Sawgrass Recreation Park Everglades Airboat Adventures

Gate Prices: Adult $24.33 / Child $13.73
5/5 4 Reviews
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Gate Prices Adult $24.33
Child (3-12) $13.73
Ride through Everglades National Park on an authentic airboat, and see Florida’s most famous creature—the alligator. After your thirty minute ride, you’ll have the chance to learn about, and even hold, swamp creatures, and other animals that perhaps aren’t so native to the wetlands!

Can’t get enough of shows like “Swamp People”? Would you love to see what the swamp, and the critters who call it home, are really like? This thirty-minute ride takes you on an in-depth tour of Everglades National Park, in the capable hands of an experienced captain. Riding high on a traditional Florida airboat, you’ll be in a perfect position to look down on the swamp below and spot countless alligators in their natural habitat. Bring plenty of sunblock and your camera! After your ride has concluded, you’ll head back to the park to explore the park’s wildlife exhibits and see reptiles and swamp critters, up close, and have the chance to learn more about them.

What will you see at Sawgrass Recreation Park?

Reptiles! See a Florida Alligator up-close…but not just any alligator. We’re talking about Cannibal, the 1,000 lb resident gator at Sawgrass. Did you know that the alligator is considered to be an original dinosaur? Sawgrass’ exhibit features dozens of species of this ferocious swamp creature, both native and exotic to Florida. This exhibit also houses shy turtles (their shells really come in handy in these swamps), and a water monitor named Mona, who was adopted from the Wildlife Care Center in Fort Lauderdale. You’ll have the chance to hold some of the animals and pose for photo opps at the “Hold a Baby Gator” experience. The park also is home to Handsome and Peanut, the resident iguanas, who love to hang out and eat berries, star fruit and papaya. The staff regularly mists them off with a hose (simulating their natural environment). Watch them as they close their eyes and enjoy the shower! Very cute.

“Glades Exhibit” start off by watching the "Our Everglades Story" in which you will learn the history of the Glades and the importance of the conservation efforts. You will see and interact with a whole farmyard of interesting creatures, including three massive pot-bellied pigs: Jack, Wilbur and Lefty. They will eat nearly anything and are just waiting to be fed. Their usual diet consists of apples, green beans, lettuce, tomatoes, strawberries, bananas, mangoes, watermelon and mushrooms…quite a healthy diet, considering the size of these piggies! Sawgrass also houses Peking ducks: Afro, Aflack, Joey, Chandler, and their adorable babies, John, Roosevelt and Lily. They can be seen following each other around and eating wheat, greens and berries. Queenie, Jimmy and Timmy are Sawgrass’ loveable bunnies (Himalayan rabbits, to be specific) who were also adopted from the Wildlife Care Center. And if that’s not enough, you’ll also see chickens, roosters and three gorgeous peacocks, Ed Max and Penelope.

Getting In

Present your pass at the ticket counter.


The tours start after 9:00 am each day and continue every 20-30 minutes throughout the day until 3:30 pm with a final airboat tour at 5:00 pm when the animal exhibits close.


Thanksgiving Day and Christmas


One time use per life of card.


1006 N. U.S. Highway 27
Weston, FL 33327

Driving Directions

From the South: Take I-95 North or the Turnpike North to 595 West. On 595 take I-75 North towards Naples. Stay on I-75 North until you come to Exit 23 North (U.S. Highway 27) towards South Bay. Sawgrass is just two miles to the North on the right hand side of the road.

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Great stop
By Florida Vacationer Verified Reviewer from Miami and Fort Lauderdale, FL on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations :

The boat ride was great. We got to see several aligators while on the tour and the guide was great at entertaining all on board. The ride is only 1/2 hour long and it seems to go by quickly. If you are wanting a more in depth tour book somewhere else. The time length was perfect for our vacation. We would deffinately return and take the tour again.

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great tour
By caroline Verified Reviewer from St. Louis, Missouri on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations :

This was great because you could come and go at your own schedule, since the boat left every 1/2 hour. After our driver located an alligator, he pulled him out of the water to show us how docile he is. We saw the alligator's teeth and everything!

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Captain Charlie and Alligators
By shirleypix Verified Reviewer from Gladstone, OR on
Everglades, Alligators, Captain Charlie, Sawgrass, Park
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations :

My husband had just died in 2006 with a heart attack while we lived in Japan. Our son, at the time, 14 was still heartbroken after moving back to the States. My sister and I took him to Florida and there we found Sawgrass Everglades Park. Wow...we were in for such a surprise! It was slow at lunchtime and it was just the 3 of us so Captain Charlie took us out on his small airboat and showed us the time of our lives. There's a photo of my son and I on their website laughing hard. You can see in my son's face the wonderful expression of complete enjoyment by being there. Then as we rode, he saw the eyes of alligators peering through the water. Having my always faithful camera and zoom lens, I proceeded to photograph some wonderful photos which still reside on their website. Thank you Captain Charlie for that awesome boat ride and educational tour! After the boat ride, we proceeded to see the baby alligators and learned how these little creatures could bite off your finger. The owner's son so gracefully wrapped the baby alligator's mouth with tape before handing him over to my son to hold. James, my son, loved experiencing this firsthand. We then went to their wildlife park which are animals rescued in the wild. James got to feed a tiger cub with a bottle and then was escorted to sit by and pet a tiger that was a few months old. We had the wonderful opportunity to meet the owner before leaving thanking him for such a wonderful time! This is not only a park but a family owned park that makes the atmosphere one of warmth and just plain fun! You have to go if you ever have the chance or if you're ever in that area...just take the time and go. You WON'T regret it!!

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Awesome!!! Best attraction of our trip.
By Tom from Illinois from Edwardsville, IL on
Got us a Gator, Short wait for boat ride, Friendly
Animal exhibits,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations :

Great experience. "Captain Tim" did a great job finding us a gator and showing us the everglades. Only a half hour ride, but since we had kids with us it was long enough. Some of the animal exhibits were small and unimpressive, but the animals looked healthy and well taken care of.

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