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Orlando: Boggy Creek Airboat Ride with Options

1. Orlando: Boggy Creek Airboat Ride with Options

The Central Florida Everglades are natural wonders, best explored with locals who know their backwaters. The beautiful landscape and expert guidance of your captain will make this tour a trip that you'll never forget. Guests on the Scenic Nature Tour explore narrow water trails engulfed in the brush of the Central Florida Everglades. On this tour you'll stop periodically, hoping to spot Florida's state reptile, the American Alligator, in its natural setting. Witness rare and endangered birds swooping effortlessly through the skies as the sunshine warms your body and the wind whips through your hair. Other wildlife abounds throughout the trip. This tour is perfect for groups and families looking to explore and learn about the unexpected side of Central Florida. A longer trip on a Detailed Nature Tour of 1-hour increases the number of encounters with Florida's wildlife, especially the American Alligator, which can reach up to 15 feet in length and 1,000 pounds. You'll experience nature right alongside turtles, bald eagles, blue herons, deer, and a wide variety of waterfowl in their natural environment, not in captivity. Be sure to also check out the Gem Mining Station. You will be able to purchase buckets filled with treasures that are native to Florida and take them to the mining station. While mining, you will discover various gems, alligator teeth, shark teeth, rocks, and other treasures. There will be an additional charge for gem mining bags or buckets. A restaurant with indoor or patio seating is available, where you can dine before or after your tour (at your own expense).

Orlando: 90-Minute Airboat Everglades Adventure Tour

2. Orlando: 90-Minute Airboat Everglades Adventure Tour

Discover Shingle Creek in Central Florida on a 1.5-hour airboat tour into the headwaters of the Florida Everglades. Travel back in time to the days before urban development and the theme parks of Orlando encroached on the Florida swamps. Go to the site where the largest living estuary in the world starts from a little creek, and capture the splendor of nature on your camera. Hear stories about the Native Americans and early settlers who carved their trails into the swamps. Travel by state-of-the-art, 8-12 passenger stadium seating boat for unobstructed views of the diverse wildlife and plant life. Venture into a natural, living environment of lush vegetation, and glide through swamp marsh and wet prairie land. Venture into the thick vegetation, looking for endangered American Bald Eagles, all sizes of American Alligator, and the many other species of wildlife that inhabit the largest sub-tropical eco-system in the continental United States.

Kissimmee: 1-Hour Airboat Everglades Adventure Tour

3. Kissimmee: 1-Hour Airboat Everglades Adventure Tour

Travel back in time to the days before over-development and theme parks, and experience the unspoiled swamps of Florida on a thrilling airboat ride. Departing from Kissimmee, discover the largest living estuary in the world at Shingle Creek, where the splendor of nature offers a more authentic Florida experience. As you speed through the swamps, your captain will tell stories of the American Indians and history of the early settlers who carved their trails into the swamps of Central Florida. The state-of-the-art boats allow unobstructed views for all passengers, and the diversity of wildlife and plant life will keep your eyes and camera busy. Feel the subtropical climate that promotes lush vegetation and provides natural habitats for a variety of species as you explore swamp marsh and wet prairie.

Orlando: Manatee Encounter, Snorkeling, and Airboat Ride

4. Orlando: Manatee Encounter, Snorkeling, and Airboat Ride

Snorkel thorugh marine life in the Crystal Rive on this day trip from Orlando. Ride in a comfortable and airconditioned bus to Homosassa Springs State Park for a guided visit. Find out about manatees and go for an airboat ride on the Withlacoochee River. In the morning, head out to the beautiful Crystal River area to start your snorkeling adventure. Explore the river and admire unique wildlife in its natural habitat. Learn about the magnificent manatee and have the opportunity to see them up close. Next is a guided visit to the Homosassa Springs State Park. Discover local wildlife, including the endangered Florida panther, black bears, red wolves, bobcats, alligators, and more. Learn about the park’s manatee rehabilitation program and stop at an underwater observatory built over the mouth of a spring. Enjoy a packed lunch before heading to the Withlacoochee River, to end your day with an exciting airboat ride. Ride through this area which is another natural haven, where you can see more local wildlife. Feel the thrill of skimming over the water with an exhilarating trip in a flat-bottomed boat.

