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Orlando: Boggy Creek Airboat Ride with Options

1. 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: Drive-Thru Safari Park at Wild Florida

2. Orlando: Drive-Thru Safari Park at Wild Florida

Discover the exotic animal species and native wildlife of the Wild Florida Airboats and Gator Park. Drive your vehicle through on a self-guided tour through the open areas of the park. See more than 100 exotic animals and native Florida wildlife like white-tailed deer, bison, cracker cows, zebras, watusi, and oryx. Check out a massive pond inside the park dedicated exclusively as a home for some alligators. Stop and hand-feed the incredible giraffes for a once in a lifetime experience.

Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens Admission Ticket

3. Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens Admission Ticket

Enjoy a family day trip with something for everyone at the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens. Get a feel for nature as you watch otters swim and black bears play. Stop in the Herpetarium or Insect Zoo to see reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates from around the world. Get an up-close look at the animals and learn about their behavior during a giraffe feeding, a rhino encounter, or a chat with one of the keepers. Search for butterflies and caterpillars in the gardens. Enjoy a meal at the restaurant, and don’t forget your bathing suit to hit up the Wharton-Smith Tropical Splash Ground.

Orlando: 90-Minute Airboat Everglades Adventure Tour

4. 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.

Kissimmee: Boggy Creek Everglades Sunset Airboat Tour Ticket

5. Kissimmee: Boggy Creek Everglades Sunset Airboat Tour Ticket

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: Manatee Encounter, Snorkeling, and Airboat Ride

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

Enjoy breakfast as you 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. This area 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: Boggy Creek Everglades Night Airboat Tour Ticket

7. Kissimmee: Boggy Creek Everglades Night Airboat Tour Ticket

Experience the thrill of a nighttime airboating adventure through alligator infested waters with this ticket for an Everglades airboat tour from Kissimmee. Stay safe with the included safety goggles and life jacket. Let your Coast Guard captain navigate through the wetlands in a well-maintained ship. Check in before your tour and board the airboat. Try to spot alligators, birds and other wildlife in their natural habitat. Move across the surface of the water in the wetlands at speeds up to 60 mph. Watch for the sparkle of alligator eyes glowing in the dark as they lurk patiently waiting for their next prey. Zoom through narrow trails of tall grasses without knowing what will be found around the next bend. Return to your starting point at the end of your tour.

Orlando: Wild Florida Adventure with Airboat Ride

8. 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.

Orlando: Wild Florida Airboats & Gator Park Experience

9. Orlando: Wild Florida Airboats & Gator Park Experience

Be picked up in Orlando and head to the Wild Florida Airboats & Gator Park. Take an airboat tour through the Everglades experience the Drive-Thru Safari with over 100 native and exotic animals. While at the park, enjoy a BBQ picnic lunch. With almost 300 acres of land, Wild Florida Airboats & Gator Park is the largest family-owned wildlife and adventure park in Central Florida. Take an airboat tour through Cypress Lake and see alligators, eagles, and other wildlife that call the lake home. Explore the 14-acre Gator Park and see the endangered Florida panther, as well as lemurs and sloths. Go through the drive-thru safari and see more than 100 native and exotic animals roaming free. Afterward, you'll have the chance to feed giraffes. Enjoy a BBQ basket lunch at Wild Florida’s rustic Chomp House diner. Sit at benches that are located under a covered pavilion with lake views. 

From Orlando: Miami Day Trip with Upgrade Options

10. From Orlando: Miami Day Trip with Upgrade Options

Take a day to experience the energetic and vibrant city of Miami. Discover the different areas of the city while shopping, enjoying the atmosphere, or simply relaxing. Leave from Orlando early in the morning to experience a whole day of fun. On the way, receive a continental-style breakfast bag to get energized for the day. Choose from the following tour options: • Full-Day Hop-on-Hop-off City Tour: See all that Miami has to offer on two routes of the city. Enjoy live commentary on the tour with plenty of time to explore your choice of stops. Discover Miami's highlights as you hop on and off at your own leisure. • Miami Tour with Celebrity Homes Cruise Around Star Island: See Miami's magnificent coastal sites — including the Miami skyline and the homes of Star Island — on a fully narrated cruise. After, enjoy plenty of time to shop in the Bayside Marketplace Mall and relax on South Beach as well. • Day Tour of Miami: Experience and explore the Bayside Marketplace and South Beach area of one of the most upbeat cities on the East Coast of the United States. Choose this option to have the most free time to explore on your own. • Everglades Adventure and Star Island Cruise: After a brief stop at Bayside Marketplace, set off on an adventure in the Florida Everglades with an airboat ride and animal handling show. Then, head back to Bayside Marketplace for a bit of free time before boarding the Island Queen for a fully narrated cruise around Star Island. Finally, visit South Beach briefly to soak in a little of the atmosphere. After a fun-filled day in Miami, your driver will take you back to Orlando where the tours will end.

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What people are saying about Orlando

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 67 reviews

I recommend it, if people who arrive in Orlando and are looking for an outdoor and entertaining activity, it is a good option to visit. The Safari very entertaining and interesting. I loved the Giraffes and the Zebras. The zoo looks in good shape and the animals look in good shape, I loved it. Organized and clean. Place of healthy and family entertainment. I recommend it 100

Something I have always wanted to do and was not disappointed. Our family of five from Grandpa, Grandma, son, daughter and granddaughter all enjoyed our 90 minute tour! Well worth the experience.

The captain of the boat was very friendly and knowledgeable, scenery was fantastic weather was great and the wildlife did not disappoint. Over-all had a great time and would definitely go again.

Great guide, Scott. Knowledgeable and showed us several gators including babies. Saw lots of birds and he had drinks. Will go again when I come back to Florida and will definitely ask for Scott.

Chris is the guy to ask for. He is very knowledge, humor and care. He also recommends other, off the beaten path, sites to see.