5 of the Best Everglades Airboat Tours from Orlando

by Cedric Pentonville  |  Published February 12, 2021

While Orlando is too far from Everglades National Park to conveniently visit in a day, the sprawling network of lakes, swamps and waterways span much further north, surrounding the city, particularly to the south and east. This natural habitat is the perfect place to get closer to nature. Everglade swamps, as it may not surprise you to hear, are not very human friendly. After all, they’re packed with insects and alligators and lots of water. But never fear, human ingenuity has brought us the airboat, meaning you can simply glide over it all and access those hard to reach recesses of the natural world with the minimum of effort.

Specialized airboat tours from Orlando are an excellent way to leave the trappings of the city behind and get a little closer to the nature of the Everglades. The nearby cities of Kissimmee and St Cloud are gateways to these wetlands, while some airboat tours also organize hotel pickup and drop off from Orlando. Here are five of the best Everglades airboat tours from Orlando and its satellite cities. In compiling this list we have paid close attention to things like the price, duration, quality of the guides and of course the feedback from previous guests.