Discovering the Best Everglades Tour for Your Next Florida Vacation

Florida is home to beautiful beaches, exciting theme parks, and the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States — the Everglades.

Airboats tours in Everglades National Park, Florida.

Everglades National Park is a 1.5-million acre preserve, and is home to abundant wildlife and animal sanctuaries, including the elusive Florida panther, manatees, leatherback turtles, and of course, alligators!

There is so much to explore in this amazingly beautiful and unparalleled landscape, and you absolutely must see it to believe it.

You’ve been to the beach. You’ve ridden the roller coaster. Now it’s time to see why the Florida Everglades should be on everyone’s “must do” list!

Airboat Tours

When you think of an Everglades tour, you must think of airboats! There are so many Everglades airboat tours to choose from, and we’ve found the best. So strap in, and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime!

Everglades VIP Tour with Transportation Included

Get the total Everglades airboat ride experience with this VIP tour that includes an airboat tour, and one of the best alligator shows put on by the Gator Boys Alligator Rescue Team from Animal Planet! The best part? They’ll pick you up and drop you off at your Fort Lauderdale hotel, so you don’t have to worry about a thing.

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Leaving from: Ft. Lauderdale
Prices from: $58
Duration: 1 hour airboat tour/4 hours total

Everglades Morning Tour & Wildlife Show

Take a tour of Everglades National Park during a 45-minute airboat ride through the swampland, before stopping and getting up close and personal with local animals! A luxury motor coach will take you to your destinations, so you can spend the day observing and learning.

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Leaving from: Miami
Prices from: $59
Duration: 4.5 hours

Everglades Afternoon Tour & Wildlife Show

Take a quick journey through the Everglades while you’re in Miami on this afternoon tour and wildlife show! A bus will take you from Miami to the Everglades, where you’ll take an airboat ride through the wetlands. Then you’ll meet alligators and other animals during a wildlife show! So much action in just one afternoon.

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Leaving from: Miami
Prices from: $59
Duration: 3.5 hours

Everglades Safari Park

You’ll zoom through the beautiful Florida wetlands on an air boat, while learning all about the natural wildlife in the area along the way! Afterwards, you’ll enjoy an alligator show — where the brave will have the chance to hold a baby alligator! You’ll also see turtles, and iguanas, and learn about native snakes.

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Location: Everglades Safari Park in Miami
Prices from: $28
Duration: 2.5 hours

Airboat Ride & Animal Show at Everglades Alligator Farm

If you love alligators — this is the tour for you! This animal adventure takes place at the Everglades Alligator Farm — just a short ride from Miami. You’ll take an airboat ride through the swamp, spotting gators along the way! Then you can enjoy alligator and snake demonstrations, and even get your photo taken with both!

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Location: Everglades Alligator Farm
Prices from: $25
Duration: Varies

Everglades National Park Airboat Tour & Wildlife Show

You’ll take an airboat ride through the national park, learning about the wildlife along the way! You can also enjoy a wildlife show, and even hold a baby alligator too!

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Location: Miami
Prices from: $24.99
Duration: 1 hour

Everglades: 3.5-Hour Adventure Tour

Spend half a day learning all about Everglades National Park on this 3.5-hour adventure tour! They will pick you up from your Miami Beach or downtown Miami hotel, and take you to the park. There, you’ll enjoy an airboat ride through the “Rivers of Grass” and learn more about the wildlife that calls this place home. A wildlife show is included, and you’ll also have a chance to try a fried alligator tail sandwich! (Good luck with that.)

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Location: Miami
Prices from: $43
Duration: 3.5 hours

Captain Bob’s Everglades Adventure

Your kids will love this Everglades adventure with a trained biologist, where you’ll learn more about the unique ecosystem found in the Everglades. Take an airboat ride through the glades, getting up close to gators along the way! Sightings are guaranteed! If you’re up for more excitement, you’ll also have a chance to hold snakes and a baby alligator.

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Location: Miami (Pick up/Drop off from certain hotels included)
Prices from: $80
Duration: 4.5 hours

Orlando Everglades Half-Day Tour

Glide across the water through the central Florida Everglades on this half-day tour! Enjoy a 1-hour airboat ride through the swamps of central Florida, before taking a stroll through Gator Park. The park features animals such as emu, buffalo, zebra, and boar — so you can see these amazing animals in a safe environment. A complimentary barbecue basket lunch is included!

