Frequently Asked Questions


Below are many of the questions we get from our guests before heading out on an airboat ride with The Everglades River of Grass Tour.  We hope this helps, but please don’t hesitate to give us a call or email us with any other questions you might have. 305-788-2418

*Current conditions in the Everglades ~ Updated 07/2021

It is SUMMER time in The Florida Everglades, also known as the “WET Season” and water levels are rising!  Wildlife viewing is good this time of year, but morning tours are recommended for the best viewing opportunities.  The flora is beautiful in the summer time and the temperatures are typically always HOT!  Mosquitoes are not bad on the airboat tours, but will be terrible in the wooded areas in case you visit the Everglades National Parks walking trails. 


The wet season in the Florida Everglades is May through October. Temperatures are typically hot and very humid, with a heat index often over 100*F.  Afternoon thunderstorms are typical, but often scattered and move quickly.  As water levels begin to rise from all the rain,  wildife viewing can be a bit more challenging on the airboat ride.  Animals will begin to disperse and many of our wading birds move north. The flora however, can be especially beautiful this time of year and the airboat trails that were once too low to travel open up for new adventure.  Mosquitoes are bad in most areas of the Everglades during the wet season, but NOT on our airboat tour with The River of Grass.  Since we travel in open sawgrass, mosquitoes are not a problem on our airboat ride.  But, be sure to bring bug spray along if you plan to venture off in other areas of the Everglades.  Light weight sun protected clothing is best in during the wet season.

Do you need to make a reservation?

Absolutely! Just give us a call or email, it’s really easy. Since we are a private tour company our calendar can fill up quickly. It is always best to book your private airboat tours Everglades River of Grass adventure ahead of time. You can however, still try to reserve your tour on the day you would like to go, we may have some openings. PLEASE NOTE ~ In order to provide you with the best quality of service, all River Of Grass Adventure tours are booked directly through us. We do not sell our tours to any other booking agents, groupons or other reservation companies.

