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A Day at Sawgrass Recreation Park including Airboat Ride

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Highlights

  • Family fun for everyone
  • Speed through the swamps in an airboat
  • Cuddle a baby alligator!
  • See an incredible array of wild creatures

Overview

Treat the family to a day at the Sawgrass Recreation Park enjoying the untamed wilderness of the Florida Everglades.

Feel the wind in your hair as you whizz through the waterways in an airboat at 50 mph. Look out for the alligators, crocs and turtles that thrive in the mysterious overgrown swamps.

Then spend time on land getting up close and personal with all sorts of wild and wonderful critters, including Cannibal, a 1000 pound gator. You wouldn't want to cuddle him but you can hug a real live baby alligator and get a photo to prove you did it!

And that's just the start. You'll find herons, egrets, birds of prey, turtles, iguanas and much more just waiting to meet you at this fantastic Park.

Itinerary

On arrival at the Park, please present your confirmation voucher at any one of the registers located in the main building on the property. You will then be signed up for the next available airboat ride.

The Everglades is a wetland wilderness based on a slow-moving system of rivers. Once the home of the Seminole Native Americans, it is a beautiful and fragile habitat made up of 1.2 million acres of grasslands and hardwood hammocks (tree islands). Alligators, American crocodiles, turtles, fish, snakes and exotic wading birds thrive in this subtropical environment.

Start your adventure with a 30 minute airboat ride through the untamed wilderness. You will glide across miles of river at speeds up to 50 mph, guided by an experienced and knowledgeable captain. During the trip, you'll discover the secrets of the swamps and hear tales of how the Seminole and panther once coexisted in this lush wilderness. Look out for the native wildlife as you skim across the glassy water.

Back on land there are some fascinating exhibits awaiting you. The reptile exhibit features dozens of species both native and exotic to Florida. Along with the friendly turtles and iguanas, you will meet and learn about Cannibal, the 1000 pound alligator. Be sure to bring your camera, so one of your friends or family can capture the excitement of you cradling a baby alligator.

Your adventure will include a visit to the Exotic Wildlife exhibit arranged by Predators Unlimited. This is a separate organization that brings a variety of animals to the park each day to visit. They strive to educate and enlighten the public about endangered species like the Florida panther. You'll have the chance to get up close and personal with a whole range of different animals that might include panthers, leopards, and even birds of prey. The handlers are passionate about the care of their animals and are more than happy to answer any questions.

While you are at the Park, don't miss the 'Swamp Yard Island'! You and your family can interact with and feed many of the animals at this exhibit.

You can easily spend around 90 minutes enjoying the various exhibits. Your wildlife experience ends at Sawgrass Park and you need to make your own arrangements for returning to your accommodation.

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Activity Schedule

When does it run?

Daily

Duration

Allow 2 hours for your visit

Start time

Park Opening Time: From 9:30am to 3:30pm
Duration: Allow 2 hours for your visit

Meeting point

Please make your own way to Sawgrass Recreation Park at 1006 N. U.S. Highway 27, Weston, Florida 33327.

Directions:
From the North: Take I-95 South or the Turnpike South 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 Recreation Park is just 2 miles to the North on the right hand side of the road. Turn right and cross over the bridge, make another immediate right down into the parking lot.

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. The Park is just 2 miles to the North on the right hand side of the road. Turn right and cross over the bridge, make another immediate right down into the parking lot.
Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

Ending point

The tour ends at Sawgrass Recreation Park

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Inclusions

  • Entrance for 30 minute airboat ride and exhibit areas
  • Ear Protection during airboat ride
  • 6% State Sales Tax

Exclusions

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Meals

Do/Dont's

Mosquitoes thrive in the Everglades, so it is advisable to cover your legs and arms and bring insect repellent. There are lots of great photo-opportunities so don't forget the camera or video cam

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Please note

No reservations required, tours operate pending inclement weather, please call the activity operator before arrival to ensure tours are running that day.

On arrival at the Park, please present your confirmation voucher at any one of the registers located in the main building on the property. You will then be signed up for the next available airboat ride

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Additional info

  • The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have
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Cancellation policy

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