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Location: Orlando
Prices from: $78
Duration: 4 hours

Everglades Airboat & Alligator Show

Choose between morning or afternoon pick-up and enjoy a trip through the Florida Everglades! This tour includes pick up/drop off from certain Miami Beach hotels, and then a 1-hour airboat ride through the park. You’ll enjoy a wildlife show too!

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Location: Miami
Prices from: $62.90
Duration: 3-5 hours

Everglades Indian Reservation Daytime Safari

Learn about the Seminole Indian tribe during this tour through the Everglades. You’ll visit traditional Indian villages, while taking an airboat ride through the swamps. Discover animals local to the area, and if you’re lucky, you may even spot the elusive black panther! You also have the option of taking a buggy tour and going to the casino on the Native American reservation. It’s a great way to learn about the indigenous people of Florida, while taking in all the beauty of the Everglades.

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Location: Miccosukee Indian Reservation
Prices from: $149
Duration: 7 hours

Wild Florida Everglades Airboat & Wildlife Park

On this airboat ride, you’ll travel around the entire 4,200 acres that make up the central Florida Everglades! You’ll make your way to a sightseeing pier, so you can take in the absolute best views! See an alligator show and visit wildlife exhibits while you’re there. End your trip with a Florida barbecue that includes pulled pork, smoked chicken, and of course – frog legs and gator tail!

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Location: Orlando
Prices from: $29
Duration: 1.5 hours

Small Group Everglades Tour

Experience the Everglades without the crowds on this 6-person airboat tour through the national park! You’ll look for alligators, and learn more about the beauty of the area on this 1-hour tour.

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Location: Miami
Prices from: $50
Duration: 1 hour

90-Minute Everglades Adventure Tour

Take in all the beauty that the central Florida Everglades has to offer on this 90-minute tour through the wetlands. You’ll travel on a 6-passenger airboat, guaranteed to give you unobstructed views! Keep an eye out for the American alligator!

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Location: Orlando
Prices from: $71.82
Duration: 1.5 hours

Airboat Adventure & Wildlife Encounter

Get ready for excitement on this airboat adventure and wildlife encounter at Sawgrass Recreational Park! You’ll speed through the Everglades on an airboat, looking for alligators, turtles, birds, and fish. After that, you’ll enjoy access to the Reptiles, Glades, and Exotic Wildlife exhibits, and learn about the park’s conservation measures.

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Location: Sawgrass Recreational Park (outside Ft. Lauderdale)
Prices from: $23.33
Duration: 30-minute airboat ride, time varies for exhibits

Everglades Daytime Safari

If you’re staying in Sanibel, Fort Myers, or Naples — this trip through the Everglades has it all! Enjoy a wildlife drive, nature walk, lunch, a 1-hour airboat ride, and a boat cruise on this all-day adventure with a naturalist guide. They’ll even pick you up from selected hotels! If you want to learn all about everything the Everglades has to offer, this tour is the right choice.

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Location: Sanibel/Fort Myers/Naples
Prices from: $165
Duration: 9.5 hours

Private Airboat Tours

Ready to escape from the craziness of life and just enjoy exploring the Everglades with your group? You’ll love these private airboat tours!

All-Day Private Everglades Tour

If you want to immerse yourself in everything Everglades, this tour is for you! This all-day private tour includes transportation to and from your Miami hotel, an airboat ride to a Miccosukee Indian Reservation, and a boat ride through the 10,000 Islands to Gulf of Mexico. During the adventure, you’ll visit four parks — Everglades National Park, Big Cypress National Preserve, Ten Thousand Islands NWR, and Fakahatchee State Park. A great way to experience what the Everglades are all about!

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Leaving from: Miami
Prices from: $110/person
Duration: 8 hours

Half-Day Private Everglades Tour

Experience the Everglades by visiting three different parks during this private, half-day adventure! Your tour guide will take you to Everglades National Park, Big Cypress National Preserve, and Miccosukee Indian Reservation. An airboat will take you to a Miccosukee tree island, you’ll ride down back roads to spot wildlife, and take a hike on a Big Cypress boardwalk.

