Every airboat experience is different! Whether you’ve been on one one hundred times or this is the first experience on your next vacation, every experience is a little different. Many people say they find themselves thrilled and eager one minute, then humbled by the beauty of the Everglades, totally relaxed the next. Here are the factors that come into play when on an airboat tour in Orlando at Wild Florida.
Speed of the airboat
When you’re looking out onto the lake from the dock, airboats look like they’re flying through the air. When you’re on an airboat ride, it can be hard to believe it can even slow down without breaks! Airboats aren’t known to be speedy boats; even though some racing airboats can reach speeds up to 130 miles an hour, it’s not recommended to go over 40 mph. At Wild Florida, they like to play it safe, so their Master captains stay under the required limits, but it still feels like a roller coaster ride! The thrill of the ride is so exhilarating but safe for everyone on board.
An airboat lets you coast through the peaceful water channels
Although it may seem like you’ll never slow down while on your Florida airboat ride, it’s easy to forget about the boat’s movement and get lost in the peaceful, quiet waters. Airboats don’t have windows, so looking out into the swamp, you really get to experience it all – the natural music of the birds chirping, the sun shining down on you, and the wind blowing reminds you how still and serene nature is when it’s undisturbed.
An airboat lets you explore places a motorboat couldn’t take you
The best part about an airboat ride is discovering a side of nature you can’t experience on a motorboat. The swamp is different from a regular lake or the ocean due to its marshy, shallow waters and vegetation, and a motorboat doesn’t operate as well as an airboat does out on the swamp.
An airboat is a flat-bottomed vessel boat powered by an aircraft-type propeller that sits on top of the water in order to avoid disturbing the animals or getting caught in the vegetation. This allows the boat to go through the tall, grassy areas of the swamp where the alligators like to hide.
Sometimes, when the boat is off, animals get pretty close, and because an airboat only has railings, Wild Florida guests get a great view of the wildlife.
An airboat ride brings you right up to the wildlife
Meeting Fluffy in the Wild Florida Gator Park, or even taking a #slothie with their sloths, can’t compare to spotting an alligator out on the swamp. It’s so riveting to see alligators slowly moving through the waters or even interacting with one another. It’s almost like a game of hide and seek to see who can discover the most alligators on an airboat ride!
An airboat ride lets you enjoy the calmness of being outdoors, surrounded by nature.
This is the relaxing part of an airboat ride that can almost put you to sleep. Staring out into Lake Cypress, it’s so easy to get lost in how simple and peaceful the outdoors is – it’s like you’re looking at a photo in an art gallery. This part of Florida is completely untouched by humans – no street lights, city noises, or large crowds, just nature at its finest. If you get the chance to experience an airboat ride at night, you’ll really find a new meaning to relaxation, too.
Whether you’re looking for relaxation or adventure, a Wild Florida airboat tour is perfect for your next vacation. Don’t forget to visit their Gator Park, which is included in your tour, to see and even pet the wildest of animals.