What is The River Of Grass refund policy?
We provide a great FULL REFUND, if tour does not depart due to bad weather conditions, changes made within 12 hour from meeting time, or if tour is cancelled due to mechanical problems. We will not make you ride in the rain! If tour is rained out and you are able to reschedule for another day, we will do our best to fit you in on another River Of Grass adventure. Otherwise we will issue you a FULL REFUND.
What should we wear?
SUNGLASSES, SUNSCREEN, and a HAT are all very important! The Florida Everglades is warm to hot about 75% of the year. Light weight non breezy cloths are great. Bug spray is not typically need on our Airboat Rides, even in the Summer Time!  Sandal or sneakers are fine.  If it is cool out, it will be colder on the water or in the swamps so wear warm clothes! Layers are great! It’s always better to have more than less. What you might not want to wear you can put under the seats, we will have plenty of room.
How far is the Everglades River of Grass meeting location from Miami Beach?
The drive from Miami Beach to our Miami meeting location is approximately 25 miles and a 40 to 55 minute drive  (depending on traffic).
How far is the Everglades River of Grass meeting location from Miami International Airport?
The drive from MIA is pretty close to our Miami meeting location, about 16 miles and approximately a 20 to 30 minutes drive (depending on traffic).
What is the best way to get to The River of Grass meeting location and do you provide transportation?
Having your own car (rental car) is the best way to get to our airboat tour locations. However, a Taxi Cab and Uber are also good ways to arrive to our meeting location. Depending on your group size, we can typically get you to our tour launch area then back to the Pilot travel Center for pickup.  Otherwise, you will need to have your UBER or TAXI follow us to the boat launch area.  If you allow locations on your UBER app, they can typically pick you up from the tour site without using an address (our boat launch sites do not have a physical address, unlike our meeting location at Dade Corners/Pilot Travel Center) Please call us with any questions or concerns regarding transportation to and from our Meeting Location area!
What is the Pilot Travel Center and how far is the departure point from here?
The Pilot Travel Center (aka Dade Corners) is a great meeting location for all people visiting the Everglades. It is a well run Shell Gas Service Station with a friendly staff, a Subway sandwich shop inside, and clean restrooms. They have really interesting novelty gifts and souvenirs along with lots of cool items you might need on any Everglades adventure, from fishing to camping to heading out on a great airboat adventure. There are a few tour companies that meet here so be sure to ask for THE RIVER OF GRASS. Depending on the River of Grass adventure, most of our tours are within 3 to 10 minutes away which you will follow us to from Dade Corners, Pilot Travel Center 17696 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL 33194. If we are not there when you arrive, just give us a call, we are only a few minutes away 305-788-2418.
Will I get bit by mosquitos?
Everyone comes to the Everglades armed with mosquito repellent at hand, right? Well depending on when you will be visiting, you typically won’t need it, especially if  you’re just taking an airboat ride with The River of Grass. During the summer time, right before daylight or dusk you may find them buzzin’ at our departure location.  They will be bad in the Everglades National Park walking trails or any of the back country wooded areas, so wear proper clothing and bring repellant.  But during the winter you might not see any mosquitos in the Everglades.  The River of Grass airboat adventures are in the open sawgrass areas and really don’t have problems anytime of the year with mosquitos, honestly.
Is there any age limits for the airboat adventures?
NOPE! We have had babies to 90 year old folks on our air boat adventures! Children under 5 are not recommended on the “SEMI PRIVATE” airboat adventures  (just in case they are not happy). We recommend taking children under 5 on a Private tour, all children under 5 always ride for FREE!
Will we see Alligators?
It would be very unusual to not see an alligator on one of our sightseeing airboat adventures. However, since this is wildlife and tours take place in nature, not a roadside attraction…we can not guarantee alligators will be seen. We can guarantee a beautiful scenery and thrilling ride through the Everglades. We can also offer you tickets to some of the roadside attractions wildlife shows if that’s something you think you might enjoy. We want your experience in the Everglades to be terrific, guaranteed!​
What is the best time to take an airboat tour during the SUMMER or Wet Season in the Everglades?
Summer time is HOT in the Florida Everglades and rain is typically alway in the forecast.  It will be raining “somewhere” in south Florida typically anytime throughout the day.  Afternoon showers seem to be most popular in the Everglades, however, “Mother Nature” is difficult to predict.  We recommend morning or late afternoon trips for temperature comfort as well as better wildlife viewing opportunities.  Mid day tours can still be booked and are great for riding throughout the area (most interested in a fun airboat ride), stops for wildlife viewing however, will be shortened due to the heat.
What happens if it is raining?
It is typical for rain to be in the forecast everyday during the Summer Time. It doesn’t mean it will be raining where we tour at the time our your tour, so still come!  Tours do not depart in extreme rain or lightning, however, we will depart in a light rain IF YOU WANT TO!  We don’t make anyone go out in bad weather and we do provide a FULL REFUND if you are unable to reschedule.  It is possible rain happens while on your tour, not to worry, we have raincoats for you!​
Does wildlife viewing change throughout the year? {Dry Season}
The Everglades has only 2 seasons, yep, not Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall! Just the Wet Season and the Dry Season. During the Dry Season in the Everglades, our typical daily rain fall begin to slow and each day water levels begin to drop. This can be a great time to see wildlife on a private airboat tours Everglades! Since water will dry up in many of the areas throughout the Everglades, most of the animals will be near the remaining bodies of water. Wading birds will enjoy easy picking for their nesting babies, and alligators won’t be able to swim freely throughout the “river of grass” since most of it will be prairies of yellowing grass. It is not uncommon to see many many alligators during this time in canals and the remaining ponds of water! Of course, when the rainy season begins (typically around mid May through November) this is a GREAT time of year for the parched Everglades! Water levels begin to rise, filling up the cypress domes and swamps, the fresh water marsh lands and sloughs and the wildlife can begin to spread out. The grass begins to turn green again and all is happy and cooler!!
Is there more than one meeting location?
Yes, we have several meeting locations for our private airboat tours Everglades River Of Grass.  When water levels are not good for air boating we will sometimes be able to move to a different location.  You will be notified in advance if the meeting location needs to be changed.  If you are unable to meet us at any of our alternate locations a FULL REFUND will be issued to you.
What are the River of Grass Adventures hours of operation?
We run our private Everglades airboat tours and Everglades day tours 7 days a week from sunrise to sunset, subject to weather and water conditions.  Just let us know your desired time and day, we will try to accommodate your request.  We do not offer tours on Christmas or Thanksgiving Day.  All phone calls, voice messages and emails are accepted daily.  We’ll get back with you within 24 hours, likely sooner. Hope to see you later alligator!

November through April is the Dry Season in the Florida Everglades, temperatures are typically cooler and water levels begin to drop.  Typically rain is much less than during fall and winter and water levels will start to drop. Mosquitos can be bad year round in the Everglades, but NOT on a The River Of Grass airboat tour, since we travel in open grasslands and not dense wooded areas. If you plan to visit the Everglades National Parks back country and or walking trails before or after your Everglades Airboat ride with us, we do recommend bringing along repellant and proper clothing. As water levels decrease, wildlife becomes more abundant. Wading birds like egrets, herrons, spoonbills and woodstorks will soon have great opportunities for fishing and feasting. Alligators will often be seen in congregations basking in the afternoon sun.  Morning tours and late afternoons can be cold in the Everglades, be sure to bring along layers and or a jacket (you’ll likely be shedding them mid afternoon).  The flora can be spectacular during the dry season and dragonfly of many colors are everywhere ~ *Dragonflies are some of the best predators at keeping mosquito populations low, we  love the dragonflies !


“Whoever wants me to talk, I’ll come over and tell them about the necessity of preserving the Everglades.”

– Marjory Stoneman Douglas    1890 – 1998