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Tour code: 5190AIRBOAT
Escape to the Florida Everglades for this 30-minute airboat adventure and wildlife encounter at Sawgrass Recreation Park. This exciting airboat ride is a great way to experience the unique subtropical ecosystem of the Everglades. Skim across the grassy water at speeds up to 40 miles per hour while looking for wildlife like alligators, fish, turtles and wading birds. This guided tour includes entrance to Sawgrass Recreation Park and an admission ticket to the Reptile, Glades and Exotic Wildlife exhibits.

Highlights

  • Everglades airboat ride plus admission to Sawgrass Recreation Park
  • Speed through the Everglades on a 30-minute airboat ride
  • See native and exotic species of animals, including alligators, tortoises and panthers
  • Learn about the park's conservation measures
  • Access to the park's Reptile, Swamp Yard and Exotic Wildlife exhibits included

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What You Can Expect

Florida Everglades Airboat Adventure and Wildlife Encounter Ticket

Florida Everglades Airboat Adventure and Wildlife Encounter Ticket

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

Begin with a 30-minute airboat tour of the Everglades, and skim along the grassy water at speeds up to 40 miles per hour (64 kph) while learning about the area’s subtropical ecosystem from the experienced captain. Look for a variety of wildlife, like alligators, fish, turtles and wading birds.

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 intimidating 1,000-pound (454-kg) alligator. The park’s handlers are always happy to show and tell how these animals live and survive in the wild. Bring a camera to capture the 'Hold a Baby Alligator' experience.

In the Glades Exhibit, learn about the history of the area and its conservation efforts in a video presentation. Then check out the African spur thigh tortoises, which range in size from 20 to over 100 pounds (9 to over 45 kg) each, plus rare gopher tortoises (which were rescued from a construction site), iguanas and colorful peacocks.

And finally, in the Exotic Wildlife exhibit, get up close and personal with wild cats — panthers, leopards, bobcats, caracals and more.

Customer Reviews

Donna B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Awesome trip. It was so worth it!!!

Natalie B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

loved it! was fun and informative at the same time. We really enjoyed ourselves!

Michael L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

The trip is just as advertised! Our guide was fun and informative and he got us VERY close to the gators. It is wonderful that the wildlife in the encounter zoo are all rescues saved from being put down. The entire staff was great and answered every question with a smile except for the woman at the gift area in the zoo who couldn't be bothered to get her nose out of her computer. 30 minutes goes by fast yet it was enough and perfect for the kids attention span. Go for it!

Char

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Was a lot of fun and informative. A little dissapointed that we didn't see alligator in everglades but was worth the trip

Marina S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Very fun experience.

besszana

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Fabulous. Tour guide was wonderful, saw three alligators. Animal area was OK, but still enjoyable.

Wendy B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

I would definitely recommend going on this airboat. It was a lot of fun seeing the alligators and turtles swimming up to the boat..

Steven Q

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Very good. Easy check in process. Boat captain took us out and we immediately found some 'gators and a turtle. My grandsons were amazed! At the Wildlife Encounter, everyone got to hold a baby gator. Highly recommended.

Corinne C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

excellent ride. We did not have to wait in line to get our tickets as we booked the trip in advance. The trip was very nice, lots of alligators, a turtle, fish and birds. The kids loved it. Well worth it!

aj

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

We had a truly wonderful experience on the air boat with a knowledgeable and entertaining boat captain / guide. We were fortunate to see a territorial standoff between two male alligators, an even that could not have been planned. The attached animal sanctuary helps to remind us of the importance of these beautiful creatures to our ecosystem.

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