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Old 04-30-2013, 05:47 PM   #1
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Recommended Swamp Air boat rides?

As a little girl, I remember taking a boat tour in a swamp and seeing lots of alligators. I'd LOVE to take DH on such a ride while in Orlando, but there seem to be a few companies to choose from and I was hoping some of you experts could make some recommendations? Price is important, but I also want the experience to be a good one. Thanks for any advice!!
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Old 04-30-2013, 06:55 PM   #2
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You know, we're doing the same thing this summer. We've never been on an air boat but I found this one outfit through a guy I met at Bass Pro Shops in Orlando last time we were there in 2011. I am sure there are more qualified people out there than myself but this is the place we're using when we go down in August. Hope it helps!

http://www.wildwillysairboattours.co...O_GALLERY.html
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As a little girl, I remember taking a boat tour in a swamp and seeing lots of alligators. I'd LOVE to take DH on such a ride while in Orlando, but there seem to be a few companies to choose from and I was hoping some of you experts could make some recommendations? Price is important, but I also want the experience to be a good one. Thanks for any advice!!
Years ago, Corey and Julie of the Podcast Team went to the Boggy Creek Airboat company, and from what I remember, really enjoyed it. Here's a link to photos and a video they took of their experience. They also reviewed it on DisUnplugged, but I don't know the show number. Seems the photos were taken around March 26, 2008.

http://www.wdwinfo.com/photos/bcairboats/index.htm
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We did a tour in January with Sawgrass and had a great time. We saw two alligators even on an exceptionally cold day! The guide was really knowledgable. http://www.evergladestours.com/evergladesairboat.html
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I highly recommend Wild Willy's in St. Cloud. We did their one-hour tour on Boxing Day and had a fabulous time .

If you click on the link to my Christmas trip report in my signature, there's lots of photos and a full write up of our experience starting on page 5, post 73.
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We did Boggy Creek a couple of years ago and enjoyed it. We haven't tried any others so I can't compare but we were pleased with our experience.

Make sure you visit their website or pick up one of the tourist coupon books when you are in town to get a discount.
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As a little girl, I remember taking a boat tour in a swamp and seeing lots of alligators. I'd LOVE to take DH on such a ride while in Orlando, but there seem to be a few companies to choose from and I was hoping some of you experts could make some recommendations? Price is important, but I also want the experience to be a good one. Thanks for any advice!!
We've used Spirit of the Swamp twice. They give an excellent private tour, for a great custom experience every time! It was definitely worth the money.
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