Boggy Creek Airboats in Florida - Orlando / Florida Guide
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If you cannot make the long journey down to the Everglades, but would love to experience the thrill of an air boat ride, why not try the next best way at Bogey Creek. There are two Boggy Creeks, one near Orlando International Airport and the other at the southern end of Poinciana Boulevard. The one I am going to write about is situated at the south end of Poinciana across Orange Blossom Trail and then follow the signs. Driving from our home at Silver Creek on H27 it takes about 30 minutes. There is no need to book, just turn up and wait your turn to board one of several air boats that take about 20 people at a time on a thrilling trip. Ear protectors are supplied and definitely recommended, the noise of the engine is deafening. The ride is very exhilarating as you skim over the water and vegetation at very fast speeds.
The guides on board are always very knowledgeable and love to discuss the different birds and animals that you may see and will always stop so that visitors have ample opportunities to view them. Ask them anything and they always seem to know the answer.
It does not seem to matter how many times you go there always seems to be something different to see and even if you have seen alligators to see it is always good to see them in their natural habitate. There are many alligators to spot, some much larger than others, and from a safe distance there are many opportunities to take the memorable photo of “the one that got away”. The trip will last about 20 – 30 minutes, make sure you have plenty of sun cream on before you climb aboard, remove your hat and anything else that is not firmly attached to you, if you don’t you will most certainly loose it.
There is a small shop where you can buy a few souvenirs, reference books, drinks and food. All the staff are really friendly and will answer most of the questions that you may have regarding your trip out onto the lake.
There are opportunities to hire a smaller craft for a private party, but they have to be booked in advance, this I am sure would give you greater freedom to seek out the quieter corners of this very large lake.
All in all a really good way to spend a quieter day away from the theme parks, and to see a more natural Florida.
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