Airboat Rides at MIDWAY
28501 East Colonial Drive, Christmas, FL, USA
www.airboatridesatmidway.com - (407) 568-6790
Airboat Rides at MIDWAY Christmas Reviews
A fun, off the beaten path experience - a must-try if you are in the Orlando area! Dec 31, 2009
We went as a group of 5 adults, 1 teen, & 3 younger kids (7 through 10 yrs). There was something here for everybody, and every one of us left with a smile on our face.
The place is not too far from Disney, Universal, and SeaWorld. They are also on the way home (north) of Port Canaveral, so cruise people & Kennedy Space Center visitors could stop here conveniently as well.
There is something to see as soon as you park your car. The outside of the building is covered with murals, and there is also a turtle named Turtle who lives outside. When you go inside, they have a very affordable gift shop where nothing is overpriced, but the goods aren't cheaply made. They also have a HUGE pet pig named Pork Chop who lives inside (quite an unexpected sight!) and some exotic birds. The staff was super friendly and laid back. And that's all just when you get there!
The ride itself was amazing. The airboat ride goes over everglades in Central Florida using the swamp and St. John's River. Our guide, Captain Mike, was very knowledgeable about the area, including the wildlife, the river itself, and the Native Americans. He also accommodated our requests by doing some fun spins and going really fast to make the kids scream (tee hee!). We saw many different kinds of birds and huge alligators, and Captain Mike took us as close as possible without disturbing the animals. The Cypress trees are amazing, and something that is a must-see.
What I recommend: sunglasses & tissues! My face was leaking by the end of the ride… watering eyes, running nose, and drooling mouth from all the wind (nothing to block the wind).
Also affiliated with the airboat rides and located in the same building, but separately owned, is an alligator conservation group. Once you get off the airboat ride, they give you the opportunity to hold a baby alligator and also a larger alligator, and it's free to hold both of them. They do ask that you pay for the pictures, but all the money goes back to alligator conservation, so it's for a good cause. Oh, and a bonus... the big alligator peed on my niece. That "never happens" according to the staff... so I guess we felt special!
Also, a convenience (and one of their selling points) is that they actually have a building. All of the other airboat rides have somebody meet you at a dock and they bring the airboat. So it was nice to have the building and everything that it had to offer (restrooms, snacks, drinks, etc). And being Florida, they also had some cold ones available.
Part of the Florida 2009 travel blog
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