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Everglades Safari Park
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Miami Everglades Airboat Adventure with Transport
Ranked #49 of 246 Outdoor Activities in Miami
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Visit the Florida Everglades' premier and most complete airboat attraction. Everglades Safari Park has a modern fleet of airboats of all sizes, capable of accommodating singles, couples, families, and large groups.Explore nature's River of Grass on an Eco-Adventure tour or on a small private airboat. Our experienced tour guides will describe you the wonders of this unique ecosystem and the native and exotic wildlife that inhabit it. All tours will include our world famous airboat rides, alligator wildlife show, and a walking trail filled with crocodilian exhibits.
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Reviewed March 17, 2013

Booked this through Norweigan Cruise Lines shore excursions as a way to kill time before an evening flight home (it also provided service as airport transportation). All I wanted to do is get my picture holding an alligator and take an airboat ride. Both were done and I enjoyed them immensely!!

I must add that the tour guide we had on the bus trip from the port was fantastic, gave us history of the area, answered out of the ballpark questions and had specimens to illustrate what he was talking about. (I do not believe our guide was part of the Safari Park staff, but rather a contract employee of NCL).

For the park, it was fine just like what you expect from a gator park. Jeff the 'gator wrangler did a show with 5 large alligators and it was fascinating to watch. Yes, the gators knew their names! There is a nice board walk through everglades where we kept an eye out for turtles basking but didn't see much. There is a lagoon with other types of alligators from distant points of the compass. There was also a crocodile lake with rather impressively sized crocs.

The airboat portion was something I have always wanted to do as a kid, I've been to the 'glades several times but was never fortunate enough to do one. It was fun, sadly the water levels of the Everglades are so low that we couldn't go very fast. But! Since it is the migratory season there were Little Green Herons, Blue Herons, Wood Storks, Ibis, Snowy Egrets and Buzzards to be seen. It was fantastic to see the herons so close and flying out of our way. There were some soft-shell turtles swimming and of course many alligators!

I would recommend this for a quick visit. It will take a while to drive there, the Tamiami Trail road is under construction and there are places where there is only one lane for both directions of travel.

Thank sauerkraut
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

Though the park appears to be a bit neglected, the tour made up for that impression. Airboat was noisy but earplugs were provided. The boat trip was a bit short but one got the "feel" of the everglades while skimming through the waters and tall grasses.. Several in our party held the baby alligator. All in all it was worth the time and the fee.

Thank SusanG43
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

Air boat ride was a little short - but fun, saw alligators in the wild. Park was nicely kept up. Gator show was disappointing because of the weather being a little chilly for the reptiles - they didn't really want to perform so the guide did his best to be informative and entertaining without a willing cast.

Thank ManutdFan1079
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

We did this as an excursion at the end of a cruise arranged by the cruise line. It was excellent. The airboat ride was a lot of fun..very smooth ride not bumpy at all. The driver pointed out numerous wildlife including birds and gators...Our first time seeing them in the wild it was great!
After the boat ride we had a chance to walk around the little gator zoo, and then there was an educational show.
We really enjoyed the day. This is good for all ages with or without children. We are a middle aged empty nest couple who were traveling alone. There were people of all ages and everyone had smiles on their faces.

Thank cdngal44
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Reviewed February 28, 2013

We had a very good time. The boat ride was a little short, but it was really cool to see the alligators. My daughter held the baby Alligator and loved it! For me this was a very unique experience and I enjoyed it. I felt like lunch was a little expensive for what you got.
THE BONUS is if you do this after your cruise you get a free trip with your luggage to the airport.

Thank Waggles81
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