Insider's Guide to Everglades National Park

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Tour code: 5190PRIVATE
Travel deep into Everglades National Park on this private, daytime 1-hour 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.


  • 60-minute 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
  • Small-group private tour ensures personal service
  • Includes general admission to the park and all exhibits and attractions
  • This private tour can only be booked in advance

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What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Florida Everglades Airboat Ride and Wildlife Adventure

Florida Everglades Airboat Adventure

A mere 25-minute drive from downtown Fort Lauderdale is Sawgrass Recreation Park, in the heart of the Florida Everglades.

On this private 1-hour Everglades airboat tour, cruise along the grassy water at speeds of up to 40 miles per hour (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 during the 'Hold a Baby Alligator' experience.

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 number of people booking, you are buying out the whole boat for your private tour.

Customer Reviews

Deborah S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

Elizabeth M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

Jimmy W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

Kathleen B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Guide was very knowledgeable. Great ride. Interesting facts. Saw lots of different wildlife.

Bruce M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was one of the most amazing excursions I have done. The captain was so informative about the everglades and we saw so much wildlife. Including 4 gators. Private is the way to go. It was just the two of us and even though it costs a bit more than the larger airboats, it was worth it. If you plan to go in the summer, go early due to the heat.

Gerry P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Tim took u a great trip, he is knowable of the area , and its inhabitants. this was a good trip.

Tara B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Loved having a private tour for our family! We were able to see alligators which is what we came for :! Our guide was great!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Captain Gerald is awesome. We had a great time!

Allan S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

it was a great trip..Captian Bob was informative,and fun to be with,
The kids loved him ..the adults even more. Great ride
The Swanson Family

Lanny V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Tour guide was fantastic. Saw many large alligators and learned much about the history of the everglades.

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