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Everglades Airboat Rides

Resting Gator

There are many airboat tour companies with many different boats that accommodate any-sized group of people to take you through the Everglades. They utilize experienced, professional guides that point out birds, plants, and of course all the wildlife.

Wildlife Sightings

Purple Gallinule

Some animals you may see include both large adult and small immature alligators and soft-shelled turtles. Sixteen different species of wading birds live in the Everglades; some birds you may encounter include the colorful roseate spoonbill, great blue heron, green heron, great white egret, tri-colored heron, white ibis, a variety of egrets, anhinga or 'snakebird,' and an occasional osprey.

Swamp Gator

The canal opens up into the main waters of the Everglades which looks like a prairie of tall grass almost as far as the eye can see. The only dry land here are these little islands called hammocks that are inhabited by raccoons, whitetail deer and wild boar. In some canals you may pass a replica of a chickee, which was a structure made of palm and cypress wood commonly found in Native American fishing camps.

Black Crowned Night Heron

After your boat tour most places have a wildlife show with a demonstration of how the Indians used to capture alligators with their bare hands. Birds, frogs, lizards and a scorpion may be a part of the show, too, and if you're brave enough you can even hold a small alligator. Be sure to bring your camera, there are many things to take picture of.

Gator Closeup

We went to Gator Park and took their airboat tour. They have a great restaurant where you can eat indoors or out; it serves traditional fare like hamburgers, hotdogs and sandwiches, but also serves alligator tail, alligator sausage, frog legs, and catfish - yum. Gator Park is available for private functions, corporate events, and special parties.

Anhinga AKA Snake Bird

Airboat Tours in the Everglades

  • Captain Doug’s Everglades Tours
  • Everglades Island Air Boat Tours
  • Gator Park
  • Speedy's Airboat Tours
  • Everglades Day Safari
  • Air Boat USA
  • The Original Coopertown Airboats
  • Everglades Holiday Park
  • Sawgrass Recreation Park








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