A break from Disney and the chance to so something completely different, we were excited as we drove out of Kissimmee and headed for Boggy Creek and an airboat ride. Husband and I had tried this out here years ago, I don’t remember much except that it was a lot of fun. The three of us also had an airboat ride a while ago in the Everglades where we spotted no end of alligators. This time though the whole thing was a freebie, thrown in as an extra by the company where we bought our theme park tickets so nothing to lose if the alligators didn’t make their appearance.
A lovely drive on a Sunday morning, it took us about 45 minutes from our Kissimmee condo and we passed through pleasant countryside, saw cattle farms and no end of quaint houses, a whole different experience to Disney.
We found the Boggy Creek Airboat place very easily, checked in and got on the first boat at 10.15. Apparently you can spot alligators, racoons, bald eagles and more here – however this was the wildlife spotting forecast for our excursion….
The boats are big, flat bottomed vessels with huge propellers at the back. We sat in the front row, once everyone had climbed on board and had their ear protectors in place we set off. It is super noisy, I was very glad of the earphones provided, glad too we had slathered ourselves with suncream and had hats rammed on our heads that would not easily come off.
We skimmed over the surface of the lake at breath-taking speed – a real thrill, as the droplets of water sprayed up and hit us.
Gorgeous views but the wildlife…. well we spotted a couple of birds and one cow. Alligators were in short supply that Sunday morning.
The guide stopped the boat in the middle of the lake, turned off the propeller and told us a stack of interesting snippets of information about the trees and wildlife. He was very entertaining and despite no alligators, I found the whole thing fascinating.
We zoomed back to base, another thrilling high-speed ride and then all too soon our airboat experience was over. Son and Husband loved the whole thing, I enjoyed it but did find the noise and vibration mixed with the extremely bright sunshine on the middle of the lake all quite intense and just a teeny bit uncomfortable.
We did see an alligator – eventually – although not in the lake. A man was waiting with a 2 year old baby to greet us as we stepped off the boat. Son bought some alligator food and fed some more little ones they had in big tanks nearby.
A bit of ambling around where we checked out a little turtle pool and a critter area was fun before it was time to leave.