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“Good airboat ride, easy accessible”

Coopertown Airboats
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Our professional airboat guides will take you on a personalized, educational airboat tour covering approximately 9 miles of this unique environment. We first go into the vast open saw grass where you will see why the Everglades are called the "River of Grass"! You will travel by Airboat through a Hardwood Hammock (a small island of solid ground in the "river of grass"), into the Everglades National Park stopping at alligator holes and seeing the abundance of 'glades wildlife. See the Purple Gallanule voted the most colorful bird in Florida and the endangered Everglade Snail Kite as well as herons, grackles, turtles, raccoons and other Everglades residents! The Everglades are a truly unique and vibrant environment which you can only experience first hand! Unless you brought your hip waders, a private airboat tour is the best way to see it! (And much drier, too!) After this fascinating and educational airboat tour, relax and enjoy a taste of 'Down Home' cooking, Everglades-style. The Coopertown Restaurant offers such delicacies as frog legs, 'gator tail, catfish and more! All served in a friendly country manner that is distinctly "Floridian". "Belly up" to the bar and meet the folks of Coopertown! Learn some of the fascinating history of the area, and check out the guest book to see who else has passed through and enjoyed a ride on a Coopertown Airboat! Take a closer look at these fascinating creatures in our Alligator Exhibit! What a cute little guy! Popular enough to have a college mascot named for it! A ride on an airboat is the best way to Check out the rest of the gator population in Coopertown
Reviewed December 6, 2012

In the Everglades you can't miss an airboat ride. We went to Coopertown airboats (close to Miami), which was booked in advance. Otherwise we probably would have choosen a company in Everglades city, where we stayed the night before. Coopertown is located on the Tiamiami Trial: the road going straight through the Everglades from Miami to Naples. There's enough parking and we didn't have to wait long before the next airboat left. The airboats make a lot of noise, so the provided us with cotton balls for our ears. The airboat ride in total takes about 40 minutes. We had a nice little group in the boat and we stopped regularly, so the guide could explain more about the Everglades and the animals and plant in it. We saw some nice birds(including one beautiful colorred rare bird), giant turtels and 2 alligators. We expected to see a bit more alligators. In the morning we were near Everglades city and there are lots of alligators there. I guess in this part of the Everglades, there aren't that many. At the end of the tours, you could hold a baby alligator (Gucci), that was held in captivity. I thought that was a bit too touristy, but my kids (4 and almost 6) loved that they could touch a real alligator. My kids love the airboatride a lot, especially the oldest one.

Thank Jose N
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Reviewed November 20, 2012

The guide explained things well - time whizzed by. I originally didn't want to make the drive out but SO happy that I did! Worth the trip. We even landed on one of the islands, saw several alligators. Incredible! Don't miss this

Thank lisafromMaynard
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Reviewed November 18, 2012

While visiting south Florida with a friend, we really wanted to take an airboat ride through the Everglades. But we were in Homestead. I found fantastic airboat tour after airboat tour, but they were all on the wrong side of the Park. Finally, I came across Coopertown Airboats. We were a little apprehensive on approach, because as some of the other reviews have said, it looks a little older, but it was an incredible trip. The airboats were loud, as expected, but they had cotton balls for our ears and the boat was packed with other fun tourists. It was such a cool experience to be driving a boat through what looks like a field of grass. Plus, we saw one wild gator and then got to hold a baby gator at the end of the tour! So if you can't get over to all the tours on the other side of the 'glades, go for Coopertown Airboats!

Thank phygem
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Reviewed November 16, 2012

Coopertown Airboats is definitely worth the visit! Coopertown is easy to get to, and I enjoyed my experience there. Lisa made checking easy and fun, and we got to see some gators, in captivity, but most importantly, in their natural habitat, swimming in the channel. Having never been on an airboat before, I enjoyed the experience a lot. Our guide, Dan, showed us a number of interesting plant species, a few alligators and he even called a bird out from the underbrush to come up to the boat. As for the ride, it was a supreme blast. Our guide, Dan, was knowledgeable, friendly and funny. I was expecting a cheesy tourist experience but instead I was awed and deeply enamored with the scenery and wildlife. When we returned, he let us all pet and hold a baby alligator for a photo opportunity with our own cameras, not pushing to sell us any photos at all. Afterwards, he also recommended us to try the alligator tail and frog legs at the restaurant. Trying gator meat was a lot of fun; some say pork, but I think it really does taste kind of like chicken, but with a slightly chewier consistency. Would definitely recommend trying it out if you're in the area.

Thank KeyCaptain
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Reviewed November 11, 2012

We had a blast on our tour. It's relaxed, fun, you see gators and get a feel for the Everglades. Got to hold a baby gator. What fun!

Thank Denise2517
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