Sawgrass Recreation Park

#8 in Best Things To Do in Fort Lauderdale
Sawgrass Recreation Park picture
Sawgrass Recreation Park
1 of 3
Jaimie Tuchman/iStock / Getty Images

Key Info

1006 U.S. Highway 27

Details

Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Sightseeing, Tours Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.9scorecard
  • 4.0Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Take an airboat tour of the Florida Everglades at Sawgrass Recreation Park and prepare to be amazed (or scared) by the close-up vistas of alligators and other creatures. You can even reserve an airboat tour for nighttime runs to see nocturnal animals in their natural state. Or, arrange for a private tour, which is twice as long as the standard 30-minute ride.

Past travelers raved about their airboat rides at Sawgrass Recreation Park. In fact, many were surprised at how close they were able to get to the gators and found their tour guides to be knowledgeable and entertaining. The only thing that made some visitors uncomfortable (aside from being an arm's-length away from wild gators) was the small, dirty cages in which the attraction's animals reside. 

Tours start at 9:30 a.m. each day, with the final boat tour at 5 p.m. Along with the ride, admission to the park also gives you the opportunity to explore various wildlife exhibits, including those inhabited by reptiles and other exotic creatures. Admission costs $22.95 for adults and $12.95 for children ages 4 to 12; children 3 and younger get in for free. Private excursions range from $250 to $500, while nighttime rides cost $20 or $40 per person. On-site amenities include a complimentary parking lot, a photo booth, a grill, two gift shops and a pavilion with picnic tables. The park sits about 25 miles west of Fort Lauderdale in Weston. For more information, visit Sawgrass Recreation Park's website.

See all Hotels in Fort Lauderdale »

More Best Things To Do in Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale Beach
Fort Lauderdale Beach Park
Type
Time to Spend
1 of 12
#1 Fort Lauderdale Beach

Want a beautiful Florida beach without a crazy party scene? Fort Lauderdale Beach may be just what you're looking for. Here you'll find a calmer and less chaotic version of Miami Beach – but with the same sugary sands and crystal clear water. There are still parties, but you're more likely to find families relaxing or leisurely walking the waterline than raucous groups of college kids. Backing the shoreline, the palm tree-lined promenade bustles with visitors looking to shop and dine in the many establishments along it. There are also beach chair and water sports equipment rentals near the shore. 

Recent visitors loved Fort Lauderdale Beach for its wide, expansive shoreline, with some noting that even when there were a lot of people, it didn't feel crowded. Many were also impressed with how clean the beach is, adding that its calm waters make it a great place to bring kids.

Read more
Philipp Walter / EyeEm/Getty Images
See full list of Best Things To Do in Fort Lauderdale »

Explore More of Fort Lauderdale

Recommended

The 5 Best Kauai Helicopter Tours

See the Garden Island's far-reaching beauty from the air.

Holly JohnsonJune 14, 2019

The 6 Best Las Vegas Helicopter Tours

Get a thrilling look at the lights and sights of Sin City and its surroundings with one of these tours.

Holly JohnsonJune 13, 2019

20 Road Trip Essentials for Your Vacation

These road trip must-haves can help you save money, travel more comfortably and ensure you stay safe on the open road.

Holly JohnsonJune 13, 2019

13 Top Charlottesville Wineries to Visit

Sip a glass of Virginia's signature viognier as the sun sets over the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Gwen PratesiJune 12, 2019

The 16 Best Seattle Tours

Explore the Emerald City's natural beauty and urban offerings with these guided excursions.

Lyn MettlerJune 12, 2019

The 24 Best London Tours

Whether it's your first time in London or you're a repeat visitor, you'll experience a side of the city you've never seen with these tours.

Kim Foley MacKinnonJune 6, 2019

The 21 Best Paris Tours

Enhance your visit to the City of Love with one of these top tours.

Claire LawtonJune 5, 2019

The 20 Best New York City Tours

These guided tours help make the most of your time in the Big Apple.

John RodwanJune 4, 2019

The 24 Best Rome Tours

Enjoy the efficiency of an organized tour led by experts who bring Rome's history to life.

Kyle McCarthyMay 31, 2019

The 8 Best Savannah Ghost Tours

Prove you're not afraid of the dark by taking one of these terrifying tours.

Gwen PratesiMay 31, 2019