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Private Tour: Florida Everglades Airboat Ride and Wildlife Adventure
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Private Tour: Florida Everglades Airboat Ride and Wildlife Adventure

By Sawgrass Recreation Park
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Duration: 1h
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  • Private guided airboat tour
  • Captain's gratuity
  • Alligator & Reptile Exhibit with educational presentation
  • Entry/Admission - Sawgrass Recreation Park
What's not included
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Food and drinks


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  • Sawgrass Recreation Park, 1006 US Hwy 27, Weston, FL 33327, USA
    Directions: From the North: Take I-95 South or the Turnpike South to 595 West. On 595 take I-75 North towards Naples. Stay on I-75 North until you come to Exit 23 North (U.S. Highway 27) towards South Bay. We are just two miles to the North on the right hand side of the road. Turn right and cross over the bridge, make another immediate right down into the parking lot. Tickets for the airboat rides and animal exhibits can be purchased in the store. (Yellow building.) From the South: Take I-95 North or the Turnpike North to 595 West. On 595 take I-75 North towards Naples. Stay on I-75 North until you come to Exit 23 North (U.S. Highway 27) towards South Bay. We are just two miles to the North on the right hand side of the road. Turn right and cross over the bridge, make another immediate right down into the parking lot. Tickets for the airboat rides and animal exhibits can be purchased in the store. (Yellow building.)
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 5190PRIVATE

    • Tour operator reserves the right to cancel the tour due to inclement weather
    • Operating hours for Sawgrass Recreation Park may be shorter during holidays
    • Please provide your preferred tour time in the specific requirements field at check out
    • Important Note: Pricing is based on a per person basis; regardless of number of people booking, you are buying out the whole boat for your private tour
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 5190PRIVATE

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    • 1006 US Hwy 27, Weston, FL 33327, USA
      Directions: From the North: Take I-95 South or the Turnpike South to 595 West. On 595 take I-75 North towards Naples. Stay on I-75 North until you come to Exit 23 North (U.S. Highway 27) towards South Bay. We are just two miles to the North on the right hand side of the road. Turn right and cross over the bridge, make another immediate right down into the parking lot. Tickets for the airboat rides and animal exhibits can be purchased in the store. (Yellow building.) From the South: Take I-95 North or the Turnpike North to 595 West. On 595 take I-75 North towards Naples. Stay on I-75 North until you come to Exit 23 North (U.S. Highway 27) towards South Bay. We are just two miles to the North on the right hand side of the road. Turn right and cross over the bridge, make another immediate right down into the parking lot. Tickets for the airboat rides and animal exhibits can be purchased in the store. (Yellow building.)
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      For the most in-depth and personal experience, take a small group private tour of the Florida Everglades’ and its unique subtropical ecosystem and animals. The Alligator & Reptile Exhibit is included and takes about 45 minutes to enjoy. Important Note: Pricing is based on a per person basis; regardless of number of people booking, you are buying out the whole boat for your private tour. All ages are welcome to enjoy the airboat tour. Children 3 years and under need not be included in the guest count as there are no additional charges for this age.
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    • Sawgrass Recreation Park
      2,916
      Broward County, Florida
    • Pjmcd24
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Wonderful visit- highly recommend
      We had a fantastic experience, boat ride was great, feeling air in your face, getting close to the alligators but not harassing them. Captain Disco very knowledgeable. Highly recommend. Gift shop and area enjoyable and not overpriced
      Written June 15, 2024
    • L2149ESamyt
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great experience!
      Awesome! The staff are amazing and the area is beautiful!! Lots of nature and wildlife! Definitely worth the trip and lots to see!!
      Written June 15, 2024
    • Daniel P
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Gator time!
      Fun and exciting boat trip. We saw lots of cool birds and multiple alligators. The tour operator was kind and knowledgeable afterwards we were able to go and pet a baby alligator.
      Written June 14, 2024
    • robbief348
