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“Get there early”

Captain Jack's Airboat Tours
Ranked #6 of 34 Tours in Everglades City
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Go on a thrilling adventure through twisting mangrove tunnels on our signature Everglades airboat tour in Everglades City! Use a coupon on our website to visit our animal sanctuary for free, which includes a live alligator show and alligator hugs. Upgrade to a combo ticket to see more of the Everglades with a grassland airboat tour and swamp buggy forest tour.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed February 28, 2014 via mobile

Looks pretty shady when you first arrive, but we signed up anyway. We had Captain Steve and, if you can, ask for him. Intelligent, informative, great with the kids and takes lots of time to answer questions. Get there by 9 a.m. and you will have the nicest tour. Waterways get crowded quickly after that. We took a 6 year old and a 3 year old on and they loved it as much as we did. Solid hour tour with both relaxing moments and thrilling ones. You'll get a pass for a wildlife viewing tour at Wooten's, just around the corner. A tad bit sketchy and no one was around to answer questions regarding the animals, but animals were clean and healthy-looking, so someone there knows what they are doing. Kids loved it, and that always makes us happy.

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Reviewed February 26, 2014

The airboat ride was more than just a ride on an airboat. Captain Steve took us through the swamps with trees and brush hanging overhead and picked up the speed on the straight-a-ways. We stopped at an open swamp where we were able to see alligators up close. Captain Steve was very informative and personable making the tour that much more fun. I would recommend you ask for Captain Steve when you book your tour. It's a good idea to book in advance. We did not realize that booking in advance was necessary and didn't do it, but they were able to get us a tour in a reasonable amount of time. Very accommodating.

2  Thank Vacation112012
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Reviewed February 25, 2014

Recently I had the great fun of trying out an airboat ride through the mangroves of the Everglades in Florida. My friends had gone with Captain Doug's Tours before and recommended them for my first ride. We only had time for the one hour run but it was truly fun. We attempted to see some wildlife although the recent colder temps had kept them away. We did manage to see a large cottonmouth snake sunning itself which I found fascinating. The driver was courteous enough to ask ahead of time what sort of ride we wanted and all aboard agreed a speedy one!! And thus Dwain, our airboat captain did oblige us with speed runs through narrow channels of the mangrove as well as sharp spinouts in more open areas. He also allowed all of us to sit in the driver's seat for a photo op - nice added touch to the tour!! Dwain was happy to answer all our questions regarding the wildlife with great insights!! Would love to return when I have time for longer tour of the area!!

1  Thank MarieCA66
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Reviewed February 25, 2014

We toured the mangroves on airboat with Capt. Steve as our guide with a long time friend on her first trip to SW Florida. It was our second Capt. Doug's trip.
Capt. Steve was knowledgeable about the flora and fauna and patiently answered our queries. It was refreshing to have a fellow nature lover at the helm rather than a captain who rushed us through the tour just to pick up his next group of guests.

We highly recommend Capt. Doug's and Captain Steve, but the animal exhibit a few miles E on US-41 from the Everglades City turn-off is not worth your time. Despite their assertions that their enclosures exceed gov't standards, we really didn't believe it and it was appalling to see these exotic animals living in such conditions, especially on a hot and humid day.

The one armed chap holding the baby gator for photos near the ticket booth was also a disappointment; not the man personally, rather, the exploitation of an animal that should be in the wild

3  Thank Brian P
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