Orlando: Manatee Discovery Kayak Tour with Lunch

5. Orlando: Manatee Discovery Kayak Tour with Lunch

See manatees in their natural habitat in Blue Spring State Park on a kayaking tour. Explore the rivers and creeks and spot a range of other native species within the lush marshland. Enjoy priority entrance to Blue Spring State Park and experience a fantastic view of the spring and the manatees that are to be found in the area. Paddle to the crystal clear waters of Blue Spring, Orange City by kayak and encounter the many manatees that make the area their home. During the summer months indulge in a refreshing dip in the clear waters of the spring. Glide through the calm creeks and rivers of the park and discover a variety of animals including alligators and turtles who often can be seen sunbathing on the shores. Also, keep a lookout for bird species such as a variety of birds including ospreys, eagles, and kingfishers. Then, after you finish your kayaking adventure, enjoy a picnic lunch in the tranquility of nature.

Orlando: Ghosts and Dark History Haunted Walking Tour

6. Orlando: Ghosts and Dark History Haunted Walking Tour

Orlando was quickly settled, and was built along ley lines, thought to increase connection to the supernatural. Then, Walt Disney came along, and the city became famous for being home to "The Happiest Place on Earth". What Disney didn't know was that the city was also home to secret societies and murders in the tunnels underneath the streets of downtown. On this tour, you'll discover the creepy tales of a city steeped in tragedy, mystery, suicide, and murder. You rarely hear of the city’s ties to secret societies, of the murders that took place in tunnels beneath the streets of downtown, or rumors of the connections the city’s residents have to the UFO sightings that make Florida the state with the second-most alien encounter reports in the country. Rumrunners, vaudeville performers, and the ghost of Ted Bundy – Orlando’s magic doesn’t just come from the happiest place on earth. Uncover the darkness that lies under the bright Florida sun.

From Orlando: Clearwater Beach with Lunch Day Trip

7. From Orlando: Clearwater Beach with Lunch Day Trip

Escape the crowds and queues with this trip to Clearwater, where you can have fun in the sun. Journey to the white sands and warm waters of Florida's West Coast. Enjoy an amazing lunch while feeling the cool breeze and taking in the beautiful scenery around you. Let the sugary sands fall between your toes as you take a stroll down this gorgeous beach. Upgrade your tour to include a number of optional activities: Dolphin Encounter Boat Tour: Embark on a 2-hour boat cruise from Clearwater Bay into the clear blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Sit back and relax while your captain highlights some fascinating facts about the Gulf Coast, celebrity Mansions, and the dolphins playing.  Sea Screamer Ride: Climb aboard the Sea Screamer, the world's largest speedboat! Experience the dual twin-turbocharged diesel engines, as the 72' long Sea Screamer gives you a thrill ride you'll never forget.  Pirate Cruise: Sail away with Captain Memo’s Original Pirate Cruise to a world complete with briny buccaneers and seafaring seadogs. Let the tropical island tunes guide your journey through the calm waters of the picturesque Gulf of Mexico. Deep Sea Fishing: Florida has featured in its fair share of fishing folklore over the years and tall tales abound. The sport fishing is indeed excellent so here’s your chance to head out and do battle.  Aquarium: Go beyond a typical aquarium experience and immerse yourself in the world of marine life rescue at Clearwater Marine Aquarium. This unique, nonprofit rescue facility is dedicated to the rehabilitation and release of marine animals.

