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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?

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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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Wednesday 26th of February 2020

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.

Alyson for World Travel Family

Wednesday 26th of February 2020

No but that sounds fun. Next time we 're in Florida

Gabi @The Nomadic Family

Wednesday 28th of May 2014

oh looks unreal alyson. heidi- you swam with a manatee. oh, they are so adorable!


Tuesday 20th of May 2014

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!!

Heidi (@WagonersAbroad)

Saturday 17th of May 2014

I am so glad you guys did this. We had a blast doing that a few years ago, when we went swimming with the manatee too. Fun!

Maria B

Friday 16th of May 2014

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?


Saturday 17th of May 2014

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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