The majority of visitors to the Orlando area won’t appreciate that the Central Florida Everglades in-fact form the head waters of the world-famous Florida Everglades!
Making an exhilarating 40 MPH wind torn, hair flapping, nature adventure on an airboat much closer than you first believed; Boggy Creek awaits only 20 miles distant from the fantasy creations of both Walt Disney World® and Sea World® Orlando.
Boggy Creek Airboat Rides has sites in two locations on the 22,000 acre Lake Tohopekaliga and on East Lake Fish Camp or as the locals prefer call it Lake Toho. Interestingly the lakes are interconnected by small bayous and sleepy backwaters.
Airboat Rides are fully accessible for the less-abled traveler and absolutely will provide both fun and education for each and every generation.
Speaking as a British tourist, a drive out into the wide open agricultural spaces of the countryside surrounding the city of Kissimmee is quite a revelation in itself! It’s almost worth it for just those vistas alone.
We arrived at the rather rustic looking Boggy Creek Airboat Rides location on Lake Toho and to be quite honest found it to be a very welcome break from all the razzmatazz of the theme parks. There are plenty of free parking spots and some shaded picnic tables just to sit at and take in the natural beauty of the lake.
You do NOT need to make reservations for either location as scenic nature tours leave every 30 minutes, 364 days a year, from 9am – 5pm.
A visit to the small gift shop is a great way to pass the time as you wait for the next available airboat ride. The ever-present and obligatory souvenir photographs are also available to purchase here.
A good tip would be to pre-purchase and print your tour tickets on-line before you leave home. Tickets purchased this way are often at discounted rates.
However, if you are an after dark adventurer and wish to explore for American alligators by search light you will need to call ahead and make reservations for this swampy 1 hour night tour!
As you board your airboat and meet your U.S Coast Guard Captain it will be apparent how safety conscience the folks at Boggy Creek are. Children are obliged to wear life vests at all times and everyone on board is duty-bound to sport the very necessary, but quite unglamorous ear protectors.
During our 1/2 hour scenic tour we were lucky enough to see baby American alligators, American bald eagles, egrets and many other types of water fowl. Because nature is so unpredictable there’s no guarantee that you’ll witness some ‘gators lazing around Lake Toho, but I have it on good authority that the best time to spot them is the first thing in the morning!
I assure you a trip on the airboats at Boggy Creek is the most fun that you can have outside of the Orlando theme parks and in my opinion can only be described as ‘the real Florida’s most natural thrill ride!’
Check out the Boggy Creek Airboats website here – http://www.bcairboats.com
This is a fully independent review for which I received no payment or incentive.