Explore Central Florida Wildlife by Boat!


There are many Orlando Boat Tours through the lakes and streams of central Florida. Orlando is a prime spot for a boat tour. You can explore the best of the area with an air boat ride that will whisk you across the miles of wetlands and grassy marshes.

If you’re looking for something less hectic why not try a peaceful and serene river cruise. Here are the best picks for boat tours in Orlando:

Boggy Creek Air boat Rides

They’re a tradition for the Kissimmee area, offering a Wildlife Safari tour including an off-road expedition on the giant monster truck, giving you a targeted view of the free-roaming wildlife.

Try something a little different with a one hour night airboat tour; this one begins after sunset, taking you through a hunt for the Florida Alligator. The standard half hour airboat tour will take you and 17 other passengers across the waters and wilderness of the Central Florida Everglades. Call (407) 344-9550 for tickets and reservation information or see the Boggy Creek Airboats website.

Boggy Creek Air boat Rides are included with a Go Orlando Card.

Glades Adventures

It’s a full hour of fun with the offering by Glades Adventures. The entire family can enjoy a classic airboat ride on board the six passenger boats. The ride travels across 22,500 acres of marshes, wetlands, creeks, and swamps.

You’ll see a variety of native animals, plants, and land formations throughout the area; don’t be surprised to come across an American alligator, whitetail deer, rare bald eagles, or heron! A 2-hour night time alligator trip is also available, for an entirely new perspective. Just call (407) 891-2222 for more information.

Winter Park

Just a half hour away in Winter Park, you’ll explore the historic district and via its canals. Winter Park is the place to find some of Florida’s most beautiful gardens, brimming with topical plants, flowers, birds, and small islands.

You’ll visit with whooping cranes, tropical fish, and maybe even catch a glimpse of an alligator. The hour-long cruise takes you through a 12-mile stretch through Winter Park, and each tour leaves on the hour. Call (407) 644-4056 for ticket information.

Orlando Boat Tours Tips

You can find easy directions to local boat tours in the fold out maps available free from convenience stores, hotels and the airport. They often include discount coupons for airboat rides.

Air boat rides can be fast and noisy. You’ll be provided with ear defenders, but be prepared to secure your hats, sunglasses and anything you don’t want to lose!

The best time to see wildlife is earlier in the day – as early as possible as this is the time of most activity. Once the sun gets high in the sky, animals and birds tend to be resting in a shady spot. Also, night time is another good time to see wildlife.

Orlando Boat Tours & Further Information

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