Airboat Ride in The Everglades. Amazing!

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Since I was a kid watching wildlife shows on TV, I’ve wanted to take an airboat ride in the Everglades, yet for some reason, despite visiting Florida before, I’d never done it. We usually head to Florida for the Disney parks, we’ve been 3 times now and loved every visit, (check out how we visited all 4 parks in 1 day or read our tips on beating the queues) but this time we were further south, down towards Miami waiting to connect with our cruise ship to Barcelona. We had to go.

Airboat Everglades National Park
Airboat Everglades

Airboat Ride in the Everglades

I know I tend to rave about most things, but really, I can’t stress this strongly enough.

Our airboat ride in the Everglades was one of the best things we have ever done. If you’re in Florida, anywhere near the Everglades, do it, hang the expense, it’s so totally wow!

What’s so Great About Airboats and the Florida Everglades?

Airboat florida everglades

It’s a ride so thrilling it had us whooping as our driver did donuts and slid us sideways over the water and vegetation. It’s noisy, we were given ear plugs, so nobody could hear us shouting and laughing with joy. We had the added bonus of being the only customers on this particular boat, just us and our Miccosukee Native American driver, we didn’t see another person for our whole ride. The sense of remoteness and isolation in the middle of this sea of grass in incredible.


In parts we were skimming over shallow clear water, in others we were ploughing over and through grasses and other vegetation at high speed.

The wildlife was incredible, alligators fled as they heard us coming, birds took flight, dragonflies scattered and turtles ducked and covered.

Our particular tour took us to a remote wooden walkway or Mikkosukee Indian camp ( as it’s described) to get a closer look at the critters.

Airboat Everglades Aligators

Finding an Airboat Ride in the Everglades

It’s not hard at all to find an airboat ride in the Everglades, there are dozens of operators along the Tamiami Highway ( the 90) that comes off the Florida Turnpike (821) just south of Miami. Some offer big boats, some small, some have zoos, restaurants and Native American attractions. We picked the cheapest we saw, with the shortest wait time. We paid $65US for the 4 of us. The tour was described as 40 mins but our driver took us out for way longer and it was greatly appreciated. We weren’t given discounts or advertising payments, we just thought it was a great deal, so this is the company we used.

Airboat Rides Everglades

As always, if we find great deal or attraction we’re happy to share, what goes around comes around.

But really, do yourself a favour, take an airboat ride on the Everglades. Florida is amazing, certainly my personal favourite part of the USA after driving from Canada to the Keys, an airboat ride will make your trip even more amazing-er! Want to see our other US content? It’s on our USA travel blog page. Or you can take a look at what to do in Orlando Fl.

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About the author
Alyson Long
Alyson Long is a British medical scientist who jumped ship to chase dreams. A former Chief Biomedical Scientist at London's West Middlesex Hospital she started in website creation and travel writing in 2011. Alyson is a full-time blogger and travel writer, a published author, and owns several websites. World Travel Family is the biggest. A lifetime of wanderlust and over 6 years of full-time travel, plus a separate 12 month gap year, has given Alyson and the family some travel expert smarts to share with you on this world travel site. Today Alyson still travels extensively to update this site and continue her mission to visit every country, but she's often at home on her farm in Australia.

7 thoughts on “Airboat Ride in The Everglades. Amazing!”

  1. Great Post! Looks like a lot of fun. Have you ever done a night tour? It i amazing the difference in the atmosphere after the sun goes down I highly recommend.

  2. A couple of years ago we almost made it to Florida…we will probably end up down there someday in the future. I am sure the kids will love the airboat!!

  3. Really enjoyed reading this Alyson, Florida will be one of our first stops so I am reading up on it non-stop at the moment!! Sounds like great fun, do you think a 3 year old would cope with the ride?

    • I’d say yes Maria, it’s such fun that they’ll probably sit still, just keep an arm around them. I was totally happy with my 7 and 9 year old, they loved it. And thanks!


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