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Orlando: Wild Florida Everglades Airboat & Wildlife Park

1. Orlando: Wild Florida Everglades Airboat & Wildlife Park

Just a short drive from Orlando, the Disney area, Kissimmee, the Space Coast, and the Orlando International Airport, Wild Florida offers the best of Orlando’s most sought-after activities: airboat rides, alligators and wildlife. This Orlando Everglades tour is widely known as the most beautiful ride in Central Florida. Hop aboard to explore 4,200 acres of beautiful lush scenery, including protected swamps, marshes and rivers, at the heart of the Central Florida Everglades. You can also enjoy a real Florida barbecue, exotic animal exhibits, a tropical bird aviary, a gift shop, and a 500-foot (150 meter) sightseeing dock (costs not included). Wild Florida is owned and operated by one of Florida’s pioneer families that know the meaning of southern hospitality. This is one of the only airboat companies in Central Florida that privately owns their property. The facility is properly insured with a fleet of US Coast Guard approved boats and captains. Day or night, they are prepared to offer individual, family, group and corporate experiences you’ll never forget.

Orlando: Boggy Creek Airboat Ride with Options

2. Orlando: Boggy Creek Airboat Ride with Options

The Central Florida Everglades are natural wonders, best explored with locals who know their backwaters. The beautiful landscape and expert guidance of your captain will make this tour a trip that you'll never forget. Guests on the Scenic Nature Tour explore narrow water trails engulfed in the brush of the Central Florida Everglades. On this tour you'll stop periodically, hoping to spot Florida's state reptile, the American Alligator, in its natural setting. Witness rare and endangered birds swooping effortlessly through the skies as the sunshine warms your body and the wind whips through your hair. Other wildlife abounds throughout the trip. This tour is perfect for groups and families looking to explore and learn about the unexpected side of Central Florida. A longer trip on a Detailed Nature Tour of 1-hour increases the number of encounters with Florida's wildlife, especially the American Alligator, which can reach up to 15 feet in length and 1,000 pounds. You'll experience nature right alongside turtles, bald eagles, blue herons, deer, and a wide variety of waterfowl in their natural environment, not in captivity. Be sure to also check out the Gem Mining Station. You will be able to purchase buckets filled with treasures that are native to Florida and take them to the mining station. While mining, you will discover various gems, alligator teeth, shark teeth, rocks, and other treasures. There will be an additional charge for gem mining bags or buckets. A restaurant with indoor or patio seating is available, where you can dine before or after your tour (at your own expense).

Orlando: 90-Minute Airboat Everglades Adventure Tour

3. Orlando: 90-Minute Airboat Everglades Adventure Tour

Discover Shingle Creek in Central Florida on a 1.5-hour airboat tour into the headwaters of the Florida Everglades. Travel back in time to the days before urban development and the theme parks of Orlando encroached on the Florida swamps. Go to the site where the largest living estuary in the world starts from a little creek, and capture the splendor of nature on your camera. Hear stories about the Native Americans and early settlers who carved their trails into the swamps. Travel by state-of-the-art, 8-12 passenger stadium seating boat for unobstructed views of the diverse wildlife and plant life. Venture into a natural, living environment of lush vegetation, and glide through swamp marsh and wet prairie land. Venture into the thick vegetation, looking for endangered American Bald Eagles, all sizes of American Alligator, and the many other species of wildlife that inhabit the largest sub-tropical eco-system in the continental United States.

