First, let me say that Black Hammock is not exactly right around the corner, but don't let that deter you! On the backroads to get there, you get to see a little bit of Old Florida, which is rapidly disappearing. Once you get there, it WILL initially strike you as a biker bar, but go forth! Tickets are sold in the gift shop, and the regular 30 minute tours leave every half hour.
While you're waiting, grab a drink from the bar and sit under the canopy. From there you can see some large bird-of-prey nests in the old growth trees around the dock, and even catch a glimpse of some of the baby alligators that hang out in the canal.
Once you're on the airboat (BTW, you lucked out if Jamie is your captain) try to get a seat on the left side of the boat. To me, it seemed to have the best views, and you were closer to the 'action'. On our trip we saw TONS of alligators, large and small, as well as one that had just caught lunch!
After your trip, grab some lunch in the restaurant and chill. Totally worth the trip!
One quick note: Try to get there early in the morning or after the heat of the day has passed, because the gators like to go hide in the reeds whennit gets too toasty.
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