• Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)
From USD $ 43.69 View price calendar

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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.

Highlights

  • 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

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

Peter T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

We stayed a week at Ft.Lauderdale beach, but THIS was the highlight of our trip. We payed extra for a private 2 hour tour - so it was just the Captain, me and my teenage daughters who, at the beginning wanted to be ANYWHERE but here. But soon, that changed - the captain took us far and wide into the everglades, we witnessed crocs and turtles in the wild, and saw some extraordinary birds. It was exhilarating riding at approx 40 mph on the craft, and the two hours went very quickly. At the end the girls didn't want to get off the boat!

But we toured the exhibits a while and enjoyed that - especailly holding the baby alligator!

Thank you Sawgrass Recreational Park - our Captain and the staff. It was a GREAT experience and highly recommended.

Daryl B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Very informative and fun ride! Capitan Charles was able to find us some alligators to get close to, and gave us a lot of information about the glades as well as the area around the glades. Only thing that would have made it better would have been a little more time exploring the area, but still a 5 star!

Klaus S USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

It was rally great! Captain Bob gave us a lot of fascinating information. I recommend this private tour very highly.

Kelvin A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

AWESOME--- CAPTAIN CHUCK DID A GREAT JOB---WILL DO THIS AGAIN

Eric F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Our tour was beyond amazing and our Captain Jim was fun and had tons of info and facts about the Everglades and history about it. We had a chance to see our share of gators. We booked the private tour and we highly suggest it. It made for a more personal experience 5 Stars!

Michael H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Tour departed on time and was a great experience! Captain Charles took the time to make our trip special. He stopped at certain points to explain the history of the Everglades and to pick up empty Apple Snail shells to give to our young daughters! Captain Charles spotted a baby alligator sitting in the middle of silt on top of the water. Brought the boat back around so we could all get a glimpse! Over all great trip!

Robert P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Highly recommend this tour. Most definitely pay the extra amount for the private tour, well worth it. Our guide was a lady and she was wonderful. No alligators that day too hot and high water due to rainfall but she still managed to make it a great experience. If you are doing an airboat tour please use this company they are amazing!!

Alison T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

Captain John was awesome!!
Very informative and fun!!
Great trip!!!

krimetzs1

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

I now only do private tours when I book if they are available. We saw plenty of alligators during this tour. As our guide said, Perfect weather for the gators. Captain Jim grew up in the area and we enjoyed every minute of our tour. he was able to answer any of our questions and we would have enjoyed our tour even if we hadn't seem lots of alligators. Our experience here gave us the practice of spotting gators so that as we traveled Hwy 41 afterwards, we could spot alligators all along the waterways. We highly recommend this tour.

Ted A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

BEST tour ever! Captain Chuck made it fun and gave us an excellent education on the fragile ecosystem if the Everglades! DON and #39;T MISS OUT - take this tour!

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