Wild Florida Blog | Airboat History

An Orlando airboat ride firsthand? Read what our guests had to say!

Posted by Sam Haught on May 10, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Planning the perfect vacation in Florida is sometimes just as hard as navigating the area once you actually get here. There are tons of attractions, fesitivals, and things to do, and finding the right activity for you and your family to enjoy can be a daunting task. If you're traveling to Florida, your trip to the Sunshine State isn't complete until you've gone on an airboat ride. So... if you've just started your search, here are a few testimonials that will help you understand what to expect on an Orlando airboat ride, and what you can look forward to when you ride with Wild Florida..

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Topics: Airboat Tours, Airboat History, Experiences

The history of airboats in Florida

Posted by Sam Haught on Apr 14, 2016 10:00:00 AM

If you’ve ever been on an airboat, you know they’re tons of fun. It’s an eco-friendly way to explore the swamps and wetlands of our great state. But have you ever wondered just how these boats came to be? Well, allow us to give you a bit of the history of airboats in Florida! The first airboat dates all the way back to 1905 when Alexander Graham Bell invented it in Canada. It was dubbed "The Ugly Duckling" and was used to test various engines and prop configurations. Fast forward fifteen years to 1920 when the first airboat was registered here in Florida by a man named Glenn Hammond.

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Topics: Airboat Tours, Airboat History