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Leaving from: Miami
Prices from: $75/person
Duration: 5 hours

1-Hour Day Tour

Explore the Everglades on a private airboat ride with someone who calls this place home! You’ll navigate the natural waterways while learning about (and seeing!) the wildlife in the area.

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Leaving from: The boat ramp at Francis S. Taylor WMA in Weston
Prices from: $325 for 1-4 people
Duration: 1 hour

2-Hour Day Tour

You’ll have twice as much time to explore the Florida Everglades on this 2-hour day tour! Discover the “River of Grass” on an airboat, and enjoy learning amazing facts about the Everglades.

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Leaving from: The boat ramp at Francis S. Taylor WMA in Weston
Prices from: $350 for 1-2 people
Duration: 2 hours

Sunset Airboat Tour

Discover how beautiful the Everglades can be by taking this sunset airboat tour! You’ll enjoy a private airboat ride, and see the Everglades in a brand new light!

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Leaving from: The boat ramp at Francis S. Taylor WMA in Weston
Prices from: $450 for 1-2 people
Duration: 2 hours

Private Everglades Tour

Travel deep into the Everglades on this private airboat tour at Sawgrass Recreational Park. You will travel deeper into the Everglades than you would on a typical tour, and learn more about the wildlife that calls this place home. This tour also includes admission to the park and all its exhibits.

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Location: Sawgrass Recreational Park (outside Ft. Lauderdale)
Prices from: $32.53
Duration: approximately 1 hour

Sawgrass Park: 1-Hour Airboat Adventure Tour

Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and take this private, 1-hour airboat adventure through the Everglades! You can choose either a daytime or nighttime tour, and they’ll even let you hold a baby alligator.

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Location: Miami
Prices from: $305/group of 4
Duration: 1 hour

Airboat Combo Tours

If you’re up for a lot of adventure, these combo tours are exactly what you’re looking for!  Each of these tours features an airboat ride through the Everglades, plus something more.

Miami City Tour & Everglades Airboat Excursion

If you’re looking for a tour that combines the best of city life with nature — this one’s for you! You’ll first travel by airboat into the Florida wetlands observing wildlife in the Everglades National Park, before enjoying an alligator show. Then you’ll board a mini-bus and take a 3-hour tour through some of Miami’s most famous neighborhoods! Round-trip transportation is provided from downtown and Miami Beach hotels.

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Leaving from: Miami
Prices from: $82
Duration: 8+ hours

Everglades Adventure & Boat Cruise Combo

This tour is all about the boats! You’ll start your day with an airboat tour through the Everglades, before being taken aboard an air-conditioned yacht to cruise the intercoastal waterways of Miami! A tour bus will take you to and from the Everglades.

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Leaving from: Miami
Prices from: $84
Duration: 6.5 hours

Miami to the Max: City and Everglades Tour

Get the best of both worlds with this combo tour that takes you to some of Miami’s most popular city neighborhoods, and then takes you out into nature with an airboat tour of the Everglades! You’ll visit South Beach, the Art Deco district, and the popular Wynwood Walls. After a lunch break in Little Havana, you’ll head into the wetlands for a boat ride through the national park.

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Leaving from: Miami
Prices from: $75
Duration: 8.5 hours

Biscayne Bay Boat Tour & Everglades Airboat Combo

On this tour, you’ll be picked up from your downtown or Miami Beach hotel, and then taken to Everglades National Park where you’ll enjoy one of the best airboat nature tours! Afterwards, you’ll cruise the sparkling waters of Biscayne Bay, where you can take in the beauty of the city skyline and other popular Miami sights from the comfort of your boat. Sounds like a great way to spend the day!

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Leaving from: Transportation included from Miami
Prices from: $75
Duration: 6 hours

Airboat Ride & Gatorland Adventure

This tour is perfect for family members of all ages! You’ll be picked up near Orlando, and taken on an awesome airboat ride through the central Florida Everglades. Afterwards, you’ll head into Gatorland — the famous adventure park, and a “must” for Florida day trips. Here, you’ll see different types of exotic wildlife on their preserve. Take in one of their shows, watch a daredevil wrestle a huge alligator, visit the petting zoo, and hop on the train. It’ll be a full day, but don’t leave without trying some corn dogs or…gator nuggets!

