For those who live in Florida or have experienced airboat rides before, it may not seem too unusual. But if you’re visiting on vacation, speeding your way across the water in a boat with a massive propeller mounted on the back is an unforgettable thrill. Taking an airboat tour that carves up narrow waterways and shows you Florida’s natural wildlife is a must if you want the full Florida experience.
Airboats are incredible vehicles that are able to navigate areas that traditional boats could never dream of going. The lack of an underwater propeller means that your pilot can race through the narrow Florida waterways without fear of getting tangled up or injuring any wildlife.
Orlando airboat tours are available all over the state, and some even take you back into areas otherwise inaccessible, giving you a feeling of what Florida was like before it was settled.
Here are some of the best airboat rides in the area to check out:
Lone Cabbage Fish Camp
Take a 30-minute ride through the marshes and waterways of the Saint Johns River with the Twister Airboat Rides at Lone Cabbage Fish Camp. Travelling at speeds up to 45mph, your captain will stop and slow down to point out local wildlife and give time for photo opportunities. Plan on seeing alligators, bald eagles, indigenous wading birds, and sometimes even wild hogs! Prices are $24.00 for adults and $16.00 for children 12 years of age or younger.
Boggy Creek Airboat Rides
Located on the south end of Orlando in the Kissimmee area, Boggy Creek Airboats have preserved a small part of what Old Florida was like before theme parks heavily developed the area. They’ve been introducing guests from all over the world to what Central Florida looked like when cowboys were wrangling cattle at the water’s edge decades ago.
Even though they’re located in proximity to major attractions, you’ll feel like you’ve gone back in time as you step on the boat at either one of their two locations. You’ll whiz past cattle and blue herons on the way to an island once inhabited by a pioneer family in addition to seeing alligators and other swamp inhabitants. Prices start at $28.00 for adults and $24.00 for children ages 3-10.
Wild Bill’s Airboat Tours
With a final destination at the remote Withlacoochee River, Wild Bill’s Airboat Tours gives new meaning to getting away from civilization. You’ll be expertly taken through overhanging branches and narrow paths to the Withlacoochee where you’ll see sights rarely seen by humans other than the few houses that line its shores. Prices start at $45.00 for adults and $35.00 for children 3-10 for an hour-long, daytime ride. Night rides are also available for $60.00 and $45.00, respectively.
When you’re planning an Orlando vacation, be sure to take the time to explore the many different types of unique attractions available. The Rosen Inn is located right on International Drive, and our luxurious yet affordable rooms give you the perfect place to recharge your batteries each night. Contact us today to book your stay.