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Here's the secret to picking the best Everglades airboat tours

Posted by Sam Haught on Jan 15, 2017 4:15:45 PM
When it comes to planning a vacation, there's a always subconsious goal to make it the "best vacation yet"... Right? Full of fun, new things that you and your family haven't experienced before, or simply revisiting places you fell in love with in the past.
Florida is made up of more than 65,000 square miles of marshland, theme parks, beaches and more, so it's safe to assume that you probably won't be able to see all the wonders of the Sunshine State in one trip. If we're being honest, there are probably a few gems that even locals don't know about! But whether you're a lifelong resident or a first-time visitor, you haven't truly experienced Florida until you've gone on an Orlando airboat ride. To make sure you have the best airboat tour experience possible, here are are a few secrets everyone should know about choosing Everglades airboat tours...
  • Depending on what you want to see, timing might be your biggest factor when researching airboat rides in Florida

We're not lying to you when we tell you there's no wrong time to take an airboat ride. (Unless it's raining. Only then will you want to stay indoors!) However, depending on what you want to see, if you don't book your airboat tour during the right time of day or year for YOU, you may disappointed. Unlike the rest of the country, Florida doesn't really experience the four seasons; we only have two: summer and a very short "winter". Because alligators are cold blooded, they use the sun to regulate their temperature when it's cooler outside, making it much easier to spot them along the banks of Lake Cypress. But don't assume that alligators aren't active during the summer. Only in the warmer months will you be able to experience alligator mating, nesting, and hatching season! 

#ProTip: Before you start researching airboat tours, really think about what you want to see during the tour and research when the animal you want to see is most active. That way, you have a higher chance of seeing it on your tour. Also, consider your personal preference regarding temperature – some people think the summer is too hot, and others would rather hibernate during our "winter" days.


  • To be honest, you won't "see it all" with just one airboat ride in Florida

Most people are often surprised to learn that the Florida Everglades aren't just found in South Florida, but it actually starts as far north as the Kissimmee River. There are more than 350 different species of plant and wildlife that live in the Everglades, some harder to find than others. With that being said, it's important to know that you won't see everything on your first airboat ride. You'll have to go on multiple airboat rides to see everything that there is to see in the Everglades. For example, bald eagles are more likely to be found in Central Florida than South Florida due to the amount of forest and lakes providing a more stable, sustainable living environment to raise their young. 

#Protip: If there is a specific animal you want to see on an airboat ride, check out the Florida Fish and Wildlife website to see where you can spot specific animals. Then you'll be able to narrow down which airboat companies to research based on their location.

  • Don't be fooled – no two airboat tours in Florida are the same!

There are a plethora of airboat companies in Florida, each promoting their own unique, one-of-a-kind experience and information on what you'll see on their tour. But despite what you might think, no two Everglades airboat rides are the same. Don't just take their website's word for it – look at the reviews from real visitors and your view of the company might change. Then, after reading through the reviews, you can check out the different tour options each airboat company offers. Ideally, you'll not only be able to see what type of tours they have, but also at what times their tours would take place, making it easier for you to schedule a tour during your vacation.

#Protip: When looking for reviews, start with the airboat company's Facebook page. Here you'll be able to see the most updated, credible reviews. If you want to read through more reviews, you can also check out TripAdvisor or business pages on Google.
Ready to book your airboat tour? Click "Plan your adventure now!" and see when you can fit an airboat tour in during your next trip to Florida. However, if you're not sure how an airboat ride will fit into your next vacation, take our Wild Florida quiz down below and we'll send you a day planner on what a trip to Wild Florida might look for your family based on your answers. We hope to see you soon!

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Topics: Everglades, Airboat Tours, Eco Tours

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