Everglades Airboat Tour: Exciting Florida Wildlife Exploration
4.2
1,620 Ratings
Fort Lauderdale
Embark on an exhilarating Everglades airboat tour in Fort Lauderdale. Glide through the River of Grass, spot exotic wildlife, and get up close to American alligators. Book now!
Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
Highlights
  • Everglades Holiday Park Airboat Tours and Rides - Glide across the River of Grass on a 60-minute airboat tour

We open at 9AM (rain or shine) and our last airboat tour departs promptly at 4PM, so please be here no later than 3:30 PM to enjoy the full tour experience. Tours are 60-minutes in length, departing every 20 minutes or less.

What's Included
  • 1-hour narrated Everglades airboat tour
  • Expert Gladesmen live narration during the tour
  • See alligators and wildlife up close
  • Learn about conservation efforts in the Everglades
  • Complimentary group photo per party
What's Not Included
  • Food & Beverages (available for purchase)
  • Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
Additional Information

Embark on a journey to discover the Florida Everglades at the Everglades Holiday Park situated in Fort Lauderdale via an Airboat Tour. Indulge in an adventure where you smoothly sail across the River of Grass on a 60-minute Commentated Everglades Airboat Tour conducted by the most well-versed Gladesmen in South Florida. Encounter exotic wildlife at a close range, including Florida’s native prehistoric creature, the American alligator. With thrilling speed, refreshing air, and a wealth of exhilaration, airboat tours in the Everglades offer an invigorating experience for the entire family, comprising some of the finest sightseeing in Florida. Take note: this ticket merely covers the airboat tour.

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Tickets include airboat tour ONLY
  • Free on-site parking
Location
Everglades Holiday Park Airboat Tours and Rides
Griffin Road
Last airboat tour departs promptly at 4:00PM, please arrive no later than 3:30PM for the full tour experience. Please note: Operating hours are subject to change without notice. It is advised that you call prior to your date of travel to confirm operating hours.
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

