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“Something you have to do at least once” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Gator Park

Gator Park
24050 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL 33194
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Ranked #6 of 48 Nature & Parks in Miami
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Come visit us deep in the Everglades! At Gator Park you will see all sorts of wildlife as you take an Airboat Ride into the Everglades National Park!
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
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“Something you have to do at least once”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012 via mobile

Well this tour takes you on an airboat that glides through the everglades. The tour guide pointed out birds, gators and other wildlife along the way. They give you earplugs so the loud motor isn't really an issue. After the boatride a performer with a great sense of humor wrestled an alligator and also brought a scorpion and baby alligator around to the audience. The only downside would be if you do not see an alligator while on the boat tour, or If you rent a zip car in South Beach this trip will take around 2-2.5 hours with traffic, especially if they're still doing all of that construction on the small highway leading into the park. The boatride is fast and windy so wear a sweatshirt and the hot sauce in the gift shop (with the gator foot hanging off of it) is nice and hot if thats what you're looking for. They also allow you to buy beer and drink during the boat ride. All in all worth the trip from South Beach.

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Concord, California
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“Great educational experience”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

We paid $55 per person for this tour which included the bus ride from our Miami hotel. Our hotel concierge didn't inform us about his 4.5% fee, so I would recommend getting your tickets at one of the tourist attractions booths at the Bayside Market. They were offering a $10 discount that we should have taken! The bus driver was funny, friendly and very informative. Took about 30 minutes to get there. The first thing we saw was a beautiful peacock walk up to our bus. We were each given ear plugs and tour numbers as we got off the bus. We loaded the airboats and were taken on a 45 minute tour of the everglades. Our guide would stop and point out turtles, baby gators, birds, plants and anything else we came across. It was a pretty cool experience although very quick. After getting off the boats, we were taken over to a little show with live gators. After the show you could hold a baby gator and take your own picture for a $3 donation. We then could walk around the grounds and see a few exhibits they had. You could purchase food, drinks, t-shirts and souvenirs in the gift shop. Food was mediocre at best and kind of pricey. I would recommend you take your own. They do have picnic tables outside where you could enjoy a nice picnic lunch. Our driver never gave us a time to meet back at the bus so we ended up waiting on 3 people who took their time eating lunch. All in all, we were there about 4 1/2 hrs before our drive back. I would have rated this higher if it hadn't cost so much. If we had paid $20 each like others ave mentioned, it would have been well worth it. I guess our bus ride cost us $30 each? That wasn't worth it.

Visited November 2012
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“Fun for the family”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

With four adults and 5 kids we decided to pay a little more and opt for the private tour. The tour guide was funny as hell yet informative of the wildlife. He also went the extra mile to make sure the kids saw a few alligators. Worth checking out if you want to see the Everglades.

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Miami Beach, Florida
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“Good times in the Glades”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

I drove with my girlfriend from Miami to check this place out after hearing about it from the hotel. The drive was a bit longer than I expected but the airboat ride and the wildlife was well worth it. We probably saw 7 or 8 gators and had a great time doing it. Check out the alligator show after. Worth the 20 bucks for a few hours of fun!

Visited November 2012
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“Plenty of Gators, plus much more”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

We drove down from Miami to do the obligitory airboat & gator tour, but it was much better than expected!
It was $24 each (plus tax of course) and for that we got a 45 minute airboat tour, (our captain's name was Richard, a young guy who was very knowledgeable, really friendly & great fun.) We saw 5 or 6 big gators and also some tiny little baby gators - all wild in the glades - as well as native birdlife and fishes.
We also got a 'gator wrestling show', which, being a lover of animals I was a bit worried would be fairly exploitative and not particularly animal friendly. However I was happily proven absolutely wrong. The guide doing the show was great, really informative, very aware of the welfare of the gators & clued up about the animals needs and their habitat.
At the end of the show you could pay $3 to hold a 3ft gator for a picture, with all profits going to the care & protection of gators.
There was an obligitory tacky gift shop, and a little cafe too with cold drinks & ice creams.
We came for the airboat tours, which was really fun, and felt like we really got our money's worth with the rest of the stuff at the park. If you're going to do an airboat tour, I'd highly reccommend this one. Well worth a visit!

Visited November 2012
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