Fort Lauderdale

Florida Everglades Airboat Adventure and Wildlife Encounter

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From $28.84

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 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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Featured review
So glad we did this excursion. Barbara (captain of boat) very knowledgeable, friendly and personable. We fortunately seen 3 alligators in our 30 minutes. Priced right, close drive. Everglades are beautiful....take the time, go see


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Rebecca_C, Sep 2023
Brian made sure we seen a gator and pointed out various birds and grass species. The small informative show after was entertaining but the exhibit area is smaller than i expected.
Enjoyed the ride!
Jessica_H, Sep 2023
Although we didn't see any gators in their natural environment, we enjoyed the ride! The boat it's very noisy, even with ear plugs. I wouldn't recommend to small kids.
Airboat ride was fun
AimeeHarris, Sep 2023
Johnny was really nice and funny. We saw birds and grass. One little gator below the surface at a distance. The ride was fun and Johnny made it comical with his jokes. We went at 1030am before it was really hot which was the smart thing to do.
An awesome experience!!
Maria_Y, Sep 2023
Do not Uber to this place, it’s in the middle of nowhere, it almost took us an hour to get an Uber back!!
Response from Host, Sep 2023
All guests should simply type in Sawgrass Recreation Park to the GPS. Most guests are easily able to find round-trip transportation through UBER or LYFT but it can be difficult at peak times like holiday weekends
Great experience
Lorena_B, Aug 2023
It was such a great experience. The staff were all friendly and professional. Our boat driver really ensure you give us a good ride/experience
Captain was super dope...
Tiona_H, Aug 2023
Captain was super dope and knowledgeable. Got to see 3 different type of birds and a gator so our visit was everything. We also had some of the tasty gator bites from the food truck.
Response from Host, Sep 2023
What a blast! Thanks for your visit!
Waste of money
Edward_E, Aug 2023
We saw 1 bird. Not very entertaining at all, it was very noisy and hot. Felt like we were going around in circles.
Response from Host, Aug 2023
It can be difficult to find wildlife when the temperature is above 99 degrees and we have had quite a hot Summer! At this time of year, we always suggest the morning or the night tour as being the best time to visit to see wildlife.
Captain Disco is a great guide!
Paige_E, Aug 2023
Captain Disco (?) was great! So nice, great driver, full of interesting facts, found us a gator and a heron, saved my friend's hat when it flew into the back of the boat. The whole experience was great and very reasonably priced. 10/10!
Response from Host, Aug 2023
It's rare that anyone gets their hat back once it flies off! Glad to hear Captain Disco was able to catch that for you! Thanks for taking the time to visit us and to write your review!
Do not Bother
Cibi_J, Aug 2023
Warning . Do not bother with this one, nothing to see. The so called captain made no attempts to provide experience. Like he knew particularly in the hot weather, the wildlife stays underwater to keep cool.
Response from Host, Aug 2023
It can be difficult to find wildlife when the temperature is above 99 degrees and we have had quite a hot Summer! We always suggest the morning as being the best time to visit to see wildlife.
Amber_M, Aug 2023
Captain Josh is amazing. Very knowledgeable and friendly! He made the trip comfortable and exciting!
Very good air boat ride
Michelle_W, Aug 2023
Wild birds First time in air boat We didn’t see too much and no alligators, but that’s nature Captain Disko was very good Time went by fast We mostly wanted an air boat ride
Response from Host, Aug 2023
Thank you for your visit! Perhaps next time you would be interested in a private airboat tour and you can extend your time on the airboat!
Great family experience
Britney_C, Aug 2023
Fun experience with the kids! Recommend going when it’s not 90+ degrees but it was great! Cute gift shop and animal exhibits to check out.
Great experience. Will...
Y_D, Aug 2023
Great experience. Will definitely be going again. Captain Mike was the best. We loved the swamp experience & the exhibits
Highly Recommended
Nardia_M, Aug 2023
The trip was very informative. Captain Zach did an excellent job at educating us and throwing a few jokes to lighten the mood.
Fun activity!
Jennifer_S, Jul 2023
Fun for kids, teens, and adults. We were lucky and saw a few alligators and other wildlife. Tour guide was very informative. The boat is very loud so if you’re sensitive to that be aware. Cute, small exhibit after the tour with alligators and reptiles and a small food truck that sells alligator if you want to try it. Also, there is a a gift shop and restrooms. We were 2 adults and a teenager and we all enjoyed it.
Huge let down
Amber_L, Jul 2023
Very disappointing. We were all let down. We saw like 2 birds and some iguanas. Zero alligators. Definitely not worth the money for us and we 100% regretted the purchase.
Response from Host, Jul 2023
Thanks for your visit! It's difficult to find wildlife when it is so hot out. We suggest the morning to visit or one of our night tours to avoid the heat. We hope you were able to enjoy our exhibit where you can touch a baby alligator!
Fun time in the Glades
John_M, Jul 2023
This was a fun little outing. Really enjoyed it. Well worth the price of admission. We saw a couple of gators, but it was blazing hot out. Our very knowledgeable boat Captain,Disco told us that the alligators go to the bottom where the water is a little cooler. I think everybody wanted to join them! But other than that great trip.
Awesome airboat!
Jack_P, Jul 2023
I liked the ride the best. Just top speed over the everglades is what I preferred. Definitely a fun experience.
Response from Host, Jul 2023
Thank you for your visit! We're glad to hear you enjoyed your boat tour!
Fantastic time
Donald_S, Jul 2023
What a great experience. Hats off to Captain Zach. Very knowledgeable and gave a great time. We saw an gator and some cool birds
Joan_P, Jul 2023
No gator sightings. Would love more opportunities to go faster. Yummy food truck. Teen employees at exhibits were chatting with each other in one location and did not greet guests at exhibits and talk about the various displays.

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