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Everglades Airboat Tours

Options for Exploring the Florida River of Grass

Everglades Airboat Tours are one of the most popular options for exploring the vastness of the area, learn about the many ecosystems and enjoy searching for wildlife. Here's an account of our recent airboat ride and the wildlife we encountered.

Everglades Airboat Tours near Miami

If you have your own car, you have many options for airboat rides. It is important to note that airboat tours are not conducted within the Everglades National Park boundaries, but there are numerous operators spread over the area just outside the park.

Many concentrate along US 41, or Tamiami Trail and also near the park's main entrance and visitor center in Homestead. Simply drive along these two corridors and you can not miss the many signs advertising the airboat rides, there are plenty of them.

During the dry season (november through april), tours are conducted on a continuous basis, every half hour or so. On weekends and holidays, they are quite busy and making reservations ahead of time is a good idea specially if you have a large group.

If you don't have your own transportation, there are no public transportation options to bring you to the Everglades but there are several tours that include service to and from the city.

Everglades Airboat Wildlife Sightings: Alligator

Everglades Airboat Tours from Miami including Transportation

Everglades Airboat Tours: anhinga

Big Airboat or Small Airboat?

Another consideration will be whether to take a group tour on one of the larger operators or one of the smaller private tours.

If you are after a more personalized experience where you have your expert naturalist guide sharing his/her knowledge and passion at your own pace then going with one of the smaller operators will suit you best. Advance reservations are of course required.

The small boats also claim to be able to get to parts where the larger boats cannot, but remember that wildlife viewing is a bit of hit or miss, there is no telling what you will see whether you are on the big boat or the small one.

The small boats can certainly go much faster and take in the turns and spins, which if you are traveling with the kids, it will be a real hit.

And if price matters, the large airboat tours are certainly more economical but depending on the size of your group a private tour might not be that much more expensive since the price is per group not per person.

Everglades Airboat Tour Wildlife Sightings: Litle Green Heron

Everglades Airboat Tour at Night

Airboat rides are thrilling enough, and at night, in total darkness, it's a totally different experience.

Click here for more Everglades tour options, including tours from the vicinity, Orlando, Naples or Ft. Myers, kayak trips, photography trips, etc.



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