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Experience an adventure of a lifetime riding through old world Florida forest or blasting up the Peace River in an airboat with us today!
We offer various modes of fossil hunting using both airboats and swamp buggies, as well as other methods such as by van and/or by foot. These vary by availability. See below for current offerings.
Tours are weather permitting. We will confirm 24 hours prior to ensure you get the best possible experience.
These weekend tours begin at 9am and run on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Enjoy a swamp buggy ride to a preselected secluded creek dig site, a fossil dig, and a ride back on the buggy at the conclusion. Recommended for those more physically able as light hiking and traversing is required, as well as wading/digging in the water.
There is a minimum of 3 people, with a maximum of 5 people. We also have an option for a second buggy which will situate 5 more guests, but these are not guaranteed.
Our most popular fossil service! Enjoy a ride to the fossil grounds in style on our airboats. Peace River fossils are world class and our grounds consistently put out amazing finds season after season. Dock to dock time 10am to 3pm. This is a family friendly adventure that is water based/wading required.
Minimum of 5 people with maximum of 18 people.
We also offer private airboat tours. Please scroll down for more.
These are 4 hour tours from 9 am to 1 pm. All fossil hunting equipment is included. Variable walk in points to DeSoto County creeks and rivers, digging in various locations. A great alternative for a shorter, economical fossiling adventure!
Fossil Recovery Exploration offers this truly unique and legendary two day fossil hunting adventure only a few times a year.
Experience old world Florida wilderness Fossil hunting, combining an airboat ride to multiple locations, or, even an airboat/swamp buggy combo (will be announced prior), along with camping, dinner, live fireside Blues music, and more to make for a once in a lifetime experience!
This special event is weather permitting.
Our newest addition to FRE offerings, and proving to be a crowd favorite in the process! This includes one of the longest airboat rides in FL to our secret location on the Peace River which has been putting out some of the best finds of recent times for us! Finding mammoth teeth, large mammal fossils and of course lots of large shark teeth (yes, and megs) is not uncommon and this is your best get at finding the good stuff! This tour runs from 9am to 3pm and is only available at select times.
Our dry dig allows you to dig fossils as they lay naturally in the fossil layer via shovel and sifter. It's the most honest fossil hunting you can find!
Offered every Wednesday during the dry season/more frequently in summer, we include all equipment & transportation to the site. Enjoy a short van ride through beautiful Florida backcountry and see native wildlife, plants and mind bending scenery on the way in. It runs 830 to 1230. The FIRST and ONLY raw land site fossil layer dig in Florida!
Enjoy our Ice Age intensive river fossil dig and airboat ride combined w/a little bit more learning and fun on the airboat! After our mammal/reptile heavy 'boneshelf' river dig, enjoy an extended airboat ride covering miles of pristine Peace River shoreline, learn about the history, see wildlife and enjoy some extra splash and turns on the airboat ride in the process. Mammoth finds here!
NOTE ***This is not a shark tooth intensive dig but some monster sharks teeth do occasionally surface here***
We Offer It All!
Home schooling group rates cater to your children of all ages. We can tailor these based on group size/age and needs. All are welcome...we can handle ANY group size!
Special rate (sliding scale based on experience/group size) includes 2 hour fossil hunting with all equipment provided, preceded by a children's educational presentation and fossil display and a detailed ID session post hunt.
Celebrate your special event with a private group fossil hunting tour with rates listed below, or, if groups are larger than our parameters for a Private Tour, on a sliding scale. Of course, all equipment provided. These can be fully customized to experience, needs and times.
SWAMP BUGGY PRIVATE TOURS
We offer Swamp Buggy private tours from Monday to Thursday. These tours are special order and would be an intimate experience that would consist of just your group and the guide, with no other guests on the excursion. Each purchase of a private tour comes with a tailored, personalized dig experience side-by-side with your guide, as well as a one on one, after-tour educational identification of your finds in full focus, a perk not available on our main weekend public excursions when multiple parties must be attended to.
We have a maximum of 5 people for these trips. Depending on availability, we may be able to fossil hunt for up to 6 hours vs the public time of 4 hours.
The cost for the Swamp Buggy Private Experience is 800$.
Please allow 48 hours before booking to ensure availability.
AIRBOAT PRIVATE TOURS
We offer Airboat Private Tours as well, with three options based on availabiity and party size. These tours are special order and would be an intimate experience that would consist of just your group and the guide, with no other guests on the excursion. As with the swamp buggy, each purchase of a private tour comes with a personalized dig experience with your guide solely focused on you and yours, and of course a one on one, after-tour educational identification of your finds. These carry a focus not available on our main weekend public excursions, when attention is needed due to multiple parties.
We have a max of 9 people for these trips. Rates are as follows:
A small airboat (up to five guests) would be 1100$.
An medium airboat (up to 7 guests) would be 1350$.
A large airboat (up to 9 guests) would be 1650$.
PREMIUM PRIVATE DIGS ALSO AVAILABLE AT A FLAT RATE OF 2000$ FOR UP TO 7 GUESTS! Message us for more details.
We can accommodate more than 10 guests, please contact us for large group/customized rates for Private Tours.
Only one type of boat may be used at a time for these trips.
Please allow 48 hours before booking to ensure availability here as well.
In the state of Florida, when keeping shark teeth, you do NOT need a fossil permit at all. BUT, if you wish to keep any vertebrate fossils, as in reptile, mammal, fish (not shark), or bird fossils, we encourage you to buy a permit prior to your tour with us.
Starting January of 2024, we request (but will not require) that guests wishing to keep these vertebrate fossils should buy one. They are easy to use, cheap ( only 5$), and can be found here:
Please note that the law states that any vertebrate fossils kept that equal the volume of less than a gallon bucket from a single dig need not be reported unless deemed significant. For the most part, this means that most of our customer's final hauls will fall outside the necessity of having a permit, although we of course urge obtaining one as it provides the state program with support.
In addition, until January, you will be covered under our multi user permits when on tour, so don't worry! See more on the FMNH website link above. Thanks!