Fort Lauderdale

Florida Everglades Airboat Adventure and Wildlife Encounter

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  • 30 minutes
  • Offered in: English


Escape to the Florida Everglades for this 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 animal exhibit and a guided airboat tour.
  • Everglades airboat ride plus admission to Sawgrass Recreation Park
  • Speed through the Everglades on a thrilling airboat ride
  • See native and exotic species of animals, including alligators and tortoises
  • Learn about the park's conservation measures
  • Access to the park's Reptile and Exotic Wildlife exhibits included

What's Included

  • 40 minute guided airboat ride
  • Admission to Sawgrass Recreation Park
  • Access to the park's Alligator and Reptile Exhibit
  • Total duration of visit is about 2 hours
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Captain's Gratuities (optional)

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Sawgrass Recreation Park Everglades Airboat Eco Adventures
    1006 US Hwy 27, Weston, FL 33327, USA

    Sawgrass Recreation Park is 2 miles North of I-75 on Highway 27, at Mile Marker 35

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Make your own way to Sawgrass Recreation Park just a short drive from downtown Fort Lauderdale, in the heart of the Florida Everglades.

Begin with an exciting 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 talk about how these animals live and survive in the wild.

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.

Sawgrass Recreation Park

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Reservation date and time required. Tours leave every 30 minutes from 9:30am to 3:30pm
  • Any age child can enjoy the airboat tour. Children 3 years and under are free. It is not necessary to purchase a ticket for ages 3 years and under.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Tour operator reserves the right to cancel the tour due to inclement weather
  • If you have selected the 4 p.m. time please note that it is a check in time only and that your airboat adventure will be leaving the dock at 5 p.m. so that you have ample time to explore the exhibit areas before they close at 5 p.m. 
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Captain Disco was a great tour guide. I would recommend this tour to others . We were able to see several alligators


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Good experience
Veronika_L, Apr 2024
Captain Jack was awesome, he explained that we may not see any alligators and he was able to guide us to see 3-4 alligators. The airboat is really loud so be ready and bring extra ear protection for young kids.
Fun day!!
Helga_D, Apr 2024
We had a great time visiting the reptile exhibits and then we went on the airboat ride. We saw 3 alligators and several species of birds. Captain Johnathan was very informative. Make sure to plan for the 2 hour duration.
Great Everglades experience by airboat
Michael_M, Apr 2024
The airboat ride was great. Fast enough to keep your interest but perfectly safe. The boat captain (sorry, can’t remember his name) was great. He was informative, friendly and very capable. Overall, great experience!!
A great experience.
Corrina_I, Apr 2024
Brilliant experience. Captain Disco was great, very funny and knowledgeable. Found us lots of alligators which were just amazing to see. Really enjoyed the boat ride too.
Good air boat ride with alligators
Dennis_P, Apr 2024
Good air boat ride, captain was very informative and saw some alligators, one in particular that stayed around the boat for minutes. The wildlife area was very interesting.
The weather was good and the experience was just ok. .
Linda_G, Apr 2024
We thought the guide would talk about the Everglades and we would learn more about the habitat. Just saw a few birds.
Was a great experience...
Dima_N, Apr 2024
Was a great experience even tho no alligators seen but the boat and captain was funn. Was a first time adventure
Fun Time
Shanna_N, Mar 2024
We saw 4 gators on our boat ride. The kids absolutely loved it! The exhibits were really cool, the kids got to “hold” a baby gator.
Airboat was fun! May be...
Shalonda_S, Mar 2024
Airboat was fun! May be too much wind for some younger kids depending on how sensitive they are to noise and things but we had an amazing time and we actually did see a few Gators while out on the boat
Fun time
Bree_M, Mar 2024
The airboat was a lot of fun, we did get to see an alligator swim by. The captain was very knowledgeable about the area.
edria_t, Mar 2024
Was my first time on an air boat, was loud but they provided ear plugs. Great friendly staff. We saw a couple alligators on the ride and got to touch a young gator at the reptile park area. We all enjoyed it and glad we made the quick stop to do it! We were in and out in about 2 hours.
Great experience!
Amanda_F, Mar 2024
Saw a bunch of alligators big and small! Captain was personable and knowledgeable. Petting the baby alligator and holding is was amazing! My whole family loved it.
Picture hunt for crocodile
HasanMelih_K, Mar 2024
Cpt. Disco was very gentlle and soft person. My english level is intermediate english but l understand him explanations. All my experince was very nice.
Great time with family
Christopher_P, Mar 2024
The boat ride was great! Captain Russ answered all of our questions and we got to see a gator, lots of fun birds and a few iguanas. The gator show and exhibits were also fun.
It was a great tour of...
Vida_M, Mar 2024
It was a great tour of the everglades and the staff is very knowledgeable about the area and the animals. Definitely take the time to experience the alligator talk.
Great experience!
Ed_G, Mar 2024
We really enjoyed the airboat tour! Captain Disco did a great job explaining things and then finding alligators in their native areas in the Everglades. Highly recommended!
Quick simple fun!
Chloe_M, Mar 2024
This airboat ride was so much fun, the time passed so quickly because of it. We were lucky enough to see a few alligators (but don’t expect to see one in every direction). The free on-site exhibit with multiple different animals was really cool to see and we were able to pet a baby alligator. There’s an on-site food truck that was also yummy… even the gator bites LOL.
Great experience,...
Michael_D, Mar 2024
Great experience, friendly captain.we only saw two alligators, but overall experience was awesome. Would recommend to anyone
Fabulous day out!
Ian_K, Mar 2024
A super day out, really enjoyed the experience, we saw lots of wildlife including a couple of alligators, our guide was very informative- super day!!
qbnamrkn, Mar 2024
The alligators we spotted. Also the park's Exhibit of reptiles. The captain on airboat was very informative.

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