Captain John was an excellent host with a vast knowledge of the Everglades and every species of animal calling it home.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Captain John will be so pleased to hear you enjoyed his tour! Thanks for your visit!
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Great experience!
Jean_S
, May 2021
Mike was an AWESOME tour guide, lots of gators to see as well as birds and fish!! Highly recommend if you are in the area, educational and entertaining!
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Private tour
Beth_H
, May 2021
Saw quite a few gators lots of birds our guide was very knowledgeable on wildlife we did the 1 hour private tour with 6 of us I would recommend doing the 2 hour if you have time . We are adult siblings and spouses
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For two lifelong worldwide sailors, a novel nautical experience
Thomas_G
, Apr 2021
Memorable highlights: boat speed/ navigational puzzle/theoretical risk/ drama/swimming and resting gators/birds/sawgrass/flowers/first time experience/superb driver and guide, articulate and confident
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