26 Apr / 2018

Airboat Tours

Airboat tours of the everglades are the number one way to explore the world’s largest subtropical wilderness. Airboats skim across the water, bringing visitors up-close with Florida’s American alligators.  Everglades airboat tours is both exciting and Fun for the entire family.

Airboats  run smoothly over the sawgrass and it is a safe and smooth ride for all passengers and for all ages. Airboat tours at Fort lauderdale Airboat rides are safe for people of any age. Our airboats have all the safety equipment and are inspected daily.

Our Everglades airboat captains are United States Coast Guard Captain certified and have grown up in the Everglades. Not only are they certified but they are a family business that has been around for 33 years and grew up in the Everglades.

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Airboat rides of Fort lauderdale is proud to be the number one airboat ride company on Trip Advisor Fort lauderdale. Our company is family owned and operated and has been in business for over 33 years. We are true gladesman who love what we do and enjoy sharing that experience with visitors from all over the world.  Our family was doing airboat rides before airboating in Florida became popular back when there were only a few airboat tour companys in south Florida.

Captain Wayne Gilbert the founder of our company grew up in South Florida and started doing airboat tours at age 17. The love and passion for the Florida Everglades is what started the company back in 1980. Today with three locations and several boats it has become a family business with private airboat tours ranging from one hour to three hours. Our main Goal is to educate every visitor and at the same time make sure they have an enjoyable trip on there airboat ride in the Everglades.

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Airboat rides in Everglades


In the early 1900s, there were no airboat rides in the Everglades. The area that now lies between Fort Lauderdale  and Naples including  the National Park was considered a undesirable area.  The residents of south Florida and the first tycoons planned to develop the Everglades and commercialize it. Little did they know the most important factor of this Eco system was the water. This is what started the push for Its preservation, but that is another story.

The first so called airboat built outside of the United states was built by Alexander graham bell in 1905 in Canada it was called the ugly duckling. You can look at photos on line and you will see it was basically a pontoon boat with a propeller attached to it. It does not resemble the airboats that were developed in Florida. There is still debate today that Glen Curtis built the first actual airboat built for the swamps of Florida.

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Tips for Spotting Alligators during an airboat ride 

Tips for spotting Alligators during an airboat ride. Alligators are known to be able to blend in with the surrounding, this is why before going on a gator tour you should be aware of where to look so you can spot them with ease. People are often looking directly at an alligator without being aware of it, as they confuse their partially submerged body for a log.

Usually found in wetlands, near swampy shores and sawgrass marshlands, alligators prefer still water along with vegetation. They float in stagnant waters and therefore any lake, pond or swamp makes for a good home for wild alligators. Gator tours in Florida give you the opportunity to spot them safely.

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Everglades Tour from Fort Lauderdale

Port Everglades, the United States’ third busiest cruise port is in Fort Lauderdale. One of the most popular tours from Fort Lauderdale, FL is the Everglades tour. This exciting tour will take you into South Florida’s tropical wetlands that cover an area of 1.5 million acres with abundant flora and fauna and varied biodiversity.

The magnificent subtropical wilderness of Florida’s Everglades features several ecosystems, such as saw grass marshland, freshwater slough, mangrove, coastal lowland, tropical hammock, marl prairie, pineland, marine, cypress, and estuarine.

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An Airboat Ride From Fort Lauderdale

Planning an Airboat Ride in Fort Lauderdale Florida  can be made easier by doing some planning ahead of time. One of the most important things would be the weather, typically outdoor activities for residents of Florida are enjoyed more in the cooler months fall , winter, and spring. The best months for outdoor activities is October thru May. Although June and July are warmer it is not to bad. The hottest time of year is late July, August and September. So when planning an Airboat ride from Fort Lauderdale consider these weather factors when vacationing in Florida.

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