It’s a cool morning, and there’s a light mist hovering just above the still waters of Lake Tohopekaliga near Kissimmee. A large turtle pops its head above the water, takes a quick breath and disappears with only a slight ripple to show it was there. Suddenly, a Great Blue Heron glides by and lands gently in the shallow water only a few feet away. Flocks of White Egrets can be seen flying in the distance along with many other Florida water birds. Against the cobalt blue sky an Osprey hovers for a few seconds before plummeting to catch its unsuspecting prey just below the surface of the water. Although this may sound like a description from early in the last century, it is a common occurrence for guests going on Boggy Creek Airboat Rides.
Boggy Creek Airboat Rides has two locations, one on Lake Tohopekaliga (also known as Lake Toho), and another on East Lake Toho. The company operates the largest airboat fleet in the U.S., with boats that can carry from six to seventeen passengers each. It offers affordable airboat rides that give guests a chance to see and experience the old Florida. Whether it’s one of the continuously running half-hour tours, the Extreme Swamp Safari or the hour-long night tour, guests of all ages consistently say it’s the highlight of their Central Florida vacation. Together, the Boggy Creek Airboat captains, who are also the tour guides, have nearly 100 years of experience, so you are guaranteed to receive accurate and up-to-date information on every ride.
Regardless of where you call home, a chance to glide across the water can be a once-in-a-life-time experience. Many guests say moving effortlessly across the water gives them the sensation of flying. The airboats can easily skim across any depth of water, and even go onto dry land. Plus you’ll be able to get safely up-close-and-personal to alligators, nesting birds, and any other wildlife that happen to be out and about
It’s also one of the safest adventures you’ll ever experience. Safety is top priority. Once on board, the captain gives a safety briefing to ensure guests know the dos and don’ts, and what to expect on the tour before you leave the dock. In addition, each person receives a set of hearing protection earmuffs to help reduce the noise from the large engine and airplane propeller that’s needed to move the boat forward.
The birdlife is so abundant that nearly all of Florida’s water birds can be seen while taking in the sights, sounds and fresh air. Some other species, like alligators, are a bit more fickle, and seeing them depends on the time of day, season and weather. The captains are also professional guides, and make sure you see whatever animals are roaming around during your tour.
In addition to being one of the premier Central Florida attractions, the company is a caring corporate citizen within the community. Margie and Chris Long started Boggy Creek Airboat Rides in 1994 with one airboat, and a commitment to offer guests a unique, affordable, and fun experience. Nowadays, there seems to be little loyalty between employers and employees. This is certainly not true at Boggy Creek Airboat where some employs have been with Margie and Chris since the early days. Margie and Chris make it abundantly clear everyday that their employees are the company’s greatest assets. In this day and age, that’s indeed a unique concept, and one that other companies should adopt. The owners know that happy, secure employees help ensure happy guests.
For the most up-to-date information about prices, times and weather conditions at both locations, call 407.344.9550 or go to www.bcairboats.com. Their friendly and knowledgeable staff will provide the latest information to ensure your experience is one you will never forget. Also, don’t forget they offer group rates and welcome school groups.
|Mike Cooney, Cooney World Adventures – In 2008, Mike and his wife Catrell decided to sell virtually everything they owned to take their three teenage sons on an around the world trek. Their year long odyssey included six continents, 22 countries and more than 61,000 miles. They have traveled to nearly 50 countries, and now own and operate a full-service travel agency. They use their first hand travel knowledge to help others experience exciting adventures too. Contact Mike and Catrell at www.cooneyworldadventures.com or call 407.477.5833.|
Originally Published on May 17th, 2012