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Boggy Creek - Orlando / Florida Guide

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Over by the busy, bustling Orlando International airport is another little bit of unspoiled Florida alongside the shores of East Lake Tohopekaliga(which means SleepingTiger.) This sleepine tiger is home to thousands of birds, insects, turtles and alligators and you get to see quite a lot of them if you head off on the Boggy Creek Airboat rides.

Situated at the East Lake Toho Fishcamp I am always amazed that Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn do not come around the corner with bucketfuls of freshly caught fish. If you blot out the very modern RV’s dotted around under the trees this place doesn’t look like it has changed too much since the 1800’s. With lots of leafy shade from the canopy of the mature trees with the gossamer threads of Spanish moss gently blowing in the warm breeze-this place is just a haven of peace and tranquillity.

It is very popular with snowbirds from the northern states –and these lucky people often come to stay for the 6 winter months-till summer in their own state beckons them back home,

Over by the lake is the cabin where you can book your ride on the airboat. Remember to take a coupon for your $2 discount. The flat bottomed boat skims over the surface of the water. Edgar who is usually the driver knows the best spots and pulls into the reeds to look for the alligators that hide and nest in their shallows. If there are no alligators we usually scare the large water birds as the noise of the boat’s huge engine sends them flapping away to safety. The months of February, March and April are good times to visit as it is nesting season and you often get to see mother alligator guarding her tiddlers. No ride is complete without a fast swirl over the centre of the lake –it’s thrilling and exciting-so headphones on and hang on to your hats!

While waiting for your ride have a cool beer or a meal (yes alligator is serned and yes it does taste like chewy chicken) in the camp’s little restaurant. There’s a juke box and a pool table and weekends there are the all you can eat buffets in the evenings.

If you fancy something a bit different then why not try one or two nights in the little wooden cabins-although very rustic from the outside I assure you they are warm, comfortable and carpeted on the inside with bathrooms and a small cooking facility. They are about $65per night and great if you fancy staying for the evening buffet and don’t fancy the drive back home.

The area is wheelchair accessible. The boats are not so good. Depending on the user they may be able to be helped into the boat. Toilets not so good-very small ordinary one in the restaurant. Some cabins may have wheelchair access as I did see ramps. The cabin I looked into had a narrow door into the bathroom-but there may be others more suitable.

To get there follow the signs toe Airboat Rides when travelling along the Osceola Parkway east.

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