We had reservations for 11:00. Since we weren't sure how bad traffic would be we left early and got there about 10:10. The man in the office was able to call the boat back in so we didn't have to wait which we thought was really nice.
The office has an 'old Florida' feel which made for a great start to this adventure. There were large cages on the front porch containing a variety of beautiful parrots. They were the official 'greeters' I think since a couple kept saying hello to us. One also was a show-off doing his version of summersaults.
The facility is located on Trafford Lake with the Corkscrew swamp mostly surrounding it. The ride itself was thru the tall grasses around the lake. We saw lots of 'gaters', turtles and a raccoon running for his life fearing the sound of the airboat. Also saw lots and lots of birds including the elusive purple gallinule which was beautiful. The captain would stop so we could see the birds and wildlife up close and personal. As we looked he'd tell us about them. He was very knowledgable about the animals birds and fauna. Another thing I liked about this ride was the captain wasn't feeding the gaters or critters. Alligators love marshmallows but really - do we want alligators with toothaches wandering around? :)
For the $34.95/person fee I felt it was a great way to spend an hour. Someone mentioned a sign regarding tipping the captain. I didn't see the sign until I was stepping off the boat but already had money in hand. He was worth tipping. This is a trip I'd recommend to anyone visiting the area.
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