Contrary to popular belief, boats are actually much safer than cars, which inexplicably sink every time you drive them on water. Take a proper water-road ride with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
$20 for an airboat tour and wildlife-exhibit package for two (a $41 total value)
- 30-minute, daytime airboat tour of the Everglades for two, including protective ear plugs (a $19.50 value/person)
- Two passes to all three wildlife-exhibit areas (a $1 value/person)
$40 for the Gator Nights tour for two (up to an $80 value)
- One-hour, nighttime tour of the Everglades for two, including protective ear plugs
- Held at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays
- Kids under the age of four ride for free
Sawgrass Recreation Park
Laced with the scent of sulfur and the sounds of water churned by unseen forces, the thick air that hangs above the Everglades whispers the rhythms of gator country. The murky water—obscured further by curtains of cattails and floating lily pads—defies human incursion, its protective spells demystified only by the airboat captains of Sawgrass Recreation Park, who gamely shuttle laypersons through the swamp in tours by day and night. While gliding across the shallows at speeds of up to 35 miles per hour, guides halt the propellers of their enormous fans to point out wildlife—which include alligators and various waterfowl—and impart nuggets of history from the days when the Seminole and panther once shared their claim over the terrain. As a part of a conservationist group's effort to educate the public about ongoing rescue efforts in the Everglades, the exotic-wildlife exhibit brings guests face to face with the swamp's most majestic rarities, including black leopards and Florida panthers. In the park's reptile exhibit, dozens of scaly creatures count among them a 1,000-pound alligator named Cannibal, and guests can cradle prehistoric cuties in the Hold a Baby Alligator experience. The swamp-yard-animals exhibit encourages guests to meet or catch a glimpse of pigs, bunnies, and ducks, letting guests establish a deeper bond with the denizens of the swamp.