Our family of four took a one hour private airboat tour which seemed to be a good balance of cost and opportunity to experience the Everglades by airboat. The private nature of the tour provided for a more intimate experience on a smaller boat that could go places the larger group boat could not. I would definitely recommend a private tour. We saw plenty of birds, gators and a few turtles and we all enjoyed zipping through the glades with the wind in our face. We were also able to get out in middle of the glades with no one else in sight, turn off the engine and get a true feel for the river of grass. After the tour we saw a gator show and the kids got the opportunity to hold a young gator and have their picture taken.