I did a lot of research to find an airboat ride that was not 'touristy' for myself and my teenaged son. Found such great reviews of this one that I opted to go for the 1 1/2 hour private tour which was phenomenal. It was the smaller boat which wasn't too noisy (we didn't use the ear muffs or ear plugs) and it was fast and fun. Our captain, Bill, was just great. Really knowledgeable and made sure we saw lots of gators (including Nasty) as well as gorgeous birds and flowers. We even found a nest with blue heron eggs in it! We got caught in a brief rainstorm at one point which was a bit painful, but it passed and we were once again in the sunshine. We did the tour at 4pm which was a perfect time of day.
As others have noted, be SURE to wear sunglasses. Lots of stuff flies at you and you'd be pretty miserable without them.
Oh, and we opted to be picked up at our hotel (the Hyatt in Coral Gables) and our driver, Perry, could not have been nicer.
All in all, these guys made our last day in the Miami area very special!!!
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