Orlando: Manatee Encounter, Snorkeling, and Airboat Ride

4. Orlando: Manatee Encounter, Snorkeling, and Airboat Ride

Snorkel thorugh marine life in the Crystal Rive on this day trip from Orlando. Ride in a comfortable and airconditioned bus to Homosassa Springs State Park for a guided visit. Find out about manatees and go for an airboat ride on the Withlacoochee River. In the morning, head out to the beautiful Crystal River area to start your snorkeling adventure. Explore the river and admire unique wildlife in its natural habitat. Learn about the magnificent manatee and have the opportunity to see them up close. Next is a guided visit to the Homosassa Springs State Park. Discover local wildlife, including the endangered Florida panther, black bears, red wolves, bobcats, alligators, and more. Learn about the park’s manatee rehabilitation program and stop at an underwater observatory built over the mouth of a spring. Enjoy a packed lunch before heading to the Withlacoochee River, to end your day with an exciting airboat ride. Ride through this area which is another natural haven, where you can see more local wildlife. Feel the thrill of skimming over the water with an exhilarating trip in a flat-bottomed boat.

Kissimmee: 1-Hour Airboat Everglades Adventure Tour

5. Kissimmee: 1-Hour Airboat Everglades Adventure Tour

Travel back in time to the days before over-development and theme parks, and experience the unspoiled swamps of Florida on a thrilling airboat ride. Departing from Kissimmee, discover the largest living estuary in the world at Shingle Creek, where the splendor of nature offers a more authentic Florida experience. As you speed through the swamps, your captain will tell stories of the American Indians and history of the early settlers who carved their trails into the swamps of Central Florida. The state-of-the-art boats allow unobstructed views for all passengers, and the diversity of wildlife and plant life will keep your eyes and camera busy. Feel the subtropical climate that promotes lush vegetation and provides natural habitats for a variety of species as you explore swamp marsh and wet prairie.

Orlando: Manatees Swim, Snorkel and Boat Day Tour

6. Orlando: Manatees Swim, Snorkel and Boat Day Tour

Swim and snorkel with one of the sea's most gentle creatures, the endangered Florida manatee, and take an exhilarating airboat ride. Head to the picturesque Crystal River – home to the endangered “gentle giant of the sea,” the Florida manatee – where you can choose to snorkel or swim. Have a chance to interact with these beautiful creatures if you’re lucky. Have some lunch, and then enjoy a fully-narrated airboat ride. Learn more about this southern state's wildlife from the knowledgeable tour guide.

From Kissimmee: Boggy Creek Everglades Sunset Airboat Tour

7. From Kissimmee: Boggy Creek Everglades Sunset Airboat Tour

Experience the excitement of watching the sun set in the Everglades with this airboat tour ticket from Kissimmee. Cruise through West Lake Tohopekaliga as the wetlands awaken for the night. Stay safe with the included hearing protection and life jacket. Check in before your tour and board the airboat. As the sun descends from the heat of the day into the evening watch as cattle start looking for a place to stay for the night, huge flocks of birds fly to their nesting sites, and creatures of the night begin moving out to enjoy the cooler weather. Discover territory that remains unaltered in the wilderness of the Central Florida Everglades. Look for alligators, turtles, and birds in their natural environment. Return to your starting point at the end of your tour.

Orlando: Kennedy Space Center and Airboat Tour

8. Orlando: Kennedy Space Center and Airboat Tour

Less than one hour from Orlando is NASA’s launch headquarters – the Kennedy Space Center. The visitor site offers a fascinating, behind-the-scenes look at the space program. Tour NASA’s launch headquarters, and see space shuttle launch pads from a four-story observation deck. Walk beneath a massive Saturn V moon rocket, and relive Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon. Meet a real astronaut, stroll through the Rocket Garden, and enjoy five-story IMAX space films. The center also includes the space shuttle Atlantis, bringing visitors nose-to-nose with the priceless Atlantis spacecraft as only astronauts have seen it before.  More than 60 interactive, touchscreen experiences and high-tech simulators bring to life the people, passion and patriotism behind NASA’s 30-year space shuttle program. Explore the complexity of the engineering marvel that launched the Hubble Space Telescope and built the International Space Station (ISS). Guests can practice docking to the ISS, extract cargo from the payload bay, and create sonic booms and glide to a landing on the re-entry slide. They can also experience the sensation of floating in space, explore a high-fidelity replica of the ISS, experience an orbital sunrise, and take the helm at the shuttle cockpit. On your airboat ride, glide through the grassy marsh of the St. Johns River and Lake Poinsett at speeds of up to 45 miles per hour. As the boat slows down to an idle you will have several opportunities to take pictures of local wildlife, such as alligators, eagles, and several species of wading birds by the hundreds. Then visit a natural cypress swamp.