Customer Ratings
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Albert_p
Apr 25, 2024
Everglades - It was nice having our tickets through Viator BEFORE we arrived. It was interesting see the Everglades for the first time ever and the Gator Show.
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Discover45705611319
Mar 30, 2024
One of a kind experience - We took the Airboat tour in the Everglades Holiday Park. It was a really fun experience because we got to see the alligators living in their natural habitat. I reccomend going earlier in the morning to this ride because we went around 5:00 pm (which is the time where the alligators usually sleep) and we only saw about 3 gators. The alligators came close to the boat allowing us to get closer looks of them. The boat goes through some canals of water and the view of the horizon line is amazing!! I definitely recommend this ride!
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Y0slenh
Mar 3, 2024
Animal encounter with Matt - Our first time visiting Everglades holiday park even though the boat ride for me, and the family was all right. The best experience we had was the animal encounter with Matt. His customer service skills was amazing and he was very knowledgeable, very professional, and very experience and best of all his sense of humor. He made me my husband and my children feel really safe throughout the animal encounter. He is truly amazing and thanks to him. We had a wonderful time and know more about animals. Matt gets a five out of five rating in my experience. He also changed my husband‘s perspective towards snakes, even though he was very scared of snakes he conquered his fear thanks to Matt.
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Mary_s
Feb 1, 2024
A nice little side trip in Ft. Lauderdale - Our driver, Bruce, was very kind and shared so much information with us. Also, the alligator show shed light on how these animals are feared more than they need be.
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Akinyelet2022
Jun 1, 2024
Nice Experience - The tour was great. Shout out to Captain Nadeim ( The Domicican Guy ). He made surr we were entertained and taught us a lot about the park.
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P5281jfmarcs
Feb 9, 2024
Nice way to spend a day in Florida - Over all this was a good experience. I was looking for an inexpensive airboat tour into the Everglades. Smaller, more personal tours were $250. Just a heads up, this place is very busy. Many busses in the parking lot. School trips, cruise excursions, vacation resort activities, and the like. They are pretty organized, so it does move along, but expect a wait. If you bought tickets online, be sure to go the tickets desk first. That’s where you get assigned to a boat group. The boat captain was very informative about the plants and animals in the Everglades. We did see alligators. The Gator Boys show was also an educational experience, not a goofy gator wrestling match. Good way for my wife and I to spend a day together while we’re here in Florida.
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Kathleen_s
Mar 30, 2024
Wait, not worth the trip or the money. - Seeing the alligators in the Everglades. However, I was informed by the Vater agent that the boats left at few 20 minutes. But she failed to tell me was that we would have to wait 2 to 3 hours to get on that boat. The Holiday Park from which the boats left had very few amenities. We were left standing around. In the heat. It seems priority. Is given to the cruise boat patience. I definitely would not recommend this trip. I now expect a full refund.
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Cd4dc
May 8, 2024
A Pathetic & Crowded Tourist Trap - The Everglades Holiday Park is mostly a pathetic and crowded tourist trap. The airboat ride was a little bit fun - but not very much. Just don't expect to see any wildlife while on the boat. From the minute you arrive you begin hearing cautions about not being guaranteed to see any alligators. Of course any self-respecting wild animals would flee the area where boat after boat after boat passes by every 10 minutes, each filled with ~100 gawking tourists and a boat driver narrating each step of the trip. But these boats are not ordinary motor boats, which are plenty loud; these boats have twin 500 horsepower engines that are REALLY SUPER LOUD. Wear earplugs and enjoy the brief speedboat ride. But -- wildlife encounters -- haha, no, of course not. The everglades themselves are just lush expanses of tall grass -- interesting for about the first 5 minutes. So, in an attempt to make up for this underwhelming trip, the boat drivers fill your time with humor as much as they can. It's a living. Afterwards (or beforehand) there is an "Alligator Display and Show" that is nice enough and worth seeing while you are there. However, the show is marred by the performer lamenting that he is an unpaid volunteer and you should give him a nice tip to support him and the environmental protection group that he works for. There are no signs (or if so I missed them) to highlight what this group is nor for you to consider making a charitable contribution to support their work. Just a big tip box where the performer stands as you exit. The whole thing just feels like a cheesy tourist trap. My opinion: Find something better to do. FYI: my wife and I attended without any children. It might be more interesting for young kids who have little experience with either nature or boats. But, meh.
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Seanmj3238qq
Mar 30, 2024
Horrible and I want a refund! - Well, after seeing the show, which was outstanding, we were greeted by a guy on the dock, Capt Rick, who told us he’d be our Captain for our airboat tour. I was a little taken a back that our boat was not covered like the others, but I didn’t think much of it, until we got on the boat and Capt. Rick started the engines without any warning us of the engine’s noise. OMG, it was so loud it was painful. (Hearing protection would have been appreciated) After taking us only a few hundreds yard, Capt Rick then turned off the engine and without hesitation gave us a synopsis of his childhood and telling us that the next hurricane to hit southern Florida would most likely kill millions and wipe out half the state. (Yes, just what you want your kids to hear.) After 10 minutes of blabbering about his grandfather and the doomsday scenario, he started up the boat and took us through some high grass, which struck the passenger in front of us in the eye. (WTF I thought) After 5 minutes of boating, Capt. Rick once again stopped the boat, not to look for alligators, but once again to tell us about growing up with a grumpy Indian grandfather, his bout with cancer, how he’s going to be buried with a piece of rope in his mouth and finally telling us how he lost three fingers to an alligator. Oh, and if that wasn’t enough, he then launched himself off of the boat and warned us about putting pictures of him swimming on social media, because he would most likely lose his job. After a good 10 minutes of him telling stories in the water, where we were told there might be alligators, he got back on the boat and we headed back to shore. How in the hell can you have this lunatic, who put us in danger by jumping overboard, be a captain on one of your tours? I was so disappointing, as were my friends, and we walked away from the boat thoroughly disgusted by his behavior. Instead of even looking for alligators, this narcissist spent 45 minutes of our boat tour talking about himself and 15 minutes driving us around the Everglades with no interest of us seeing anything. Oh, and if his behavior wasn’t enough, calling a female passenger “Mamacita” 20+ times during our tour was totally disgusting and sexist. Please tell him slang for Mamacita means "hot, sexy woman" which any decent person would never use in a public setting. Lastly, I am also telling Viator about our day, since they’re the ones who I booked our tour. Sincerely Sean Murphy, A very unhappy customer!
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816pilark
Mar 1, 2024
If I hadn't paid online we would have left - On Friday morning March 1, after purchasing 2 adult tickets for $83.43, we arrived at the Everglades Holiday Park. We checked in, receiving numbered wrist bands and were advised we will be able to start our tour in 60 minutes. There is little to do while waiting - watch other people lineup and board the airboats is the primary past time. After 55 minutes, those with certain wristband numbers were told to lineup for the alligator show (an up close look at many large alligators) - we waited in line for ~15 minutes and were then brought into the seating area. The presenter, who seemed quite knowledgeable about alligators, shared a few interesting facts about the animals. I REALLY wished he shared his valuable knowledge about the alligators versus telling under appreciated jokes and sarcasm. After the ~25 minute show, guests were walked thru an area housing other everglades animals. Shortly after exiting, our wrist band number was called to board the airboat. The wait was minimal to board the airboat. The airboat engines are VERY loud. There is much to learn about the everglades ecosystem, the birds, plants, etc. Sadly we received a minimal amount of interesting information and the airboat tour was quite lackluster. NOTE: airboat captains are hopeful to receive tips - the website should indicate this!
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