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What to expect on an Airboat tour..FAQ

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. One of the most common questions is, "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!  Most of our airboats are not covered right now, it's so pretty out and we would like our guests to see everything that is in the water and in the air.  Since 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! 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. 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.  Imagine driving in a car, roll down the window and hold the open umbrella out.  Yep, that's exactly how it is on an airboat. Rain gear?  We offer rain gear in our office ant 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...

Rods, reels, line and baits

When your heading out the door in the morning, you want to make sure you are prepared for what you are going fishing for. For instance,  your not going to take a big 8 foot rod with 100 pound test line to go out bream or speck fishing, that's overkill and you would never feel the fish bite the bait.   So, we're going to talk about some of the basic tackle you will need to head out for a fun day of fishing. Rods, there are so many different types of rods.  We are talking about casting, spinning, fly, trolling, telescopic...

Cotton Mouth……aka….. The Water Moccasin

The Water moccasin is a very venomous snake, in other words, they are poisonous.   Sadly, harmless snakes are often killed out of fear for the safety of family and pets.  But, all snakes bite, so even if they are not venomous it can still hurt.    So, how can you tell if its a Moccasin?  Lets look at some of their features. Water Moccasins have bodies that are very thick and heavy for the length and short thick tails.  Their heads are blocky with a thinner neck.  Adults are very dark, almost black.   A young water moccasin appears brightly colored with red-brown bands that extend across its back and down its sides without crossing the belly, set against a brown body color.   If you look at the snake's head when it's flat on the ground or from above it, you can't see its eyes.  Large, plate like scales cover the top of the head, and pits (holes)  right between the nostril and the eye helps scene heat from other animals for food. Water moccasins are present as three species.  Living across Florida, the Florida Moccasin has a native range that includes the upper Florida Keys and parts of extreme southeastern Georgia.  The eastern moccasin ranges from the Carolinas and Georgia to southeastern Virginia.  The western moccasin has the largest range in that it lives in eastern Texas, Oklahoma, eastern Cherokee County in Kansas, Louisiana, Arkansas, southern Missouri, western Tennessee and even the extreme southern regions of Indiana and Illinois, as well as Mississippi, western Kentucky and Alabama. So, no matter where you are at, always be aware of what is around you.  ...

Sunset Tours

Sunset Airboat Tours

There is something to say about watching the sun rise or set over water.  People flock to the beaches just to see the sun break the horizon or watch as the last rays of light sets down into darkness.  Well, imagine sitting on an airboat with friends or loved ones, listening to the birds chirp, feeling the light cool breeze of the wind, while watching the sun set down behind the trees.  This is our sunset tour!   You have a small airboat (6-8 ppl)  gliding across the water and swampy areas of the lake, seeing alligators, birds, snakes, otters and so much more, just to finish off with the most amazing view of the sunset. We offer a 1 hr, 90 min and 2 hr sunset tour only during November - April, so come out and see for yourself what a breathtaking view this truly is....

Bald Eagles

The American Bald Eagle

The Bald Eagle has been the national emblem of the United States of America since 1782!  Their not really bald, but their white head and brown bodies make it seem like they are.   Bald Eagles are one of the largest birds in the world.  Their wingspan is an amazing 7 foot wide, they weigh between 7-15 pounds and stand around 28-38 inches tall! Living near water, bald eagles eat fish, ducks, snakes, turtles, rabbits and, yes, dead animals.  They use their great sense of sight and strong claws, also known as talons, to grab and kill their prey.   Bald eagles attack their prey by diving down on them at an angle and can reach speeds of up to 100 mph when diving. At around 4-5 years of age, the Eagle begins to choose a mate.   Once they have found a mate, its for life.  If one dies, they will choose another mate.  They make their homes in large trees near water (both fresh and salt), bald eagles build huge nests, called eyries, out of sticks, moss and leaves.  Generally, their nests are at least 2 ft deep and 5 ft across but can be bigger.  These nests have been known to weigh up to 2000 lbs.  So don't think you can just find one and take it home. A mating pair has up to three eggs a year, though it is not likely that all three will survive.  Both parents take turns keeping the eggs warm.  Yes, dad does his part also.  While one is warming the eggs, the other searches for food or more nesting materials. It only takes a little over a month and the eggs hatch.   Bald eagles are not born with their beautiful brown and white look. When baby eaglets hatch, their entire bodies are covered with light gray feathers.  Around...

Did you know…strange animal facts

Lets dive into something a little bit different.   I'm always looking for something to learn about that's out of the ordinary, and I think I found some interesting information about the wonderful world of wildlife. **  The bumps on alligators are called Scutes, they are hard bone that protect them.  They are covered with them,  from head to tail.                  **  Elephants are the only animal that can't jump, the bones in elephant legs are all pointed downwards, which means they don’t have the “spring” required to push off the ground.                                                                                                                                                                                        **  A sloth takes 2 weeks to digest their food.                                                                                                                                                                                **  Octopuses have 3 hearts, Two of the hearts work exclusively to move blood to the animal’s...

Sandhill Cranes and babies

Sandhill Cranes

Some people do not know what a Sandhill Crane is.  Well, they are very large, tall birds with a long neck, long legs, and very broad wings.  They weigh between 6-14 pounds and stand between 3-5 feet tall.   Their bodies are grey, the forehead and top of the heads are covered with reddish skin and face, chin, upper throat, and nape are white to pale gray, and their legs and toes are black.  The male and female look a lot alike, except males are bigger. They mate for life, but if one show die, they do find another mate.  They female chooses their partners based on dancing displays. The male birds stretch their wings, pump their heads, bow, and leap into the air.   They then build their nests from the dominant vegetation, such as cattails, bulrushes, or grasse, using dried plant materials early in the season and adding green materials later on.  The female lays 1-3 eggs, it takes around 30 day to hatch, but sadly, most of the time only 1 baby makes it to fledging.  I personally think they look like baby chickens with long legs when the are born.  They eat a variety of animals, including frogs, small animals, insects and snakes, along with grains. Adults will often feed the little ones earthworms and grubs.   Mated pairs and their babies stay together all through the winter, until the 9 to 10 month old babies finally separate from their parents the following spring.  They spend their winter in Florida, Texas, Utah, Mexico and California.  The Florida sandhill crane is protected by the U.S. Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and can not be hunted. So, the next time your in Florida, look for these amazing birds....

Kissimmee Florida….where it all began!

The History of Kissimmee goes all the way back to 1883.  Originally, the area was known as Allendale, named after JH Allen, a Confederate major who operated a cargo steamboat on the Kissimmee River.  It was later renamed Kissimmee after the Native American name ‘Cacema’, which means long water. Thanks to a large drainage operation and the use of the Kissimmee River for boat transportation, the area grew quickly.  The Kissimmee shipyard was to keep up with the demand for large steamships. At the same time, the South Florida railroad extended to Kissimmee,  and the area grew quickly.  But there were a few unfortunate events that happen, including The Panic of 1893, freezes in 1894 and 1895 and the relocation of the steamship operations,  left them depending mostly on cattle ranching. Kissimmee still has amazing historical areas for people to enjoy.   The Osceola County Courthouse, dated back to 1890,  is the oldest and still in use court house in the state.   Pioneer Village at Shingle creek has an 1898 "Cracker House," a 1900 general store, pioneer artifacts, blacksmith shop, sugar cane mill and an eight-acre pristine nature preserve under 100-year-old trees.   Every April, cowboys, horses and cattle take over downtown Kissimmee as a cattle drive makes its way to the rodeo arena. There are many stores and restaurants on Main St in our Historical district, so stop by and enjoy the day....