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“Both fun and educational!”

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 January 2, 2014

My husband and I really enjoyed our tour with Coopertown. Our guide obviously enjoyed his job and loved sharing information about the everglades. The gators came when "called" much to our wonder! The boat ride included some quick turns which made us laugh! Overall a great experience!

Thank Janice M
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Reviewed December 31, 2013

Picture the Midwest's expanse of wheat fields, thousands of acres. Now put 7" of water under it. That's what I saw when we took the air boat ride. Wonderful beauty when humans don't touch something. The 1 hour tour is still quick. Very loud, get your questions in when you're pulled over to talk and the engine is stopped. Saw alligators nose right up to the boat. No, they don't try to jump in. It's too much work and they are lazy animals.

Thank SusanSaracco
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Reviewed December 27, 2013

It may not look like much from the side of the road but for $23, we received an excellent educational presentation followed by an airboat ride in the Everglades. Everyone was given a cottonball to put in our ears to drown out the noise of the boat--greatly appreciated! The staff were very knowledgeable, able to answer all of the questions posed. At the end of the airboat ride, we had the opportunity to purchase a picture for $10-- it seemed to support a worthwhile cause.

Thank klfreeman
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Reviewed December 18, 2013

We went on 2 airboat rides this year and Coopertown was much better than the other one. The other facility was bigger and had lots of tour buses in the parking lot, but the other ride wasn't as good (shorter and saw only 1 gator and some birds). We didn't attend the educational show at either one.

Pro - unique experience - like riding a boat through a field, saw lots of gators and learned a lot about FL Everglades

Con - told the tour would start in 10-20 minutes upon arrival and ended up waiting 50 before boarding the boat - felt sorry for the gators they have captive. Maybe they're well cared for, but it looked miserable

Tip - sit toward the front of the boat or on one of the sides, front row feels like a private tour

Thank HipFLCat
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Reviewed December 17, 2013

We really enjoyed our time here, the exhibits and wildlife show were a bit chaotic but still lots of fun and the airboat ride was fantastic, exciting and made fascinating by our guide. Good food in restaurant/cafe after the airboat ride too. Some real characters here, and more passing through! All very friendly, all in all, a very entertaining visit.

Thank Chris G
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