Bodies of water are frequent metaphors in poetry, due to their unfathomable depths, unknowable sprawl, and unattainable porpoises. Set sail into the enigma with today's Groupon: for $11, you get an Everglades airboat tour at Coopertown Airboat Tours (up to a $22 value), located on Route 41. For ages 7 to 11, tickets can be bought for $11 directly from Coopertown, or with a Coopertown coupon for $10. Children 6 and younger are always free.
Recommended by Frommer's and featured in the Orlando Sentinel, Coopertown educates and exhilarates outdoors aficionados with the sights and sounds of the illustrious Everglades. Airboats carrying 12 to 25 wetland wayfarers traverse over nine miles of wondrous natural setting as a trained Everglades guru dishes educational facts and steers toward exciting views and vistas. Roaming through the plains of sawgrass into the Everglades National Park, visitors can view distinctive Floridian wildlife, including the purple gallinule and endangered Everglade snail kite, as well as herons, alligators, beat-poet-slamming kangaroos, and turtles.
Upon triumphant returns from the marshy magnificence, participants can browse Coopertown's intriguing alligator exhibit and snack on frog legs and catfish at the on-site restaurant. Boats run every 20 minutes and reservations aren't required, but visitors are encouraged to call to inquire about availability.
Though Coopertown Airboat Tours sometimes features discounted prices online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
- The original air boat tours show visitors alligators in their natural habitat. The rides are smooth, not bumpy or splashy as some would expect, almost as if you were gliding on 12 inches of water. While on the ride you will catch hints of different aromas: sweetness from the basil trees, a soft grass smell from the freshwater river. – Suzette Laboy, Orlando Sentinel
Coopertown Airboat Tours
Back in 1945, Coopertown Airboat Tours was founded on frog legs. When John Cooper would take his airboat out frogging in the Everglades, observers often asked for rides in the unique machine. The demand became so great that he built a passenger airboat—and today, the company has a fleet of seven. Coopertown itself has a population of only 8, and is a largely wild slice of land on the edge of the Everglades, making the popular airboat tours a main source of traffic. That's been fueled partly by attention from sources such as the Miami Herald, which has recommended it as a top winter attraction.
The airboats that depart from Coopertown head deep into the wetlands, where sawgrass covers the water and gators are plentiful. Guides point out a wide variety of wildlife, ranging from herons and turtles to endangered species such as the snail kite. For a more intimate encounter with nature, they also run private tours, voyaging into areas that are only accessible by smaller airboats. Tours typically culminate by the Coopertown restaurant and gift shop. There, guests can snack on the frog legs that started it all, or sample other swampland delights including gator-tail nuggets and catfish.
22700 SW 8th St.
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