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Private Tour: Florida Everglades Airboat Ride and Wildlife Adventure provided by Sawgrass Recreation Park

Private Tour: Florida Everglades Airboat Ride and Wildlife Adventure

Private Tour: Florida Everglades Airboat Ride and Wildlife Adventure
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96% of travelers recommend this experience
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
1h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    1h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 5190PRIVATE
Important information
Inclusions
  • Private guided airboat tour
  • Captain's gratuity
  • Entry/Admission - Sawgrass Recreation Park
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Food and drinks
Duration
1h
Departure details
  • Sawgrass Recreation Park, 1006 US-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.)
Additional information
  • 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
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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
Inclusions
  • Private guided airboat tour
  • Captain's gratuity
  • Entry/Admission - Sawgrass Recreation Park
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Food and drinks
Departure details
  • Sawgrass Recreation Park, 1006 US-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.)
Duration
1h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • 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
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Sawgrass Recreation Park
    1006 US-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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    Sawgrass Recreation Park
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    Then it’s on to the exciting Exhibit areas back at the park to meet the Everglades’ panthers, leopards, Florida gators, turtles, iguanas and other native wildlife for yourself, and learn about the care of these endangered animals. 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. 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 ($302.49) 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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Weblass
Dubai, United Arab Emirates43 contributions
My eyes were crossing from trying to choose which airboat company I wanted to use and all of the options available. Family including 2 young children were visiting from overseas. Budget is obviously important, but so was having an excellent experience.

Based on previous reviews, we booked a private 60 minute tour at Sawgrass Recreation Park and it was definitely the right decision. After checking in and getting our wristbands, we were introduced to Captain Josh and taken to our fabulous airboat. We were given a safety briefing and also were asked to understand that wildlife doesn't always show up on demand but he would do the best he could. Of course!

He found our first alligator right away! Told us all kinds of interesting facts. Then we went off around the gorgeous Everglades, enjoying the scenery, the wind in our hair and his skilled handling of the vehicle. He really enjoys his job and it shows. He patiently drove around and found us lots more alligators as well as bird life. He even went out of his way to avoid a rain shower on our way back.

I'm sure the other group boats are wonderful too but if it's in your budget to do a private trip, I highly recommend it.
Written April 8, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

msutton8
Sioux Falls, SD26 contributions
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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Julie D
11 contributions
We had an amazing experience with Captain Mike on our 1 hour private tour! We ventured with myself, my husband, our 13 yr old, 11 yr old, 5 yr old, & 23 month old children. We had actually booked a 90 minute tour, but upon arrival they advised us to drop down to the 60 minute trip due to the shallow waters, as they wouldn’t be able to take us as far out. We went with their advise and dropped down to a 60 minute trip, so they reimbursed us for the extra 30 minutes we had previously paid for. As it turned out, 60 minutes was perfect for us! We saw so many alligators and other wildlife up close! We really enjoyed Captain Mike’s knowledge and stories he shared with us. This was our favorite excursion during our Fort Lauderdale vacation! I would highly recommend a minimum of 60 minutes so that you have the opportunity to see as much wildlife as possible, because the animals are just living in their natural habitat and are not always around. Everyone in our family absolutely loved the tour and we highly recommend taking one if you have the opportunity!

We also walked through the exhibit & saw more gators, iguanas & a large turtle, but we were not offered the opportunity to see or hold a baby gator, which we assumed was because of Covid restrictions. The kids also mined and all took home a baggie of gemstones.

Lastly, we of course had to try the Gator bites and Gator tacos at The Gator Grill. They were delicious!

Overall, our trip to Sawgrass Rec Park was the highlight of our trip!
Written June 20, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

mrblumis
Arizona220 contributions
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.
Nicole T
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
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Jaxrabbit24
Olathe, KS17 contributions
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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Nicole T
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
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Randi
Bloomfield Hills, MI5 contributions
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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Richard T
Dallas, TX160 contributions
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

07stang
2 contributions
Jan 2022 • Family
We had a great 2 hour boat tour .. Our guide Jimmy was very knowledgeable about all the wildlife there is to see and enjoy .. The boat ride itself was safe but still exciting and fun .. If you go on a cooler day like we did bring a sweatshirt and wear long pants .. Luckily for us we found some great hoodies in their gift shop !
Written January 19, 2022
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Ron
Texas24 contributions
My wife and I along with my 89 year old mother-in-law went on the 30 minute private tour with Tim as our guide. We saw 2 alligators in their natural habitat along with numerous soft shell turtles. Lots of native birds. Tim also worked in a very informative lesson on the plant life of the Everglades including the sawgrass and the environmental threats to the region. We all enjoyed the tour very much and would highly recommend it. Thanks Tim.
Written December 27, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

SeattleSkyQueen220
Hobe Sound, FL25 contributions
Seven of us booked a 2-hour Saturday morning private tour, and couldn’t have had a better outing. We lucked out with a perfect weather day, and Captain John was the perfect guide - he loves the Everglades, and shares his knowledge of the flora and fauna with pure joy. We saw so many gators that I lost count, but a highlight was a big male stalking a little female (with no luck!). The two hours went by quickly, it’s the best option and really allows you to get into the ‘Glades and see various aspects of it. It was truly a special morning and we’ll be back. The booking process was great, appreciated the good communication and help from the office - a fabulously experience all around.
Written May 9, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Nicole T
Thank you so much for your kind words! Captain John and the rest of our staff with be pleased to hear! See you next time!
Written May 10, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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Dave P
Dave P
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Too hot for the gators!
Air boat was fun and informative, he captain was friendly and fun. saw various wildlife but only one glimpse of a g
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875kristij
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Great tour
Staff was very friendly. What a great experience! Airboat ride was fun and educational. The staff member who gave
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N4986LWsaraht
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Had a great time
We had a great time! Our boat captain (Bob) was probably the best part. So much fun. Great family activity and reas
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RobbieplusKG
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I touched a gator but the gator touched my heart.
The ride was beautiful!! Our tour guide was sooo knowledgeable and nice! We didn’t end up seeing any gators but we
jesus m
jesus m
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Great water fun
Had A lot of fun, there’s were a lot of different animals, I love the small chickens and the different snakes n ali
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Nomad36815082190
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Absolutely should do this
We had a wonderful guide. He was a great airboat captain, as well as filled with cool facts about the Everglades, i
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I2449ORangelat
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Fun activity without much hassle
Fun experience and really friendly staff. The animal exhibit was also a fun experience, my teens enjoyed it. Nice l
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Brandyckr
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Terrible customer service
My wife and I took our niece here last Sunday and we were very disappointed. All of the staff were so rude, from th
V5410EEkims
V5410EEkims
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Good time!
This was a great experience. Good family time. Enjoyed riding in the air boat. Only got to see one alligator but en
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ninalM7466XP
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Peak into the Everglades
It was just the right amount of time, packed with information, and an entirely new experience going on an airboat.
Footprints749919
Footprints749919
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Great Time
Amazing experience and our guide was awesome and very knowledgeable. Will definitely be back. The outside animal a
ladonnah953
ladonnah953
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Amazing time
My 5 year old lived seeing the alligators in the wild and then being able to pet and touch a baby one. The airboat
margok275
margok275
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Conserving Everglades
Capt. Bob gave a great tour and provided information on the Everglades! Fun morning! We will be going again!
michaellB2922XJ
michaellB2922XJ
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Great experience
Unbelievable experience Kace was an incredible fountain of knowledge and fun. Definitely would recommend to anyone
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Nice experience
We didn’t have much time so I chose the normal public tour. Only 30 minutes and we were clearly explained we were n
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