Orlando: Kennedy Space Center and Airboat Tour

8. Orlando: Kennedy Space Center and Airboat Tour

Less than one hour from Orlando is NASA’s launch headquarters – the Kennedy Space Center. The visitor site offers a fascinating, behind-the-scenes look at the space program. Tour NASA’s launch headquarters, and see space shuttle launch pads from a four-story observation deck. Walk beneath a massive Saturn V moon rocket, and relive Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon. Meet a real astronaut, stroll through the Rocket Garden, and enjoy five-story IMAX space films. The center also includes the space shuttle Atlantis, bringing visitors nose-to-nose with the priceless Atlantis spacecraft as only astronauts have seen it before.  More than 60 interactive, touchscreen experiences and high-tech simulators bring to life the people, passion and patriotism behind NASA’s 30-year space shuttle program. Explore the complexity of the engineering marvel that launched the Hubble Space Telescope and built the International Space Station (ISS). Guests can practice docking to the ISS, extract cargo from the payload bay, and create sonic booms and glide to a landing on the re-entry slide. They can also experience the sensation of floating in space, explore a high-fidelity replica of the ISS, experience an orbital sunrise, and take the helm at the shuttle cockpit. On your airboat ride, glide through the grassy marsh of the St. Johns River and Lake Poinsett at speeds of up to 45 miles per hour. As the boat slows down to an idle you will have several opportunities to take pictures of local wildlife, such as alligators, eagles, and several species of wading birds by the hundreds. Then visit a natural cypress swamp.

From Orlando: St. Augustine Day Trip with Tour Options

9. From Orlando: St. Augustine Day Trip with Tour Options

Visit St. Augustine, the so-called “Ancient City” and oldest continuously settled town in the United States. Experience the charming atmosphere and beautiful climate of a town located between northeast and central-east Florida. While there, explore St. Augustine's delightful historic district, with its cobblestone streets, quaint cafes, bars, and unique shops. Make sure to also take in the history at the significant landmarks such as Castillo de San Marcos, Flagler College, the Lightner Museum, the Fountain of Youth, and more, Choose between the following tour options: • St. Augustine Day Tour: Spend a full day in the oldest city in the U.S. Find out about the historic landmarks with a tour guide and then shop, dine, and discover the city at your own pace. • St. Augustine Scenic Cruise: Get a unique view of the city and see its many historic landmarks and impressive natural beauty on a narrated tour around Matanzas Bay. • St. Augustine's Colonial Quarter Museum: Embark on an interactive adventure where history comes alive with a guide in proper colonial attire. Throughout this living museum, experience a musket firing, blacksmith demonstrations, and more. • Road Train Tour: Set off on a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing adventure through town aboard a trolley streetcar. Learn interesting facts about the 22 unique sites on the 7-mile (11-kilometer) loop, and hop on and off where you like to explore the attractions at your own pace. • Pirate & Treasure Museum: Explore the Golden Age of Piracy with one of the world’s largest collections of authentic pirate artifacts and shipwreck treasures. Delight in award-winning interactive exhibits that make this hands-on museum an experience for all the family. Whichever tour option you choose, your day will include plenty of time to explore the town, shop in the gift shops, and dine in one of the local restaurants on the cobblestone streets.

From Orlando: Clearwater Beach Pirate Cruise with Lunch

10. From Orlando: Clearwater Beach Pirate Cruise with Lunch

Start the day with pickup from Orlando in a luxury vehicle, then head towards Clearwater Beach. Hop onboard the Pirate’s Ransom and greet your friendly crew. Learn how Florida was a well-known pirate hangout in the 17th and 18th centuries, and hear stories of Captain Kidd and the infamous Blackbeard. Set sail onto the glistening waters of the Gulf of Mexico and lookout for dolphins swimming in their natural habitat. As you cruise, enjoy 2 hours of family fun including a treasure hunt, face painting, water guns, story-telling, and dancing. During the day, enjoy free time to sunbathe on the white sands of Clearwater Beach or go for a swim. A tasty lunch at a local beachside restaurant is included. At the end of a truly epic adventure, relax on the return journey to Orlando.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 54 reviews

We liked: 1) being able to show up without an appointment that was scheduled far in advance. 2) Having things to do while we waited out turn (only about an hour) 3) the guide knew the area, and was able to find many animals to show us. 4) the price was competitive with other companies that did not offer the above advantages.

Time in KSC is limited for everything it offers, but on a half-day tour it's normal that you don't have time for everything. Still, I would do the same again with the airboat. It may not be the Everglades but it was a lot of fun and we saw native flora and fauna.

If you love nature, this is definitely worth it. seen a lot of wildlife. nice guide. hour was a little too short. Kids, 26 and 16 thought it was definitely worth it!

This activity was one of the best that my family enjoyed while we were on vacation. We would love to do it again.

It was fun to see the alligators and birds. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the animals and the everglades