From Orlando: Clearwater Beach Pirate Cruise with Lunch

9. From Orlando: Clearwater Beach Pirate Cruise with Lunch

Start the day with pickup from Orlando in a luxury vehicle, then head towards Clearwater Beach. Hop onboard the Pirate’s Ransom and greet your friendly crew. Learn how Florida was a well-known pirate hangout in the 17th and 18th centuries, and hear stories of Captain Kidd and the infamous Blackbeard. Set sail onto the glistening waters of the Gulf of Mexico and lookout for dolphins swimming in their natural habitat. As you cruise, enjoy 2 hours of family fun including a treasure hunt, face painting, water guns, story-telling, and dancing. During the day, enjoy free time to sunbathe on the white sands of Clearwater Beach or go for a swim. A tasty lunch at a local beachside restaurant is included. At the end of a truly epic adventure, relax on the return journey to Orlando.

Orlando: Wild Florida Adventure with Airboat Ride

10. Orlando: Wild Florida Adventure with Airboat Ride

When it comes to airboat eco tours, there is simply no comparison to Wild Florida. Just a short drive from the Orlando and Disney area, enjoy a beautiful day tour that guests of all ages will love. Travel deep into the protected swamps, marshes, and rivers that make up the Central Florida Everglades.  Get an in-depth look at the gators, birds, eagles, trees, and plants that can be found in the beautiful wetlands. This is natural and authentic Florida at its best. You won’t see any development, homes, or signs of human life. Come see for yourself how good it feels to be in the middle of nowhere. After the tour, explore an amazing park full of deer, turkey, bobcats, sloths, crocodiles, monster alligators, and much more. Visit the tropical bird aviary, hands-on alligator demonstrations, gift shop, and 500 ft. sightseeing dock.  Discover the Hawk Swamp boardwalk through a pristine Florida cypress swamp ecosystem. Don’t forget to pause for some pictures, as your family will get to take home a 6x8 to remember the day. Exploring is sure to work up an appetite so swing by the Chomphouse Grill for your BBQ Basket. There are many choices and you can even try some Gator bites. Wild Florida is properly insured with a fleet of US Coast Guard approved boats and captains.  This half-hour airboat adventure takes you to the # 1 airboat park in Central Florida. You should not visit Florida without experiencing an airboat ride - it truly is a unique experience.

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4.5 / 5

based on 54 reviews

This was amazing!! First time to Florida on our honeymoon and we just showed up with our tickets and paid for parking and they took care of the rest! We had Luiz as a guide and he was knowledgeable and funny and made the trip great! Our manatee instructors were Gina and Andrew and they were fabulous! We saw lots of manatees (at least 10) and got to swim with them! The only suggestion I have is to bring some $5’s, $10’s, $20’s for tips! And a warm change of clothes if it’s chilly! Our trip was about 8.5 hours total (8am-4:30pm) but time varies I think! Would definitely do it again!!!

We took this trip last minute and didn't really expect it to be anything exciting. However, we were very wrong we had a great time with an exceptional guide/boat operator really got to understand a little bit about the ecosystem and definitely up close and personal with the wildlife. Would definitely do it again and would recommend it to others. We did the one hour tour and we definitely recommend that over the 30 minutes.

This was our first time on an airboat, and it was amazing! We had a wonderful time with our tour guide Scott! Would definitely recommend as a summer activity, we went in December, and it was a bit too cold.

Pickup and communication was smooth. the tour guide angelina on the bus was super super good. she helped planned our day for each of us very well. it made us easy to do everything we wanted to at KSC.

Our Guide Was Fantastic! He Was Very Experienced! We Had A Great Time!