I’ve been asked a lot of questions about our tours and I think we can help many people with this question and answer blog. If I forget to cover any questions you have, feel free to comment and I will get right back to you.
The most asked question is …… Isn’t the Florida Everglades further south? No, the Florida Everglades start in Orlando, so everywhere we take you for your tour IS part of the Everglades.
Do we need bug spray?” Short answer, no. We haven’t had any issues with bugs and because we are off the water before dark, no mosquitoes. So, you are welcome to spray on the bug spray, but its really not needed.
Sunscreen, YES! Our airboats are not covered. Sometimes it seems like Central Florida sits 3000 miles closer to the sun than the rest of the world, sunscreen is your best friend here! Us Floridians, when we shower in the mornings, it’s not water coming out, its sunscreen!
Winter tours are jackets needed…. As much as Florida only gets down to about 40-50 degrees, with our humidity is does get cold. One of our Captains is from Alaska and he said Florida cold is a different kind of COLD. Highly recommend for you to bring one.
Can you eat on the boats? Well, as long as you want to share everything your “trying” to eat with the people sitting behind you and the captain, it’s not a good idea. Our boats can get up to 35 mph on the water. Just imagine rolling all the windows down in your car and eat, it gets everywhere. So we do ask that you do not bring food on the boats.
Can we take an umbrella on the boat so we can be covered? Unfortunately, the only thing taking an umbrella will do is turn inside out, or fly out into the water. It just doesn’t work out for the poor little umbrella.
Rain gear? We offer rain gear in our office at check in, or you can bring your own. We do go out in the light rain, but no lightning. When it rains, we get to see some wildlife become very active. The fresh water hitting the lake cools it off and animals really enjoy it.
Do we need a parachute? No, even though the boat is called an “airboat”, it does not go into the air. The name comes from the fact that they had airplane motors and the props of an airplane. Now days, some airboats have car motors.
Can we hold or feed alligators? We do not have alligators at our office to hold, all the alligators you will see is 100% in the wild. As for feeding the alligators…..Absolutely not! It is against the law to mess with or feed a alligator in the wild. We do not want the wild alligators to connect food with people. They can become dependent on humans for food or they lose their sense of “fear” of people, which can become dangerous.
Can we tip our captain/guide? Yes you sure can. Captains greatly appreciate any gratuity offered.
Do we need reservations? Yes, we highly recommend calling in advance for a reservation. You can even purchase your tickets online ( orlandoairboattours.com ) pick your date, time, tour and how many people are going. We do have smaller airboats and the seats fill up quick.
Large group of people… No problem! We send boats out together, you get time to see the rest of your group, and come in together.
Are the airboats on a track? No, they are not. Each captain has full control when they go on each and every tour. Our captains enjoy exploring the different areas out there with all the wildlife to see.
Do we need a captain? Yes you do. All of our captains are Coast Guard Certified, and it’s not too easy to drive an airboat. If I was to try, I’d be spinning in circles for days.
Is it scary? Well, let me tell you about my first time on the airboat… I was terrified! But once I got on the boat and it started going on the water, its was so smooth and relaxing that I forgot about my fear. Its an adventure everyone should do.
Can my baby go on the boat? Yes, all ages are welcome on our tours. Children 6 and under MUST wear a life jacket, its the law. We provide those in the office when you check in.
Can we go at night? We do not do night tours. For 1 reason, all you see, if you have a flashlight, is the red eyes of the alligator. 2nd reason, bugs are everywhere. Its not much fun fighting bugs just to see eyeballs. We do however do sunset tours from November to March every year.
Can I sit in front, I want to be able to see… The captain will help in your seating, to maintain a good balance on the boat. Our airboats have 2 rows of stadium seating. No matter where you sit, you will see everything. Plus, our captains stop everywhere on their tours and let you stand and move around a bit.
Can someone in a wheelchair go? Yes they can, but we can not put the wheelchair on the airboat. It is very unsafe. Our captains will assist you and your passenger onto and off the airboat. Our ramp is wheelchair accessible and the dock lines right up with the boats.
Will we get wet? Not unless it rains. The only time you get a little mist is when the boat turns, but that’s more refreshing that wet.
I hope this has answered some of the questions everyone has been asking. Please feel free to let me know if there was anything that wasn’t addressed.
- Posted by Orlando Airboat Tours
- On September 16, 2021
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