Enjoy the beautiful St. John's River in Central Florida on our 6 person airboats. We provide the best ride through the marshes of the scenic St. John's River on real air boats for an "Old Fashioned Airboat Ride" in the Central Florida Everglades. Only 45 minutes from the Orlando area attractions and 15 minutes from Kennedy Space Center, Old Fashioned Airboat Rides will provide one of the most memorable stops on your Central Florida vacation. This is the true Florida, the way the natives enjoy it!
This is a full 90 minute personal experience with an airboat captain that you share with only 5 other passengers. Airboat John's 30 years on the St. Johns River bring you a unique, intimate knowledge of the river, its tall Cyprus & grass marshes, it's animals and birds, characters who lived here, and its history as the once central artery of Florida. The airboat stops several times to discuss the features of the area and answer your questions.
- See Wildlife (such as alligators and eagles)
- 90 Minute Guided Tour
- Ride on Real Airboats (Not Barges)
- Six Passenger NOT 16
- Your Family
- Eco Adventure
- Central Florida Airboat Rides
- Swamp Tour of the St Johns River
Description of Old Fashioned Airboat Rides in Florida's Space CoastMoorhens and coots move just far enough to allow my passage, and then scramble to scarf up the grass shrimp and minnows stirred up as I pass. Nearly fifty generations of these marsh birds have interacted with the humans and their airboats; by now they seem to know how we think and how much room we need as we share the river valley. Effortlessly, the boat slides across the grass and dollar weed as I make my way to a patch of open water. Small shad thrash the water's surface as bass chase them from below, and birds feed from above. I give the engine a little more throttle as I slide up the bank and power the boat to the edge. The bow is hanging off the bank over thin air, just enough to allow good casting into the frenzied school of fish.
Briefly, quiet settles over the area and then the usual marsh noise resumes as the arrival of an airboat - and its occupants - are accepted as normal. Occasionally, a water moccasin, marsh rabbit, or wild hog will become aggressive when its space is invaded, but I won't be sharing this fishing hole with any human today. The marsh of the St. Johns River displays little impact from half a century of airboat use. Approximately 2,400 airboats are registered in the nearby counties, and many of them are operated on this river throughout the year. Most airboaters are conservation minded and operate their boats in a manner which respects the wildlife and habitat of the river valley. Some are just into it for the speed and noise and don't stay long enough to learn what real airboating is about.
The airboat is more than just a mode of transportation, it is a safe haven and portal into and out of an otherwise hostile environment. As dusk arrives, the shriek of eagles playing gives way to the trill of a family of raccoons making their way to the waters edge. Turtles push off of logs as the warmth of the sun fades into the trees. Soon the sound of the marsh by day will turn to a din of crickets and mosquitoes as the splash of feeding gators and the hoot of owls mark the shift change. I watch the reflective orange eyes of gators sink slowly from my light as my air-propelled sled slides by.
--- Airboat John
"Airboat John" has more than 30 years of Air Boating Experience.
He is a U.S. Coast Guard licensed Captain, and Insured.
Don't settle for boring barges...Ride the river marshes on genuine Everglades-style Air Boats; high enough for a great view. View Florida wildlife in their native habitat. Many guests say our rides were the most exciting part of their Florida vacation. This is a real and wild experience. Your native Florida guide will share many true stories with you, to ensure you leave with colorful memories and a wealth of knowledge.
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