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Everglades Airboat Rides and Tours

By Viator, October 2013

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There are a few things that are synonymous with the Everglades: alligators, swamp and airboats. Airboats, also known as fanboats, are flat-bottomed vessels that are propelled by an aircraft-type propeller and powered by either an aircraft or automotive engine. A popular means of transportation in the Everglades, airboats allow passage in marshy and shallow areas that would not be accessible by a standard engine with a submerged propeller.

Used primarily for fishing and eco-tourism, a ride on an airboat is one of the most popular activities for visitors to the Florida Everglades. With tours departing several locations in the National Park, airboat rides are the quintessential way to explore the sawgrass marshes, mangrove forests and other eco-systems of the expansive national park. Allowing access where regular boats can’t go (and faster than you can paddle), airboat tours allow passengers to explore the natural beauty of the area as well as spot some of the more than 300 species of birds, 300 species of fish, more than 40 types of mammals and 50 species of reptiles, including alligators.

Airboats can seat between six and 20 people, depending on the size of the boat. Most airboat tours costs between $18 - $20 for adults and $10 – $12 for children for a 30 minute ride, depending on the company. Tours last between 30 minutes and 90 minutes, depending on the tour company, and often include additional entertainment such as an alligator show or tours of nature exhibits.

A few tips for enjoying your airboat tour:
  • Make sure to wear comfortable clothes. As the airboats sit low in the water, you'll be right next to the water and it's possible that you might get wet.
  • Dress for the weather. Temperatures can reach 95 degrees Fahrenheit (35 degrees Celsius) in the summer and sink to 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius) in the winter.
  • Wear insect repellent and plenty of sunscreen. While the mosquitoes tend to stay away while the boat’s moving, they will find you when the boat stops.
  • Don’t forget your camera—you’ll be up close with the flora and fauna of the Everglades.  

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