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Florida Everglades Airboat Adventure and Wildlife Encounter Ticket

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    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.
    And finally, in the Exotic Wildlife exhibit, get a peek at the park's wild cats—panthers, leopards, bobcats, caracals, and more.
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    Reviewed 3 days ago

    Fabulous trip. Very friendly and amusing guide. We had a gator swim up beside our airboat! Would love to do a night trip next time.

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Managermum
    Reviewed 4 days ago

    Our family thoroughly enjoyed this adventure today! Our airboat ride was phenomenal- the alligator was close but the turtles were even closer. We loved the wildlife area too- holding the baby alligator and learning about the other animals from Josh.

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank quinnie2273
    Reviewed 1 week ago

    We live locally and wanted our kids to experience the Everglades. We loved the airboat ride! Captain Bob was very knowledgeable about the history of the Everglades and we learned many facts about alligators and birds there. What a thrill! The alligators came right up...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Larra5
    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    Did the private airboat tour at 9am. Enjoyable, goes right over the weeds, fast, smooth. Saw couple alligators that hide real fast. Park had lots of baby alligators. No gimmicks or extra costs. Went to Butterfly World after.

    Thank JohnEfseaff
    Reviewed 1 week ago

    Sadly we did not make the trip as my daughter was poorly - but Nicole on email was so helpful and not only re scheduled for us but when we had to ultimately cancel she refunded us immediately and wished us well. It's nice to...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Dan C
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    June 19, 2019|
    Response from Marilyn D | Reviewed this property |
    Tours were scheduled all day. Ours was probably about 90 minutes or so--part on the water and part seeing the animals and hearing about their program. It definitely won't take all day. We were there first thing in the... More
    January 8, 2019|
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    Response from deanoyc | Reviewed this property |
    Recommend a rental car when traveling around FL. Some hotels and tour companies have bus service to these Everglade Tour Companies (there are 100's of them) but most do not. You'll have more options if you have your own... More
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