The storefront and staff at Big Toho Airboat Tours is not what I expected from a very touristy area but after a few seconds of talking with the staff it is all good. Don't let the first impression fool you.
We were told that selling airboat rides in Kissimmee was recently outlawed by the city so... you get to buy a tee shirt and hold a real LIVE alligator to get your picture taken and the boat ride is free.
We arrived with only about 30 minutes notice and were allowed to join another group that scheduled a free ride. The woman and teen at the store were down home friendly types that act like real southern style neighbors.
The boat captain was fun and professional. After the safety briefing we headed out to see some alligators. There were plenty of birds and even some very large spiders but no alligators to be seen. The temperature was mid 60s F so most of the reptiles were below in warmer areas. The captain spent extra time telling interesting stories and stopping to give every chance to see something. He continually reminded the passengers about safety giving this good ol boy a professional feel. On the way back we did see a baby alligator and a large turtle so the trip wasn't a waste.
If you decide to visit for a tee shirt and ride be sure to go when it is warm out for the best chance.
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