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Coopertown Airboat Rides

Miami, FL
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Coopertown Airboat Rides, Miami FL

Description

Coopertown Airboat Rides is a quirky Everglades tour! You know it's going to be interesting when it says on the sign "Coopertown, pop. 8." The man who owns the operation lives in the house at the front, and he used to have a family of eight until the kids grew up. After learning about Trapper Nelson, at Jonathon Dickinson Park, we felt like we were in a modern-day trapper's realm. Things are really authentic, like the toilet that you're advised not to flush paper down! It's amazing how this little house is directly on the water, amongst the mangroves. And there are plenty of alligators and snakes in cages in the back. While you wait for your tour, one of the guides will show you the animals and let you touch them. The guide who showed us truly had a love of snakes.
It took a little longer than 15 minutes (as we'd been told) for us to depart. But hey, this is Southern time. Got to get in the spirit of things here! Our guide was a weathered and friendly man. He started out telling us he's the tour guide, not the captain, because he doesn't stay until the end should the boat go down!!
Our guide tried his utmost to make sure we saw alligators, and we did! Four of them in all. All of them came close to the boat, which was exciting. You're more likely to see alligators when it's warm, sunny, and not windy. It was not sunny on the day we went but we saw them anyway!
It is super fun to take an air boat ride! Both the airboat's smooth, fast movement, and seeing wildlife, are a real treat! It's also interesting to learn about the area from the guide's commentary.
After our 45 minute tour, our guide let us hold a two-year-old alligator. This was a highlight for my teenage son!
Coopertown Airboat Rides is the location of television and fashion photo shoots for magazines like Vogue and Cosmopolitan. When we were there, a European fashion magazine was doing a shoot!

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The airboat and the gorgeous scenery.
The airboat and the gorgeous scenery.
A butterfly on a flower.
A butterfly on a flower.
The sign on the road.
The sign on the road.
The delightful waterway as you head out on the ride.
The delightful waterway as you head out on the ride.
The sawgrass scenery.
The sawgrass scenery.
An alligator.
An alligator.
Alligator cruising along.
Alligator cruising along.
You can hold a two-year-old alligator.
You can hold a two-year-old alligator.
 

Directions

Cost is $22 for adults, and $11 for children aged 3-7. Children under 7 are free.
Coopertown Airboat Rides are located at 22700 Southwest 8th Street, Miami, FL, call (305) 226-6048.
From the Florida Turnpike, take Hwy 41 (Tamiami Trail) west for 11 miles and you will see the sign on your left.

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Last Updated Mon, 20 Jan 2014 20:38:42 GMT