Sawgrass Recreation Park was previously a fishing camp. Over the next 30 years it transformed from a fishing camp, into a one boat airboat attraction in the 1970’s and finally became one of South Florida’s top destinations for visitors in the new millennium. In 2005, shortly after Hurricane Wilma hit, the Soverns’ family acquired Sawgrass Recreation Park.
Since then, the park has expanded the exhibit areas to allow for the adoption and rescue of more reptiles and mammals. Sawgrass has also expanded community relations, offering an annual scholarship to a local student, and forging partnerships with local schools to educate students about the Florida Everglades.
More Information on Sawgrass
Recently the attraction has focused on ways to implement eco initiatives in all aspects of the operation. New habitats are underway in the exhibit areas to accommodate the growing numbers of rescued reptiles. The family’s philosophy is not only to make each visitor’s experience a meaningful one, but also to educate the public on how fragile and important it is to preserve and protect our beautiful Everglades. Our green initiatives and dedication to our animals speaks volumes about our family’s quest to leave this world better than we found it. Thank you for taking the time to include our park in your adventures!
Good To Know
- Our boats leave every 20 minutes from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. A final boat leaves at 5:00 but we recommend our guests are here no later than 4:00 because our animal exhibits close at 5:00 when the last boat boards.
- Our boats ride smoothly and a pregnant woman can go on our boats.
- Any age child can enjoy an airboat ride. We advise parents that our boats are very noisy and we provide ear protection for everyone riding. Some children are more sensitive to loud noise than others. Earplugs are available on site and are recommended. All children ages 6 and under must wear a life jacket which we will provide.
- We have transcripts of our captains’ general speeches in several languages. Request one when you buy a ticket to share with your foreign guests.
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