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.