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      So glad we did this
      What a great tour! Captain Mike was amazing! Funny and knowledgeable! Answered all of our questions. He found us lots of alligators. After the boat tour we checked out the wildlife and pet a baby alligator and a big boa snake. The staff are amazing and so incredibly knowledgeable. Highly recommend
      Written June 13, 2024
    • 693lize
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fun
      Was good but we baked in the sun. Only saw 3 gators but good experience on first time airboat. Price was exceptionally low.
      Written June 7, 2024
    • fivebroncofans
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Worth the Trip!
      My husband and I really enjoyed this activity. The captain was knowledgeable about the area and despite not finding any alligators, the ride and information was enjoyable. We really enjoyed the alligator show and being a part of Cannibal and Crystal's off springs human interaction training. Well worth the time and money!
      Written June 2, 2024
    • kimber9147
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Family Time
      Mike was great! We saw 3 alligators and the boat ride was fun. We got to pet a small gator in their exhibit. We would recommend
      Written June 1, 2024
    • RobinA272
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Awesome
      Great experience. Would highly recommend it. Guide was very knowledgeable and boat ride was awesome. Saw gators and other wildlife.
      Written May 27, 2024
    • ChristineK625
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great trip for your money
      The tour guide was great. He gave all the safety instructions. The airboat was fun and fast. Exhibit area: we got to pet, high 5 and have the baby alligator tap our heads while sitting on our shoulders. Great fun. Great gift shop too.
      Written May 27, 2024
    • Achinth P
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Everglades airboat review
      Loved the airboat wish it was longer 😩😩😩😩🤌🏾🤌🏾🤌🏾. We saw a few gators and it was a great experience definitely recommend coming early in the morning to beat that FL sun ☀️
      Written May 27, 2024
    • 87jerrit
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Airboat ride
      The airboat was a fun ride. We found an alligator which is what we wanted to see. The boat was full but the driver turned the boat so everyone could catch a glimpse.
      Written May 26, 2024
    • mlc2148
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Another great day in the Everglades!
      A group of 12 of us went out with Tim and had an amazing time. This is a repeat visit for us and every time you forget how great it is to explore the Everglades. The hour long tour gives you such a nice slice of how beautiful it is out there and we got a chance to see three different alligators this trip with a ton of different birds and fish. Can’t recommend this enough for any families looking for a great activity!
      Written May 26, 2024
    • taniasH5521NU
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing Experience !!!
      It is an amazing place, saw a bunch of wildlife, the entire area was soo beautiful and the the airboat was a fun experience. Everyone got to pet a baby alligator too and the guides are very knowledgeable and respectful of the animals. The staff is incredibly helpful and cooperative. It was an amazing experience.
      Written May 23, 2024
    • Departure698992
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Well worth the money!
      This was well worth the money. We were in a boat of 21 and Jimmy our guide was very helpful. He made it clear that we may not see the alligators as they would potentially be in the mud under water but we saw a total of 4, even staying out on the water past our allotted time so we could see the final one. Being on the boat was good fun. The only reason I did not give 5 stars was due to poor management of the queue. They wanted to stop us before getting on the boat to take a picture but allowed four people to jump the line and get the front seat.
      Written May 14, 2024
    • Melissathibault_
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fun activity!
      Loved the experience with captain jack! We were able to see a few alligators. Safe experience. Was a little scared but It was a fun activity. I’d highly recommend doing this activity. It was very fun.
      Written May 10, 2024
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    msutton8
    Sioux Falls, SD31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2022
    We took a private 60 minute airboat ride and can honestly say it was worth every penny. Being that we were there mid March we knew not to expect to see alligators (still too cold) but our pilot Jimmie did a great job! We saw 3 alligators, an iguana, and so many species of birds! He was awesome and knew something about everything we saw.

