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“Alligator Experience!”

Black Hammock Adventures
Ranked #1 of 4 Tours in Oviedo
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Black Hammock Adventures is an exciting "Real Florida" lakeside experience like nowhere else just outside the City Beautiful, Orlando! Our airboat rides will take you on a thrilling exploration of Lake Jesup which has the largest alligator population in Florida. Our airboats are U.S. Coast Guard approved and driven by Licensed Master Captains. Every airboat tour includes your own personalized photo (with your own camera) holding our resident baby gator, Lucy. Get 10% at the Black Hammock Restaurant using your airboat ride ticket stub. Great for the whole family! Our on-site restaurant serves up your favorite Florida delicacies fresh daily. Try our Catfish Nuggets, Gator Bites, or Bangin' Shrimp! The Lazy Gator bar is open seven days a week and serves 2-4-1 Margaritas all day every day. Book your event with us! Our venue provides a unique backdrop for your corporate outing, birthday, field trip and much more.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase
Reviewed June 13, 2013

Went with my family on a groupon package. Staff is great, small gift shop was fun to browse. Was really windy the day we went, but captain did his best to get us some great viewing experience. Overall a fantastic value, kids loved it. Ear protection helped out, the boat is loud!! Afterwords we stopped in and had some "gator", have to try it, if only to say you did. I recommend Black Hammock to all, my kids still love to wear the t-shirt (it came with our groupon package).

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Reviewed May 29, 2013

I took a corporate group here, and we had a great time. It's authentic "Old Florida." We didn't go on the airboat ride due to the weather, but the staff was so friendly and accommodating that no one minded. We had a fun team building exercise which the bartenders were happy to help us with, danced to the DJ's music, which fluctuated in genre perfectly to span the ages of our group, and had a really fun dinner. The whole group raved about it.

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Reviewed May 28, 2013

If you want to see Florida as it 'was' (and in some places, still is), take a walk here and see very interesting native plants and animals. A good break from the theme parks.

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Reviewed May 28, 2013

My husband and I took some friends and family out to Black Hammock to take an airboat ride and see some alligators. We've lived in Florida almost our entire lives but I had never been on an airboat ride.

The airboat takes you out through the St. Johns river system and across Lake Jesup to Bird Island. Sticking near the shore you see all sorts of local flora and fauna, including herons and egrets, and especially alligators!
We were lucky enough to get to see a flock of black-tipped Pelicans who are only in the area for one month out of the year.

Bird island was AMAZING! It's a very small island in the middle of Lake Jesup but surrounded by marsh - and totally inhabited by birds. We even were lucky enough to see a bald eagle!

Make sure that you eat at the restaurant AFTER you ride the airboat - each ticket has a 10% off coupon, which we couldn't use since we had already eaten.

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Reviewed May 7, 2013

We recently took two groups of visitors on the airboat tour - and loved it. We learned a few things - they give AAA discounts IF you ask, and there are often Groupon deals but reservations for a groupon need to be made 24 hrs. in advance (even though the phone message doesn't indicate this).

We took the 30 minute ride and really enjoyed it. Our guide said that during the colder months, more alligators can be seen in the AM as they are coldblooded, and warming up for the day. In the pm, they are often cooling off in the lake, but we saw more on our evening ride than on a morning ride, so it seems to be hit or miss. Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly, and in addition to looking for alligators, he shared lots of information about the other birds and wildlife which we saw. Definitely off of the beaten track for Orlando, but a fun adventure that our guests enjoyed more than the theme parks. We appreciated that they provided ear protection.

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