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“Do your home work”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Gator Park

Gator Park
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Owner description: Come visit us deep in the Everglades! At Gator Park you will see all sorts of wildlife as you take an Airboat Ride into the Everglades National Park!
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Cheshire
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“Do your home work”
Reviewed 27 January 2009

Gator Park is situated on the eastern edge of the Everglades on SR 41 which runs between Miami and Naples. There are several similar places nearby and many others offering airboat rides all along this road. We chose this one because it was advertised and we had coupons reducing our admission to $18.

The highlight was the airboat ride. This was on a largish airboat with about five rows of seats all at the same level so it would be best to be in the front row for the best experience. As explained by others, the beginning and end is through a narrow channel at slow speed looking out for wildlife, mainly alligators of the 6-8 feet variety. Once in the open the thrill part of the ride starts, speeding across the water and grass.

Back at the start point there is then a short show which in our case consisted of a presenter displaying up close a baby alligator and then a slightly larger one with its mouth taped up. It is possible to hold the larger one and have your photo taken with it ($2 if you use your own camera, $5 if their's). The presenter then gets in with a very docile larger alligator to demonstrate a few things like its jaw reflex action.

There are more alligators in pens and some snakes to look at. A souvenir shop and eating area are also to be found although it does not look like much of the profits have been spent on it lately.

The staff actively solicit tips so have some dollar bills handy.

I found this a fairly average experience. As there is plenty of wildlife to see in the National Park then it's the airboat ride that is of the main interest. I would recommend that you do your homework first to find out what others think. The smaller the airboat the more exciting it is but generally more costly.

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Tennessee
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“A good Everglades experience”
Reviewed 26 August 2008

I've taken many groups to Gator Park and it's a very good Everglades experience. Everyone seems to have enjoyed it. The airboat guides are informative and fun and the wildlife show is a lot of fun too. The restaurant offers the opportunity to try Gator Tail and they do a good job of preparing it. The gift shop is typical or what you would find in the area with a mix of Native American items (not necessirily locally made) and gifts from the Everglades. They have an adequate number of restrooms and reasonable prices. Just the drive to the park offers many sightings of gators. The management is easy to work with and I will continue to take my groups there any time I'm in the Miami area.

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kingston, ny
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“Gator Park is Fun!”
Reviewed 25 September 2007

I really liked the airboat tour of the swamps and seeing the alligators, iguana, turtles and birds in a natural habitat.

The tour guides are characters! They also have no problem letting everyone know that tipping is expected and appreciated.


I did agree with the conservation theme that Gator Park employees sressed during their presentations. Overall, the tour of nature on the airboat was informative, but if you are expecting a thrill ride you will be disappointed.

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Philadelphia, PA
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“Pick another airboat operator”
Reviewed 4 January 2007

I pretty much agree with everything said by the previous poster. Disappointing because the place gets a very good review from the 2007 Frommer's Guide.

The airboat ride was short and dull. No effort was made to spot anything interesting after we left the canal.

I actually enjoyed the show a bit more because the presenter was a good showman. It seemed very touristy though -- geared for the tour bus crowd (which was most of the audience), and not for folks (like myself) more used to a National Park Service wildlife talk.

What was very annoying at both events were the near desperate and repeated plea for tips.

If you do go, you can find a 2 for 1 coupon on the web for early arrivals before 10 am. I'd definitely use the coupon, since it's the only way you might feel you got your money's worth from this operator.

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wgc
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“Airboat ride Ok, but that's about all”
Reviewed 4 March 2006

We visited the website and bought our tickets online.

The website led us to believe there was so much to do at the park. This isn't the case. the property itself is quite small and so there is a limite amount that can be laid on.

There is a restaurant, which we didn't use, and a shop. Apart from that there is the airboat ride, which last around 20 minutes, taking a slow ride down the canal where the tour guide points out the 'gators. From here you rush through the grasslands (using the earplugs you are provided with)coming to an open area where he stops for a short while, and then its back to the park.

Its a good taster for air boat rides but you don't see a lot, and if this is what you want it may be better to look for a company specialising in this.

Once back at the park there was a wildlife show which was very amateurish, and showed you a skunk, toad and 'gator etc. From here you could stroll around the remaining grounds and see peacocks, tortoises and 'gators.

I think once would be enough for anyone.

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