On a recent afternoon, I had the opportunity to visit Boggy Creek Airboat Rides, of Kissimmee, Florida. I have never gone on an airboat ride before, so this was a great treat. My half hour adventure was filled with high speed action, education about the natural wonders of Florida’s back country, and views of wildlife around every turn.

It goes without a doubt that you’ll see alligators when you tour with Boggy Creek Airboat Rides. I saw big alligators up close, but also deer, eagles, cattle grazing in the marsh, and some birds that are native to Florida’s marsh lands. There is plenty to see in this wild environment. Remember to bring a pair of binoculars and a small camera to capture those special moments.

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I thought that I would get soaked when riding on an airboat. Naturally, you may get a little spray from water getting kicked up from the fan on the back of the boat, but you won’t get soaking wet. Bring a backpack along to keep your camera and binoculars dry just in case. Passengers are provided with ear protection, as the airboat gets noisy. Remember to wear sunblock and adequate clothing for the season. These necessities will keep you comfortable during your adventure on the lake.

There are various airboat tours available, depending on the adventure you want to experience. Choose from a half hour or full hour scenic nature tour, to something more daring like the hour long nighttime tour or swamp excursion. Whichever tour you pick, you’re sure to have an exciting and memorable time out on the water. Magical Memories has brochures in the office for Boggy Creek Airboat Rides if you need more information on their services.

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Boggy Creek Airboat Rides has two convenient locations in Kissimmee, with the closest spot located just down the road from the Magical Memories’ office (south Poinciana Boulevard), and about 20 minutes from Disney World. There is a large outdoor area, perfect for picnics and family games after your airboat ride. On your next vacation to Orlando, remember to take a day off from the Disney parks to plan an authentic airboat ride for a memorable family-friendly experience.