    I would totally do this again at a different time of year for a totally new experience.

    At the food truck, do try the gator bites (really) and the animal displays were fun even for us grown up kids
    Written March 17, 2022
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    Sanibelle1
    Sanibel Island, FL94 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2024 • Family
    We enjoyed the Sawgrass Everglades Airboat ride, even though we never got to see an alligator in the wild. Being from Florida, we knew that the cool February weather would keep the gators deep in the water. The exhibits were not as extensive as we had hoped. The whole trip and "adventure" were rather pricey at $288 for the five of us, although we were given coupons for free tee shirts (nice quality), magnets and bottles of water. No one checked our wrist bands at the exhibits, so it seems they were available to anyone who booked the airboat ride for $26.95 plus tax and fees per person. The young people who worked throughout the area, from cashiers to exhibit hosts, were exceptionally helpful and pleasant. We recommend Sawgrass Everglades Park, but don't bother paying for a combined "adventure" unless you love expensive souvenirs.
    Written February 20, 2024
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    Rob R
    St. Albert, Canada80 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2024 • Family
    Our family of 6 did a private airboat ride recently and had a fantastic time. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable. He referred to himself as an alligator nerd and had answers for any and all questions we had. He was able to find us some alligators and led a great informative tour. The cost of about $65pp for the 60 minute tour was more than reasonable for the experience. My only gripe is they don't offer free use of ear muffs for protection. They do give out ear plugs for free but the actual over ear muffs are so much better, especially if you have kids. They sell them for $10-20 depending on the style. The $10 ones worked well. Overall, it was a great experience and I would recommend.
    Written February 23, 2024
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    Jaxrabbit24
    Olathe, KS21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    There’s nothing better to get in touch with natural Florida than a trip to Weston and the Sawgrass Recreation Park. This family-owned operation does an excellent job connecting guests with the Everglades through amazing airboat rides. Our knowledgeable captain knew exactly where to take us to see what our teen son wanted most - big alligators. Our family’s safety was the main priority without sacrificing an up close experience. The amazing gift shop has lots of items including soft T-shirts and beverages for kids and adults. Our family always looks forward to a visit to this great attraction.
    Written August 17, 2021
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    What an amazing review! Thank you so much for taking the time to write this for us. It means so much to our family-owned business that we were able to provide you with a memorable experience.
    Written September 18, 2021
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    Lisa A
    Chicago, IL28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    First and foremost don’t take this tour expecting to see gators while on the water in the airboat (that is the luck of the draw) but they do have a gator exhibit you can see up close (on land). Take it to enjoy a scenic airboat ride across the grasslands. We signed up for a private morning 90min tour. Our guide Chuck was very nice and did not disappoint. He was informative of the grasslands and took it slow and even stopped in some areas hoping to catch a glimpse of one. We were fortunate as he found one poking its head and eyes of the water but due to the morning heat they don’t surface often. We continued on and he slowed and stopped throughout the cruise to chat & talk as you can’t talk while moving (too loud but they do provide you with ear protection). It was also very interesting to see a home built in the middle of these grasses that you would never know about and how it came to be. Always wanted to take one of these airboat rides and I’m glad we did, it was very enjoyable. On hot sunny days I’d recommend to go very early or late afternoon as the sun is a scorcher while on the water. They do allow water bottles to bring on too. Nice gift shop with cold beverages and washrooms on-site also.
    Written September 12, 2022
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    Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a detailed review of your visit! Captain Chuck will be so pleased to hear you enjoyed his tour so much!
    Written October 12, 2022
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    Richard T
    Dallas, TX155 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apr 2021
    Enjoyed the private tour with Captain Dalton. His sharp eyes spotted several gators and gave us a very close look. Interesting experience gliding across the water.
    Recommend you do NOT purchase souvenir items until at the Park. If they are not given at registration and you forget to ask, it is just extra profit. Probably best that the gratuity is not pre-paid but given after satisfactory service.
    Written May 4, 2021
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    PerrysEast
    Cumberland, R.I.42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had the pleasure of cruising a section of the Everglades with Captain Nick in an Airboat that holds about 16. The weather was perfect. You can kill a little time with their small zoo. On the adventure we saw an anhinga drying their wings, a number of gators and a beautiful blue heron in flight. Captain Nick was knowledgeable and charming. They provide foam earplugs but I would suggest bringing headphones. The motor is pretty loud. And bring water. It’s only 40 minutes or so but you don’t want to get dehydrated.
    Written March 10, 2024
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    mrblumis
    Arizona209 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    First of all we paid $400 for a private boat and appointment time. No captains available when we got there so had to wait an extra half hour. No big deal but the captain they found gave us a 50 minute ride (paid for an hour), said about 2 sentences the whole trip, saw one alligator. The boat itself was cool and a fun experience but certainly not worth $400.
    Written March 6, 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
    We certainly appreciate your feedback. We make every effort to stress that our Everglades Airboat Eco Adventure is a tour of the Everglades to learn more about it from our naturalist guides. The primary purpose is to glide over the water and enjoy the surrounding natural area. It is always exciting and certainly the goal of our captains to hopefully be able to point out wildlife along the way. The presence or absence of wildlife during the timing of your tour is entirely out of our control. Daily temperatures, surface conditions, water depth and many other factors contribute to the opportunity to possible see wildlife like alligators, birds, fish, turtles, and more during your time on the water. We also have almost 20 alligators in our included exhibit areas to ensure you see one while you visit the park. Alas we are sorry if the tour did not live up to your expectations. We certainly strive for excellence and we are grateful for your feedback so we can address this issue accordingly.
    Written March 7, 2022
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    Randi
    Bloomfield Hills, MI5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2021 • Family
    We loved our private tour of the Everglades even though we only saw one alligator plus some native birds. Can’t blame the tour guide, though. The water levels are exceptionally high due to a very rainy summer, impacting the wildlife. I was really hoping to see more gators and some turtles but we still had a blast. Captain Bob was quite knowledgeable and kept us entertained. Glad we brought sweatshirts - it gets really windy on the air boat.
    Written December 23, 2021
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    Karen E
    Webster, WI4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2020
    We enjoyed a private tour on February 28th while our grandchildren were visiting. Our guide Sean, was terrific. He was able to point out several alligators and birds as well as many interesting stories about the area. It was cool that day, so the outdoor exhibits did not have many of the animals out due to the temperatures. Our only regret was that we had booked the private tour and when we arrived, they were not able to accommodate us for about 30 minutes, but they did give us vouchers to enjoy lunch while we waited. We will definitely return for another tour.
    Written March 16, 2020
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