What makes our tours outstanding?
Our tours are personal and privately narrated with no more than seven of your family members or close friends! (They`re not just another boat ride down the middle of the river with a bunch of strangers!) All of our Captains grew up on the local marshes and wetlands and will take you on a TOUR of Florida`s real outback. We stop along your TOUR to tell you about the history of the river, the Florida alligators life cycle, their mating rituals, how we hunt them, the different birds on the marsh and to take pictures of the wildlife and of your group with a swampy background! We do the cheapest 30 minute "boat rides" on the Spacecoast but our specialty is small personal and privately narrated TOURS catered to your specific desires from one to four hours. We provide hearing protection, water, and a camera (in case you forget yours).
Is there a guarantee we'll see alligators?
We cannot guarantee you that you will see alligators during your airboat tour but we can guarantee you that we will make every effort possible to show you alligators. Our Airboat captains have many years of experience and normally know where to go to find them, but since alligators roam the wild each tour is unpredictable and unique. It is very unusual not to see alligators on our tours but sometimes we see more than others.
When is the best time of year to take an Airboat Tour?
Anytime of the year is a great time to take an airboat tour in Central Florida! The Spring is incredible with all of the trees and plants blooming (adding vibrant colors to the already phenomenal landscape) and the alligators sounding off and displaying their mating rituals. Summertime is warm and humid which brings the alligators out early in the morning and late in the evening along with the Great Blue Herring and the beautiful White Egrets. Fall is spectacular with very pleasant weather with cool mornings and evenings and an abundance of animals and beautiful foliage. Florida`s mild winters are a great time of year as well bringing out the fur-bearing (fuzzy) animals, like deer, otters and the migratory birds. Being cold blooded, the alligators stay in the water on the bottom as long as the water is warmer than the air but as soon as the sun comes up and the air temperature gets warmer than the water temperature they begin to crawl out on the banks to warm their bodies. This is the best time of the year to get up close for some great pictures of the gators on the bank as they are somewhat lathargic. The mornings and evenings can be a bit chilly so midday tours are a bit more comfortable and the gators are up on the banks warming up!
Are mosquitoes a problem in the swamp?
No, not really. Normally, at dawn, the mosquitos find a place to hide in the foliage and they stay there until dusk. As long as the airboat motor is running the propeller moves enough air to keep them at bay. However, it is recommended that you take precautionary measures by applying mosquito repellent as necessary.
How old do you have to be to ride on the tours?
All ages are welcome on our tours as we do not have a minimum age or height requirement. (However, children under 4 years of age are sometimes bothered by the noise.) We really enjoy having the children and taking pictures of them in the drivers seat with Capt. Mikes hat! Seniors also enjoy our tours as the boat is easy to board, very stable and dry.
Will I get wet?
You might get an occassional light spray.
What should I bring?
Sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat or cap if you desire, bottled water, camera, a light jacket or windbreaker it the temperature is below 75 degrees.
Where do we go?
We usually tour to the north end of the lake (where we often see gators lounging on the surface) into the airboat trails, then we slide up and over the airboat ramp at the damn on the north end of the lake and up the winding river a couple of miles. We work our way back south through the marsh and river, down the airboat trails on the west side of the lake and back across the lake.
We stop along your tour to share pictures and information with you regarding: the mating rituals and life cycle of alligators; different kinds of birds, wildlife, plants and fish on the river; and on the 90 minute and longer tours we demonstrate the equipment and techniques used in hunting alligators. We also stop several times during your tour to take pictures of your group from inside and outside the boat!