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Sawgrass Recreation Park Tours

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Sawgrass Recreation Park
Located only 30 minutes outside downtown Fort Lauderdale, Sawgrass Recreation Park offers guided airboat rides through the marshy, humid swamp waters of the Florida Everglades. Visitors can spot alligators and other marshland animals, such as pythons, black leopards, and the endangered Florida panther living in the wild. 

The Basics
Take an airboat ride to see wildlife and learn about the area’s ecosystem, then visit the park’s exhibits: The Reptile Exhibit boasts dozen species (native and exotic) along with Cannibal, a 1,000-pound (454-kilogram) alligator. The Glades Exhibit features a variety of tortoises and iguanas. The Exotic Wildlife Exhibit (scheduled to open in 2020) will include large cats like panthers and caracals. Visitors looking for a unique thrill can also enjoy night time alligator-viewing trips.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Kids 6 and under must wear a lifejacket (which is provided) while onboard the boat; all other guests may also choose to wear a lifejacket if they desire.
  • The boats are not wheelchair accessible.
  • Airboat tours leave every 30 minutes, and private boat tours are also available. 
  • Fishing boats and camping spots are available.
  • Children age 3 and under enter for free.

How to Get There
Sawgrass Recreation Park is located two miles north of Exit 23, off I-75 on US Route 27. The park is about 30 minutes from the Fort Lauderdale airport and about 45 to 60 minutes from Miami Beach. There is free parking available on site. 

When to Get There
Boats leave every 30 minutes from morning through mid-afternoon.  Animal exhibits close in the early evening, when the last boat boards. During the summer, it's best to visit in the morning; there can be wind and thunderstorms in the afternoons.

Exploring the Florida Everglades
There are a variety of ways to explore the Everglades. After enjoying an airboat ride, join a tram tour from the Shark Valley Visitor Center,  visit the Big Cypress National Preserve, or stroll on the boardwalk through the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. Hardcore campers can even spend the night in a chickee, a traditional Seminole or Miccosukee log-frame structure with palm or palmetto thatching.
Address: 1006 N. U.S. Highway 27, Weston, Florida 33327, USA
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Florida Everglades Airboat Adventure and Wildlife Encounter

Florida Everglades Airboat Adventure and Wildlife Encounter

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Escape to the Florida Everglades for this airboat adventure and wildlife encounter at Sawgrass Recreation Park. This exciting airboat ride is a great way to experience the unique subtropical ecosystem of the Everglades. Skim across the grassy water at speeds up to 40 miles per hour while looking for wildlife like alligators, fish, turtles, and wading birds. This guided tour includes entrance to Sawgrass Recreation Park and an admission ticket to the animal exhibit and a guided airboat tour.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$24.56
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Private Tour: Florida Everglades Airboat Ride and Wildlife Adventure

Private Tour: Florida Everglades Airboat Ride and Wildlife Adventure

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Travel deep into Everglades National Park on this private airboat tour and wildlife encounter at Sawgrass Recreation Park. Experience the unique subtropical ecosystem of the Everglades on your own airboat, going deeper into the Everglades than on the typical public ride. Skim across the grassy water at speeds up to 40 miles per hour while looking for alligators, fish, turtles, and wading birds. This tour includes entrance to Sawgrass Recreation Park and admission to the Reptile, Glades, and Exotic Wildlife exhibits.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$159.03
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Florida Everglades Night Airboat Tour near Fort Lauderdale

Florida Everglades Night Airboat Tour near Fort Lauderdale

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Explore Everglades National Park on this airboat tour at night at Sawgrass Recreation Park. This exciting airboat ride is a great way to experience the unique subtropical ecosystem of the Everglades at night. Skim across the grassy water at speeds up to 40 miles per hour (64 kph) while keeping your eyes peeled for alligators, fish, turtles, and wading birds. This tour includes daytime entrance to Sawgrass Recreation Park and admission to the Reptile, Glades, and Exotic Wildlife exhibits.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$42.80
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Florida Everglades Private Night Airboat Ride Tour

Florida Everglades Private Night Airboat Ride Tour

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Experience Florida's Everglades at night on this airboat tour at Sawgrass Recreation Park. Get to know the unique subtropical ecosystem of the Everglades in a private setting with your own captain. Skim across the grassy water at speeds up to 40 miles (64 kilometers) per hour while looking for alligators, fish, turtles, and wading birds. This tour includes daytime entrance to Sawgrass Recreation Park and admission to the Reptile, Glades, and Exotic Wildlife exhibits.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$156.25
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