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“Bring Your Camera” 3 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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Fee: Yes
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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Hollywood, Florida
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“Bring Your Camera”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

This is a fun thing to do with the kids; they will get to see wildlife and a very fast boat ride through the Everglades.

Visited October 2012
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SawgrassRecPark, Owner at Sawgrass Recreation Park, responded to this review, April 23, 2013
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“Amazing boat ride & knowledgable people”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

We are a family of four (kids are 9 and 11) and we had a fantastic time at Sawgrass. We chose a private airboat for 4, for a half-hour ride. We were glad we did, and it was definately good value. Our Captain was Gerald, who was very knowledgable, and told us a lot about the local animals, birds and plants. We found a 12 foot alligator, and saw a flock of white pelicans fly overhead, as well as seeing many other birds. The area is beautiful, and very different to where we live (England), so it was a really good experience.
Half an hour suited us well.
The staff are great, the shop is fun, and there are lots other animals to see too!

Visited April 2013
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SawgrassRecPark, Owner at Sawgrass Recreation Park, responded to this review, April 23, 2013
We are glad to hear that you had such a great time! Thank you for your visit.
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“Oh What A Ride”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

We had over 30 people in our boat ride so it didn't go very fast - but we did see a couple of alligators in their natural habitat. Great show excellent guide very informative. They do have boats for 4 to 6 people which would have been better - make sure you ask about that. The exhibits were very good - worth the ride to the outskirts and the money.

Visited February 2013
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SawgrassRecPark, Owner at Sawgrass Recreation Park, responded to this review, April 23, 2013
Thank you for your review and your visit. Hope to see you again soon!
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Wichita, Kansas
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“Good time”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

First time on an air boat. For the price it was worth it. Saw a few alligators and captain Al got us close. Zoo was just ok. But if you don't see any alligators then its worth a visit. They have a big one.

Visited April 2013
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“Apathetic & negligent”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

I found Saw Grass on Trip advisor and decided to visit on my way back from Miami to Orlando.
My wife & I had previously been on an air boat ride booked through our cruise ship whilst in Port Canaveral; the air boat was fast, exhilerating and fun! We also saw around 70 'gators.
Saw Grass air boat was slow, the pilot was only interested in getting back, & we only saw 1 gator.
We were invited to look around their animal exhibits, which was appalling. It was 93 degrees, & 2 pigs on exhibit were exposed to full sun without shade & no water/mud to wallow in. A cougar in a 12ft x 10ft cage without fresh water and adequate shade was just too much for my wife. She demanded we left the park immediately. Clearly, ASPCA has not visited this part of the 'attraction', as they would not allow the animals there to be kept in such atrocious conditions. US residents may find Saw Grass to be a good family date out. British visitors will come away thinking it was a waste of an hour.

Visited April 2013
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SawgrassRecPark, Owner at Sawgrass Recreation Park, responded to this review, April 23, 2013
We are very sorry to hear that our park did not meet your expectations. We appreciate the review, however, some of your comments are untruthful. In regards to our pigs, all three of them have a covering that covers almost the entire enclosure; we even have an additional shade area for each of them with their own piggy houses where their water buckets are not far away. In fact, we are inspected regularly by USDA which we are in good standing with. As for our enclosures’ sizes, we not only meet requirement sizes but we exceed them by more than double. We love and care for each any every animal and always give them top notch care.
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