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“airboat ride and zoo” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Sawgrass Recreation Park

Sawgrass Recreation Park
1006 N. U.S. Highway 27, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33327
954-389-0202
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, State Parks, Outdoors
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Visit Ft. Lauderdale’s greatest airboat attraction, Sawgrass Recreation Park. Embark on a thrilling airboat tour through the Florida Everglades. Our exhibits feature timed shows where you can hold an alligator and visit magnificent mammals such as the Florida Panther or the Black Leopard. Picnic areas, birthday parties, camping, rv parking. Exclusive private and nighttime airboat tours are now available year round! Open 7 days a week! Just 25 minutes from the heart of Ft. Lauderdale!
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11 reviews 11 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“airboat ride and zoo”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

This is billed as a trip to the everglades for airboat tour with naturalist talk for 3 hours. In actual fact it was only a 30 minute airboat ride in the sawgrass swamp followed by a place where you could walk about among the caged animals in a very smelly zoo. I would reccommend people investigate before going on this tour. It was really a tourist trap. We will try harder next time to get an authentic tour of the everglades but we will not go back to the sawgrass recreation park. The animals looked very sad in the cages.

Visited January 2013
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SawgrassRecPark, Owner at Sawgrass Recreation Park, responded to this review, February 2, 2013
Sorry our attraction did not live up to your expectations. We try very hard to have truth in our advertising. If you would like to email me personally at msoverns@evergladestours.com and give me the name of the publication that mislead you, I will be happy to investigate and make sure it is corrected. We almost always make sure that our information is presented in this manner.

“Our tours run every 29-30 minutes starting just after 9AM till 3:30, and then we have a final boat ride at 5:00PM. Our airboat tours are 30 minutes in length, after the airboat ride you are free to enjoy the exhibits at your own pace. We have timed shows in our exhibit that run about every hour. We tell all guests that the experience usually lasts about two hours, with a half hour of that time on the water.”

We also offer private tours that range in time from starting at 30 minutes and can be customized up to your ideal time on one of our airboats. As for the animals, I can assure you that each animal is like family to us and is treated as such.
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“Adventure for all ages”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

What a great view of the Everglades!!!! My husband and I and another couple tooka private tour of the Sawgrass in a rainstorm recently. Our guide was a great sport and was certain we "could not take the uncomfortable conditions," We proved her wrong and thoroughly enjoyed our speedy ride through the glades. We were very fortunate and saw alligators and several birds even in the blinding rain. We had ponchos and were able to have a great time in spite of the yukky weather. This is something I have always wanted to do and was certainly not disappointed. A great education in live in the everglades. Hope they can rid the area of the pythons!!!!

Visited January 2013
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SawgrassRecPark, Owner at Sawgrass Recreation Park, responded to this review, February 2, 2013
Thank you for your review and for visiting our park, even when the conditions were not the best!
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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“Excellent!!! Will be back!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

We went camping with our Cub Scout Pack and just had a extraordinary time! The islands for camping were spacious and well kept, the bathrooms very clean. I can't say enough about the staff, the employees were very attentive, courteous and friendly. The employees taking care of the animals are very knowledgeable and you can see how much they love and care for their animals. The air boats rides are awesome, the Captains are full of information and they are very friendly and full of humor. Our Cub Scouts and their families had a fabulous time and we will definitely be coming back. A very big THANK YOU to all the staff!!! Pack 423 Cooper City, FL

Visited January 2013
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“Alligators and Panthers and Boas - Oh My!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

This is just plain fun! My husband and I made the trip out to Sawgrass Recreation Park on a Friday afternoon - we arrived at 2:30 pm, bought tickets to the 3:00 pm boat trip and it worked out great! We had a few minutes to see part of the animal exhibit (reptiles) before boarding the airboat. Our humorous and knowledgeable captain took us on a 30 minute ride - cool breeze, ear plugs and speed. We really enjoyed it - the boat made a few stops for photos and Q&A. After returning to dry land, we were able to go back to the animal exhibits to see the many exotic animals. The large cats were fed at 4pm so it was perfect timing for us. I highly recommend this trip for all ages. It is reasonably priced - at about $20 per person it is a good value.

Visited January 2013
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SawgrassRecPark, Owner at Sawgrass Recreation Park, responded to this review, February 2, 2013
We are glad you loved it
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“Great Place to visit.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

Awesome place to visit specially with children. The airboat takes you deep into the sawgrass and you get to see wild life, lots of alligators. The show after the boat ride as also very good.

Visited January 2013
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SawgrassRecPark, Owner at Sawgrass Recreation Park, responded to this review, February 2, 2013
As a family business we try to make our attraction the best family experience in South Florida. Thank you for your kind words.
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