Fort Lauderdale Airboat Rides

Fort Lauderdale Airboat rides in the Florida Everglades offers private airboat tours leaving from western Fort Lauderdale. Our airboat rides are custom and done with traditional airboats .  Airboating in Florida is our passion therefore we enjoy showing visitors Florida Everglades. The everglades is a great way for friends and family to enjoy the outdoors. It has rich history and it is a great opportunity to enjoy the river of grass. Our airboat rides are private and custom just for you or your group. We depart daily by appointment and we are open year round except for Thanksgiving day and Christmas day.

 

When to book an Airboat Ride

Our airboat rides cover an area in Broward county known as the Loxahatchee preserve. The Everglades has different seasons and the best time of day to do an airboat ride in the summer is very early in the morning. The fall and winter airboat ride times can be pretty mush any time of day because of the cooler although it is best to check the weather. When booking an airboat ride with Fort Lauderdale airboat rides most importantly book in advance.

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16 Jul / 2018

Florida Panther

The Florida Panther

The Florida Panther is of the Puma subspecies which ranges from mountain lions, cougars, and more. This specific type of panther lives within the Everglades of Florida as well as the surrounding swamps. Panthers are liked because they keep the wild boar population in check, in fact so liked that they are the official state animal. Although popular now and better understood, there was a time in the past when settlers mistook the nature of the Florida Panther and hunted it to near extinction This made the panthers one of the most endangered mammals on Earth.

The Florida Panther is not only endangered by the hunting it endured in the past but also the constant draining and destruction of the Florida Everglades it calls home. A single male Panther requires at least 200 square miles to survive comfortably and properly. Habitats of the Panther is usually in a dry dense scrub, also where the panther kittens are born and raised for a short amount of time.  They are then raised to be more independent and eventually leave the mothers safety. Most cubs don’t make it, a litter consist of typically 1-4 cubs. The male Panther often avoids the females other than to breed, so the female panther does all the raising.

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21 Jun / 2018

Everglades Birds

Everglades Birds

The Everglades National Park holds more than 350 species of Everglades birds and there are many ways to identify them. Generally the birds of the glades can be placed into three different groups wading birds, land birds, and birds of prey. One of the most common kinds of Everglades birds you’ll come across is wading birds. Wading Birds all have longer legs for wading in the shallow warm waters to catch their food. The white Ibis is a beautiful and commonly found wading bird. The ibis dines mostly on crayfish while most wading birds just prefer fish. The  white white Ibis is identified by its long curved beak that it uses to probe the shallows and mud in search of crayfish.

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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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19 Mar / 2018

Airboat Rides

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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03 Feb / 2018

Spotting Alligators

 Spotting Alligators 

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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