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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.  

Tours & Tickets

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Miami Combo Tour: City Sightseeing, Biscayne Bay Cruise and Everglades Airboat Ride

4 star rating: Recommended 365 Reviews

Experience Miami’s highlights by boat and bus on this combo tour. Take a sightseeing coach tour through the city and explore beautiful South Beach, the ...  Read more

Location: Miami, Florida
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $67.99

Florida Everglades Airboat Tour and Alligator Encounter with Lunch

4.5 star rating: Recommended 18 Reviews

Explore the natural side of Florida and experience its peaceful beauty on an adventure through the Florida Everglades. This ultimate Florida experience ...  Read more

Location: Orlando, Florida
Duration: 30 minutes or 1 hour

From USD $47.29

Small-Group Tour: Everglades Adventure Day Trip from Greater Fort Myers/Naples Area

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 12 Reviews

Spend a full day exploring the wilderness of the Everglades on this adventure from the Greater Fort Myers/Naples area. With your naturalist guide, take an ...  Read more

Location: Fort Myers, Florida
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $158.99

Florida Everglades Airboat Adventure and Wildlife Encounter Ticket

4.5 star rating: Recommended 52 Reviews

Hold on tight for the most popular Florida Everglades airboat ride, at Sawgrass Recreation Park! An exhilarating airboat tour is the perfect introduction to ...  Read more

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Duration: 2 - 4 hours

From USD $17.49
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Everglades Family Adventure Tour from Greater Fort Myers/Naples Area

Enjoy a fun, educational adventure that’s perfect for the whole family on this half-day Everglades tour from the Greater Fort Myers/Naples area. Learn about ...  Read more

Location: Fort Myers, Florida
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $79.99

Small-Group Tour: Everglades Adventure Day Trip from Ft Lauderdale

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 45 Reviews

Explore the wilderness of the Everglades for a full day on this adventure from Ft Lauderdale. With your naturalist guide, take a thrilling airboat ride, spot ...  Read more

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $158.99

Private Tour: Florida Everglades Airboat Ride and Wildlife Adventure

4.5 star rating: Recommended 34 Reviews

For a truly special Florida Everglades airboat tour, splash out on a private airboat ride at Sawgrass Recreation Park. You’ll see Florida gators and other ...  Read more

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Duration: 2 - 4 hours

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Kennedy Space Center and Everglades Airboat Safari from Orlando

4.5 star rating: Recommended 90 Reviews

Experience the spills and thrills of space travel plus the wild beauty of the Everglades on this fun-filled combo day trip from Orlando! Discover Florida’s ...  Read more

Location: Orlando, Florida
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $118.99

Miami Day Trip and Florida Everglades Airboat Ride

4.5 star rating: Recommended 66 Reviews

This day trip from Orlando takes you to two of Florida’s most famous destinations: Miami and the Florida Everglades. Search for gators on an exciting airboat ...  Read more

Location: Orlando, Florida
Duration: 15 hours (approx.)

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Miami Everglades Airboat Adventure with Transport

4 star rating: Recommended 152 Reviews

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Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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