At Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures there is so much more than just time spent on the water. This leading Central Florida nature-based attraction has added a brand new Butterfly Aviary and Bat Education and Conservation Zone to its Real Natural Florida experiences.
Lily’s Butterfly Garden and Lorelei’s Critter Collection, a 20 x 60 foot specially designed aviary named after the owners’ granddaughters, features more than seven different species of butterflies that are native to Florida and the U.S., including Monarch, Painted Ladies and Sulphurs.
Guests can purchase nectar cups for $2 to feed the butterflies inside the aviary. The butterfly habitat contains an assortment of Florida native plants such as Native Milkweeds, Buttonwood Plant, Fire Bushes, Swamp Lily, Mushy Grass, Prickly Pear Cactus and Swamp Hibiscus. The same habitat is also home to native Florida animals such as Bobwhite Quails, Wood Ducks and Turtles. Landscaping of the park and butterfly area at Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures has been done through a partnership with the Florida Native Plant Society.
Future plans inside Lily’s Butterfly Garden will include high teas, birthdays, wedding ceremonies for up to 20 people and memorial butterfly releases.
The new Bat Education and Conservation Zone teaches guests about the various species of Florida’s bats and how they help the environment. Three bat houses will accommodate up to 300 bats each, which will naturally migrate to the site. The bat houses and educational information have been provided through a partnership with the Florida Bat Conservancy.
“We are so excited to expand our natural outdoor experiences here at Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures,” said Owner Margie Bryan. “Butterflies, bats and our other new critters will delight our guests in addition to our signature airboat tours which offer up close views of Bald Eagles, North American Osprey, River Otters, Florida Soft Shell and Snapping Turtle, American Alligator, Crested Caracara, and Swallow-tailed Kite.”
Admission to the new Butterfly Aviary and Bat Education and Conservation Zone is free with purchase of airboat tour or food purchase at the restaurant.
You will want to see all these new additions to the park and don’t forget to glide on an airboat ride while you are there!
The Long family started Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures way back in 1994, making them one of Orlando’s original airboat tours. They were instrumental in bringing attention to the actual headwaters of the Florida Everglades which are right here in central Florida. Guests can experience this exciting eco-tour just minutes from the world-famous attractions – no lines, no parking charges, and thrills galore. Not to mention a close-up look at the real Florida and some of the ancient cultures that predated Mickey Mouse by a few hundred years!
Things to Do
World famous Boggy Creek Airboat Rides invites you to explore their newly expanded & renovated grounds at Southport Park for a true, authentic Florida experience! Boggy Creek has set the industry standard since 1994 with tours of the headwaters of the Everglades and now guests now have a host of new lake-side attractions and amenities to enjoy on dry land too. Check out the authentic Native American Village, the baby gator pond, and the very tasty Boggy Bottom BBQ Restaurant.