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Location: Orlando
Prices from: $109
Duration: 6 hours

Other Everglades Tours

If airboats aren’t your thing, don’t worry! Here you’ll find tours including walking tours, fishing trips, and kayak tours. No matter how you decide to explore the Everglades, you’ll be glad you did.

Tropical Botanical Garden and Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary

Flamingo Gardens is the perfect way to spend the day taking in all the natural beauty of the Florida Everglades. At Flamingo Gardens, you’ll find a 60-acre botanical garden and wildlife sanctuary. Learn more about the flora and fauna in the area, and see tropical plants in their natural habitat. The wildlife sanctuary is home to animals such as alligators and bobcats! Flamingo Gardens is located just outside Miami, but feels a world away!

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Location: Flamingo Gardens in Davie, FL
Prices from: $19.95
Duration: Up to you!

Alligator Alley Fishing Trip

Get ready for the fishing adventure of a lifetime on this Alligator Alley fishing trip! Everglades fishing features some of the best trophy bass fishing in the state, and now it’s time for you to land one. This tour is guided by a professionally-licensed captain who will take you our on a 21-foot boat for this all-day adventure. Fishing equipment is included.

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Location: Fort Lauderdale
Prices from: $300
Duration: 4-12 hours

Private Guided Walk Through the Everglades

There is no better way to get up close and personal with nature than this 2-hour private guided walk through Big Cypress National Preserve. Get off the beaten path and away from the crowds, and walk the paths of wild game animals that most visitors don’t get to see. You’ll look for wildlife, enjoy the flora, follow freshly made animal tracks, and have a completely unique experience you’ll remember for years to come!

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Location: Ochopee, FL
Prices from: $186/2 people
Duration: 2 hours

Everglades National Park Mangrove Tunnel Kayak Eco-Tour

You’ll float down narrow creeks and lakes and through mangrove tunnels in the comfort of your own, easy “sit-on-top” kayak on this eco-tour! You’ll travel through the unique ecosystem, and learn more about the flora and fauna in the area. Explore Everglades National Park is a way few people do, and keep an eye out for birds, fish, and reptiles along the way!

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Location: Everglades City, FL
Prices from: $117.64
Duration: 3 hours

Everglades Group Swamp Walk

I mean, it’s not every day you get to go on a swamp walk, right?! Take a walk through remote areas of the swamp on this 1.5-hour tour. You’ll also hike on game trails found in the Big Cypress National Preserve. You’ll be away from the crowds, and just taking in nature!

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Location: Ochopee, FL
Prices from: $33
Duration: 1.5 hours

Wild Florida’s Wildlife Park & Alligator Show

Just outside of Orlando, you’ll find Wild Florida’s Wildlife Park — a place where you can visit all sorts of animals! Here you’ll find zebra, deer, wild boar, water buffalo, and some of the largest alligators ever! You can also visit the tropical bird aviary, see an alligator show, and take a walk along the 500-foot sightseeing dock to get a closer look at the swamp.

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Location: Kenansville, FL (outside Orlando)
Prices from: $10
Duration: Varies

 

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Kate Gelsthorpe is a former TV news writer, and a born and raised Georgia girl who grew up camping with her family at state parks around central and south Georgia. After 18 years in Atlanta, her family recently moved to Athens, and in their spare time you can find them exploring their new hometown. She and her husband, Kevin, are the proud parents of an 8-year-old dinosaur expert, and a 6-year-old outdoor-loving fashionista.

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Freelance Writer and Adventure Maven at loveandkate
Kate Gelsthorpe is a former TV news writer, and a born and raised Georgia girl who grew up camping with her family at state parks around central and south Georgia.After 18 years in Atlanta, her family recently moved to Athens, and in their spare time you can find them exploring their new hometown.She and her husband, Kevin, are the proud parents of an 8-year-old dinosaur expert, and a 6-year-old outdoor-loving fashionista.

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  1. A great and informative blog.

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