Instagator Airboat Rides
Instagator Airboat Rides
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This is an airboat ride eco tour through the St John River in Cocoa FL. We see an abundance of plant and animal life including alligators. My airboat is brand new and extremely powerful going into areas most cannot get to. It seats only 6 passengers and has live headsets for communication throughout the ride. Iced down bottled water is provided and passengers can bring their own if they wish!
Cocoa, Florida
Meets animal welfare guidelines

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2023

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Webb family
McMinnville, TN36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Family
Captain Mike was very professional and obviously skillful boat captain. Our first day out it started raining and turned cold within a few mins. He offered to reschedule for another day at no extra charge. Our next time out the sun was shinning and there were alligators everywhere. He gave us an exciting boat ride going down small waterways that didn’t look big enough for the boat. Even stopped on dry ground and we got out for a closer look at the area. If you love birds you will be thrilled with the numbers of birds on this ride. Even a bald eagle. Could not recommend this trip any higher. If there were 10 stars this trip would earn all 10.
Written January 15, 2021
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Mitch M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
My wife and I booked an airboat ride, and we left with as much desire to go again as we had before going! The scenery was beautiful, lots of wildlife to see.Tour guide was very personable and the perfect balance of humor, information, and entertainment. The boat is powered by a big block chevy and has tons of torque to handle the terrain. We are guaranteed to be back on our next vacation
Written July 8, 2020
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JanSeage1
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
My daughter's boyfriend from Massachusetts was in town and we decided that a ride with Captain Mike on the St John's was on the "top of the list" of things he must experience since he'd never been to Florida before. We have booked rides with Instagator for our out of town visitors many times in the past and it's always been an excellent tour. Let me tell you, this time was no different. It once again was a great experience. Captain Mike knows the river like the back of his hand and his airboat is clean and in tip-top condition. We saw so many alligators! He pointed out a bunch of baby alligators hiding along the grasses on the river bank and then we saw the BIG MONSTER alligator that he estimated to be 12' long. We saw many varieties of birds...even some bird eggs, some soft shelled turtles (big and small), many cows, and even a black racer snake. Captain Mike is full of great info about the St John's river eco system and has great stories. On the way back to the dock, he played some fun music that we could hear through the headsets as we cruised along. I highly recommend Captain Mike and Instagator Airboat rides...you won't be disappojnted!!
Written June 16, 2022
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CaribbeanCruiser86
Buffalo, NY165 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
I contacted this place several times for a reservation for 9/3/22 with zero communication back. I called multiple times, as well as texted as his voicemail instructs to do. Never heard back. My wife reached out several times as well. We finally got in touch with him the last week of August and told him we wanted to book for Saturday 9/3. He said no one has booked yet so we can either pay for another spot to run the tour or hold off to see if others book. He told us he would contact us back the following week as it got closer. Now here's the kicker, he didn't know we I was looking to book, we could have been two different people. He could have said "wait I received a few calls and texts for the same date let me reach out to that person too". He didn't even want a deposit to secure the date. Neither of us got a call back so Thursday (9/1) comes around and we call him. He said "oh no we ain't going out, everyone is going to be watching the artemis (launch)". He didn't say I'm sorry for the inconvenience is there another day that works for you. Didn't have a care in the world to call us to let us know he was going to be closed that day. We ended up booking another airboat tour 30mins away in Christmas, FL - Airboat Rides by Midway, it was cheaper and a lot more convenient to book a tour. I do not recommend Instagator Airboat rides.
Written September 12, 2022
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Jim Melton
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Cpt. Mike will do everything he can to give you a memorable experience. From the reservation process to a really fun ride, it was perfect. Our party of four particularly enjoyed seeing the gators being so active. Many beautiful eagles, herons, cranes. About half way through the ride Mike pulled the boat up on a sandy beach. About a quarter mile away there were a couple of horses. Mike whistled, and they trotted over to us. Mike had carrots for all of us to give to the horses. Fun. If you want a great airboat ride, you'll be happy with Instagator.
Written March 19, 2020
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Beth R
Gillette, WY36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Family
This was our second time riding with captain mike. It was just as awesome. He has a great sense of humor and knows the area well. The boat was awesome and roomy and in great condition. The headsets are awesome so you can hear others when the boat runs. We did the two hour ride this time and it was worth every penny. Thanks again. Highly recommended!!
Written June 28, 2020
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shemacmol
Minneapolis, MN2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Family
We book this tour and it was the first major attraction we did when we got to Cocoa beach. Captain Mike is a very skilled boat captain and knowledgeable beyond belief about the area and all wildlife. Great tour, my only recommendation is book it toward the end of your visit to the area because it will be hard to top the experience after.
Written March 4, 2022
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Rosemary R
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Captain Mike was a great guide! He was very informative and showed that he really cares about his job. The early morning tour was fantastic as we saw many alligators and other wildlife as well as cattle. I would highly recommend this tour. Thanks again Captain Mike!
Written September 12, 2022
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Nikki S
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
What a fantastic time skimming across the reeds Captain Mike swinging the air boat around the tight corners surprising gators left and right. The best adventure with lots of laughs and trills. Thanks
Written January 19, 2020
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sheila m
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Family
Captain Mike was amazing! He is very knowledgeable, shared lots of information on the wildlife as well as the area, you could tell he truly enjoys what he does. The airboat ride was our favorite thing we did while on vacation in the Cocoa Beach area and everyone had so much fun!
We saw all kinds of wildlife from alligators to cattle, and birds of all kinds.
I would highly recommend Intagator Airboat Rides and Captain Mike hands down!
Written March 3, 2022
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