Touring the Everglades by airboat is one of the best ways to see the largest subtropical wilderness in the US. Half-day tours and full-day trips combining other nearby sites are available from several cities in south Florida. Here's what to know.
- You’ll spot wildlife such as alligators, fish, turtles, manatees, dolphins, and wading birds from the airboat.
- Choose a tour that allows for time to watch manatees at play in Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park and then observe a manatee-feeding session.
- It’s possible to get out of the boat and stroll along a jungle walking trail.
- Some tours offer the chance to to learn about alligators during a live show and demonstration.
- Combine an airboat safari with a visit to the Kennedy Space Center and tour NASA’s launch headquarters.
- Kick off a day-long tour with a tour of Miami and cruise on Biscayne Bay before heading to the Everglades for your airboat safari.
Things to Know
- Wear insect repellent and plenty of sunscreen. The mosquitoes tend to stay away while the boat’s moving, but they will find you when it stops.
- Airboats sit low in the water, so it's possible that you may get wet—dress accordingly.
- Depending on the tour, hotel pickup and drop-off may be available for Miami, Miami Beach, Naples, Orlando, Fort Myers, or Fort Lauderdale. Confirm departure points before booking.
- Half-day tours typically run two to six hours, while full-day tours last from nine to 12 hours.