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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Airboat Tours in the Everglades
Captain Doug’s Everglades Tours
Everglades Island Air Boat Tours
Speedy's Airboat Tours
Everglades Day Safari
Air Boat USA
The Original Coopertown Airboats
Everglades Holiday Park
Sawgrass Recreation Park
By Beverly Martinez-Collins – PlacesAroundFlorida.com