Having always wanted to experience the Everglades we decided to do an airboat tour. With so many companies to choose from it was overwhelming sifting through all the mixed reviews of different tour operators. In the end we went with the lonely planet's recommendation of Coopertown Airboats. This turned out to be the absolutely right choice.
We opted for the private tour for the 5 of us, this was $50 per person. The group tour is $23 but covers half the ground and goes at half the speed. I would definitely recommend going for the 1 hour private tour.
Our tour guide was Robert (there are 2 Roberts at the park, but I was told that he was the older of the two). He was fantastic, so informative, but not overbearing or arrogant. He made the tour very relaxed and was more than happy to stop and point things out.
We saw around 10 alligators on the tour and some were swimming right next to our boat. The everglades are absolutely spectacular, very breathtaking and beautiful.
As part of the experience we got a presentation, where we were treated to many stories and an up close and personal with baby gators, snakes and turtles. We also got to see some rather large alligators.
If you are visiting the everglades this is the tour to choose!
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