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Boggy Creek Airboat Rides With Kids

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The Boggy Creek Airboat Rides are some of the best airboat rides in all of Florida. In my opinion, there really is no better way to explore the Everglades and get close to its ferocious residents than on a high-powered airboat. 

During our previous trips to Florida, we’ve been out on a Boggy Creek Airboat Tour and loved it. Departing from Kissimmee, just a 40-minute drive south of Orlando, the tours are relatively easy to get to—especially if you’ve hired a car—making them a great activity to break up theme park days.

Boggy Creek Airboat Ride in Orlando, Florida

If you’ve never been to Kissimmee before, then I highly recommend checking out other attractions in the area, as there are even some great free things to do in Kissimmee with kids, meaning the trip down will be all the more worthwhile.

So, if you’re thinking about adding an airboat tour to your Florida itinerary, then here is all you need to know about Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures.

Tourists on the Boggy Creek Airboat Ride in Orlando, Florida

What to Expect on the Boggy Creek Airboat Adventure

Driving down to the Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures is an adventure all in itself, as you’ll mainly be driving down backroads—a striking contrast to Orlando and its maintained highways. 

Whilst you are waiting for your tour, check out the baby gators, the prospecting area and the Native American exhibit.

Once you’ve checked in, you’ll be taken down to the airboats, and a staff member will equip you with noise-blocking earphones and a life vest. The fan that powers the airboat is extremely loud, so the earphones are a necessity. My youngest daughter fell asleep during the ride though!

I also recommend wearing long sleeves: once you stop to look at the wildlife in the swamp there are so many bugs!

Each boat can hold around 25 people plus the driver, so you may be sat next to other groups or couples for the duration of the tour, depending on how busy it is. One thing I will say is that these boats can—and will—go fast, so hold onto any loose items like hats or sunglasses. 

After you get going, the driver will point out birds, turtles, and, of course, gators, giving you some interesting facts about the different species along the way.

Boggy Creek Alligator
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The gators we’ve seen on our past trips have been no bigger than 4 feet. But it is still a really cool experience to see them in their natural habitat. 

After your ride is complete, you may also get to hold a baby gator and learn more about the conservation work Boggy Creek is doing. However, this isn’t a guarantee, so it really does depend on the day! 

Boggy Creek airboat baby alligators, Orlando, Florida
Credit: Carrie Bradley/Visiting Orlando With Kids)

Other Things to Do at Boggy Creek

Along with the airboat tours themselves, Boggy Creek also has some other great attractions that you won’t want to miss. 

One of the first things you can do upon arriving at Boggy Creek is feed baby gators. And my girls thought this was the coolest thing ever as it’s not every day you get up close to an alligator, is it? 

Another attraction you can participate in is mining in Boggy Creek’s 70-foot mine. It’s a similar experience to panning for gold. However, you’ll discover semi-precious stones and gator teeth, so it’s definitely a fun add-on for the little ones.

prospecting at Boggy Creek airboat ride
Credit: Carrie Bradley/Visiting Orlando With Kids)

With the gem mining experience, you’ll also have access to a Native American village where you can learn all about the Seminole Indians (Central Florida’s indigenous tribe) and discover how they survived—and still survive—in the swamp. 

Boggy Creek Air Boats Native American camp
Boggy Creek Air Boats Native American camp Credit: Carrie Bradley/Visiting Orlando With Kids)

Plus, to top it all off, Boggy Creek has a lakeside BBQ where guests can enjoy burgers, hot dogs, and sandwiches. 

Tourists on the Boggy Creek Airboat Ride with kids in Orlando, Florida
Credit: Carrie Bradley/Visiting Orlando With Kids)

How Long Does a Boggy Creek Airboat Tour Take? 

Boggy Creek Airboat Adventure offers its guests a few different tour options, with the main tours lasting either 30 or 60 minutes—it’s completely up to you which one you pick!

The company also offers other tour packages, with the first being a seasonal private tour that, again, can last 30 or 60 minutes. During the private tour, you’ll have a captain and an airboat to yourself. And the best part is you can ask for the boat to go at a leisurely or slightly nerve-wracking speed. 

Another tour Boggy Creek runs is a one-hour sunset tour, which takes you out on the lake to see the sunset and witness wildlife which you may not be present on a regular day tour. 

And the final tour package is a one-hour night tour—considering alligators are nocturnal, you’re pretty much guaranteed to come face-to-face with some of Boggy Creek’s fearsome residents. 

The Cost of a Boggy Creek Airboat Tour

Understandably, the cost of the Boggy Creek Airboat Tours varies depending on the package you choose. However, here are the current costs for tour tickets before tax. 

30-minute tour: Adult (11+) tickets are $35, while child tickets are $30. 

1-hour tour: Adult (11+) tickets are $55, while child tickets are $50.

Sunset tour: Adult (11+) tickets are $68, while child tickets are $58.

Night tour: Adult (11+) tickets are $73, while child tickets are $63.

Supreme package: An additional $25 for adults and $19.41 for children.

Supreme packages include a 30 or 60 minute airboat ride, lunch, prospector gem mine & park admission, nectar for butterfly feeding, and a souvenir cup.

Infants under 2 ride the airboats for free. 

Where is the Boggy Creek Airboat Tour?

The Boggy Creek Airboat Adventure Tour is roughly a 40-minute drive southeast of Orlando in Kissimmee. We’ve found that the easiest way to get there is by driving. So, in my opinion, hiring a car while visiting Florida is highly beneficial.

You could also get an Uber, which costs around $40 each way if you don’t have access to a car.

Boggy Creek Airboat Tour Address: 2001 E Southport Road, Kissimmee, Florida, 34746

Boggy Creek Airboat Adventure Opening Hours and Website

The Boggy Creek Airboat Adventure is open seven days a week from 9 am to 5:30 pm. You can find out more information regarding the tours and the company as a whole over on the Boggy Creek Airboat Tours website.

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