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“Real friendly down home folk”

Big Toho Airboat Tours
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Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Roseville, Michigan
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68 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Real friendly down home folk”
Reviewed November 8, 2011

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.

Visited November 2011
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English first
Pasadena, Maryland
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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Awesome!”
Reviewed August 11, 2011

We were staying in the Orlando area, about an hour drive, nice drive, well worth it! Capt Joe was awesome! This was our first airboat experience. We saw a "monster" gator and a couple smaller ones, one was hanging out right near where the boar was docked! Tons of birds and ducks. We were fortunate enough to have the boat to ourselves, me, my husband and my 10 year old daughter, she loved it! We even got to hold a gator. I would definitely recommend Big Toho to anyone interested in an airboat ride.

Visited August 2011
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“GREAT!!”
Reviewed July 11, 2011

The tour was super! We saw lots of big gators! It was well worth the drive!

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Fairfax VA
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Our captain had over 50 years of experience, and lots of enthusiasm.”
Reviewed May 17, 2011

This airboat ride was a lot of fun. Captain Jim was great because he has so much experience. I think he said that he's spent 55 years on the lake as a fisherman and tour guide. He knew what was going to happen before it happened. We saw a mother alligator and her babies (literally 5 feet from the boat). The cypress trees were also beautiful. Bring a camera. The typical road into the park is closed, so you have to go in from another direction (just be persistent).

Visited May 2011
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Berwick upon Tweed, United Kingdom
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129 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Absolutely Awesome”
Reviewed April 25, 2011

We picked up a voucher booklet and there were three air-boat companies in there. We went on-line and booked the cheapest, Big Toho.
We were apprehensive about booking the cheapest, but unnecessarily so.
We left at 10am for an hour long trip, it was fantastic! The thrill of the air-boat skimming along, the gorgeous scenery, the sight of baby alligators in their natural habitat and the added bonus of seeing close up a huge full grown alligator.
Add to that the professionalism and friendless of our captain, then the opportunity after wards of having a photo with a real live alligator.
We all agreed it was the highlight of our trip

Visited April 2011
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