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“Best Airboat Ride!”

Central Florida Airboat Tours
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Geneva
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Owner description: Half hour and One hour airboat tours on the marshes of the St. Johns river from Jolly Gator Fish Camp Bar& Grill. Great Florida food overlooking the St. Johns River. Prices start at just $20 each with a 3 pass. min. Call ahead for reservations and departure times RESERVATIONS REQUIRED
Lake Mary, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
46 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Best Airboat Ride!”
Reviewed January 9, 2014

I have taken 3 different airboat rides from separate companies, this was by far the best! We went in December as family was visiting and unfortunately due to our variable schedule we were not able to plan ahead. I called Central Florida Boat Tours at the last minute and explained the situation and the captain was very understanding and worked with us on short notice. December is not the time you would ordinarily think of an airboat ride but it was amazing. The weather was warm, the sky and water were beautiful and there were an amazing amount of birds in the area. We saw a huge flock of white pelicans and many roseate spoonbills. Many more migrating birds were there as well. We also saw several bald eagles. My grandson enjoyed the many alligators and the airboat ride itself. It was thrilling and the captains obvious love of the are was evident. Area covered was St John's river and Puzzle Lakes. Afterwards, we ate lunch at the Jolly Gator, famous for their Cajun fried gator bites, which were a bit hit! As a local I would definitely do this again!

Visited December 2013
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Sanford, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“3rd tour with Capt Bruce”
Reviewed August 20, 2013

We are locals and host friends and family from all over the country. I have taken 3 groups out with Capt Bruce and each time, following the ride, our friends/family said that they were apprehensive as they did not know what to expect. After the tour they all said it was one of the highlights of their visit. Capt Bruce is knowledgeable and as a life long resident provides his own insight to the St Johns river flood plane ecosystem. The fact that it is a smaller boat (about 6 people) and not one of the everglades barges makes the entire experience more personal. Keep up the good work Capt.

Visited August 2013
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Conway, South Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
115 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Second visit - as good as the first”
Reviewed May 29, 2013

This is an experience that anyone in the Orlando/Daytona area needs to enjoy. This is an hour (+) ride in an airboat through the marshes of the St. John's River. Alligators, Pink Spoonbills, Bald Eagles, Egrets, Herons, and many other birds. This is tour that takes you where the wildlife is.... This is our second trip, and we will be back the next time we are in the area. Well worth the $$.

Visited May 2013
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Darwen
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Fantastic hour on the swamp”
Reviewed February 20, 2013

The 1+ hour tour was exactly that - over an hour. Fantastic experience with lots of aligaitors and birds to see of all shapes and sizes.
Its a one man band and the guide is pationate about the swamp, really interested in giving folks a great time with an exillerating ride whilst respecting the wild life.
You should really book in advance - I didn't but was lucky enough to join a small group to make up the numbers.

Visited February 2013
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1 Thank Darwen_Explorer
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Longwood, Florida
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“About Central Florida Airboat Tours”
Reviewed January 17, 2013

WARNING!
When reading reviews about airboat tours keep in mind most companies do not offer half hour airboat rides and only offer 90 minute tours. Naturally if you spend over one hour on a boat you will have a better expierence to write a review than someone who took a half hour ride. This company offers two different tours. Airboat rides start at just $20 each for a half hour ride. This means every family can afford to enjoy an airboat ride. They also offer hour plus tours for those who want them at just $40 each. I hope they will continue to try to keep their prices affordable to meet every customer's budget.
Capt B

Visited January 2013
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