Looking to take an airboat ride on your next Florida vacation? Airboat rides are a thrilling way to experience Florida swamps and bogs. But not all airboat companies are created equal. Boggy Creek Airboat Rides may just be the best Florida has to offer. Boggy Creek Airboat Rides is located in Central Florida just minutes from the downtown Orlando attractions. The company was started in 1994 with just one airboat. However; due to the company’s impeccable safety record, respect for the environment and sheer knowledge of the Central Florida Everglades, it has grown by leaps and bounds during the last 15 years. Boggy Creek Airboat Rides has become the premier airboat ride company in all of Florida, welcoming tourists from all over the world.
I first became acquainted with Boggy Creek airboats on a visit to Florida in 2004. I had never seen an airboat before much less ridden on one. I wasn’t really expecting much since I had practically grown up on a boat. I didn’t see how an airboat travelling 45 miles per hour through the Everglades would be much different than a recreational boat travelling 45 miles per hour in the Atlantic Ocean. I couldn’t have been more wrong. My first airboat experience was one that I would soon not forget.
Boggy Creek is very safety conscious and all their captains are Master Captains and fully licensed and bonded. They are also randomly drug tested, first aid and CPR certified and have attended the US Coast Guard sea school. The first thing that they do at Boggy Creek is go over what to expect, the rules and regulations of their boats. Riders must wear life vests and Boggy Creek requires everyone to wear ear protection. I put my ear protection on and away we went. I couldn’t help but giggle as I felt like I was flying through the Everglades.
Our guide stopped our boat and pointed out different types of wildlife like endangered sandhill cranes and bald eagles. Not only did he stop and point them out but he really took the time to educate us about Florida’s wildlife. The staff at Boggy Creek respects the fragile Florida ecosystem and wants visitors to understand and have compassion for the ecosystem as well. Airboat captains are generous with their time. Tours aren’t rushed and captains welcome questions.
Most people who take airboat rides hope to see at least one alligator. On our tour we saw one. Our captain estimated it to be about a nine foot long female. He took the time to educate us about alligators, their role in the Central Florida ecosystem and he educated us about the future outlook for these magnificent and fascinating prehistoric creatures. He allowed us to take pictures of the alligator but when an airboat passenger asked about feeding the alligator the Boggy Creek airboat captain let us know that feeding wild alligators in Florida is illegal.
Boggy Creek has airboat rides leaving every 30 minutes and there are three types of tours available. There is a 30 minute tour that is $26 for adults and $20 for children up to 10 years of age. A 45 minute private tour is available; the cost is $55 per person. And there is also an hour long nighttime tour of the Everglades. It costs $50 for adults and $46 for children.
Boggy Creek airboat rides now has two locations. Boggy Creek West, located at 2001 E. Southport Road, Kissimmee, Florida 34746, is their main location and it is open 364 days per year from 9 am to 5 pm weather permitting. This location has RV/tent camping sites available, boat launches, fishing guides and bus parking available. Boggy Creek Eastlake is a satellite location and doesn’t have regular tours available. You may contact Boggy Creek’s main office at 407-344-9550 to find out more information about Eastlake tours. You may visit Boggy Creek on the internet at www.bcairboats.com.