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busy mom
01-03-2010, 11:59 AM
We are considering trying an airboat rides this trip. There are several companies in the Orlando area, can anyone recommend any in particular?

Befferk
01-03-2010, 03:09 PM
Just posted this to you over on the Budget Board, but for anyone else interested, this is who we are going through in May:

http://www.spiritoftheswamp.com/

Private airboat rides for only your group. Reservations required, so you know you won't have to wait once you get there. :thumbsup2

wtpfan
01-03-2010, 05:36 PM
Hi busy mom:

We went on an airboat ride in Mar09. The company is called "Cypress Lakes Air Boat Tours" and we would recommend them to anyone! It took about 40 minutes to get there from Disney. We saw a lot of aligators and our driver even got off the boat and caught an aligator with his bare hands and brought it back on the boat for everyone to see and touch! :eek: We definitely weren't expecting that! I'm sure there are some cheaper tours (we paid about $180 for two adults and 2 children) but maybe not as exciting! Well worth the $.

http://www.cypresslakeairboattours.com/

My DH was the one who wanted to do this...I was a bit apprehensive but ended up being quite impressed!

Have a great time!

cjlvsccm
01-04-2010, 03:45 PM
We are considering trying an airboat rides this trip. There are several companies in the Orlando area, can anyone recommend any in particular?


Hi busy mom!

We give a big :thumbsup2:thumbsup2:thumbsup2 to Spirit of the Swamp that Befferk mentioned! We took a 2-hr tour with them in Nov, and it was GREAT!

My DH and DDad and I really liked that it is private to your party (up to 6, I think, since it's a small boat), so we had no trouble asking about whatever we were seeing. And the headsets w/ mics make it easy to communicate while tearing through the brushy water in search of 'gators. :laughing:

We saw a couple big tour boats, but we were glad to have Captain Harold to ourselves. We chased 'gators, bald eagles, watched the egrets/ storks/ etc, and enjoyed the beauty of the back waters. It's worth every cent for the longest amount of time you can afford. :goodvibes

Hope you have a great trip! :hippie:

formill
01-05-2010, 05:43 AM
We went on Wild Willy's airboat tour last week- it was great- did not see any big alligators but many small ones and the area was beautiful lots of birds to see- ride was an hour- think around $35 each person. Boat held 8 people including driver. We all loved it. At the office they have 2 small alligators and you can hold them. :)

DisneyCrazy2
01-25-2010, 09:59 PM
Does anyone know if Spirit of the Swamp can accomodate a party of 7?

Befferk
01-26-2010, 07:42 AM
Does anyone know if Spirit of the Swamp can accomodate a party of 7?

Shoot them a quick email. info@spiritoftheswamp.com

They have been super responsive to me when I've emailed them with questions! :goodvibes