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Orlando: Drive-Thru Safari Park at Wild Florida

1. Orlando: Drive-Thru Safari Park at Wild Florida

Discover the exotic animal species and native wildlife of the Wild Florida Airboats and Gator Park. Drive your vehicle through on a self-guided tour through the open areas of the park. See more than 100 exotic animals and native Florida wildlife like white-tailed deer, bison, cracker cows, zebras, watusi, and oryx. Check out a massive pond inside the park dedicated exclusively as a home for some alligators. Stop and hand-feed the incredible giraffes for a once in a lifetime experience.

Orlando: Boggy Creek Airboat Ride with Options

2. Orlando: Boggy Creek Airboat Ride with Options

The Central Florida Everglades are natural wonders, best explored with locals who know their backwaters. The beautiful landscape and expert guidance of your captain will make this tour a trip that you'll never forget. Guests on the Scenic Nature Tour explore narrow water trails engulfed in the brush of the Central Florida Everglades. On this tour you'll stop periodically, hoping to spot Florida's state reptile, the American Alligator, in its natural setting. Witness rare and endangered birds swooping effortlessly through the skies as the sunshine warms your body and the wind whips through your hair. Other wildlife abounds throughout the trip. This tour is perfect for groups and families looking to explore and learn about the unexpected side of Central Florida. A longer trip on a Detailed Nature Tour of 1-hour increases the number of encounters with Florida's wildlife, especially the American Alligator, which can reach up to 15 feet in length and 1,000 pounds. You'll experience nature right alongside turtles, bald eagles, blue herons, deer, and a wide variety of waterfowl in their natural environment, not in captivity. Be sure to also check out the Gem Mining Station. You will be able to purchase buckets filled with treasures that are native to Florida and take them to the mining station. While mining, you will discover various gems, alligator teeth, shark teeth, rocks, and other treasures. There will be an additional charge for gem mining bags or buckets. A restaurant with indoor or patio seating is available, where you can dine before or after your tour (at your own expense).

Orlando: 90-Minute Airboat Everglades Adventure Tour

3. Orlando: 90-Minute Airboat Everglades Adventure Tour

Discover Shingle Creek in Central Florida on a 1.5-hour airboat tour into the headwaters of the Florida Everglades. Travel back in time to the days before urban development and the theme parks of Orlando encroached on the Florida swamps. Go to the site where the largest living estuary in the world starts from a little creek, and capture the splendor of nature on your camera. Hear stories about the Native Americans and early settlers who carved their trails into the swamps. Travel by state-of-the-art, 8-12 passenger stadium seating boat for unobstructed views of the diverse wildlife and plant life. Venture into a natural, living environment of lush vegetation, and glide through swamp marsh and wet prairie land. Venture into the thick vegetation, looking for endangered American Bald Eagles, all sizes of American Alligator, and the many other species of wildlife that inhabit the largest sub-tropical eco-system in the continental United States.

Orlando: Manatee Encounter, Snorkeling, and Airboat Ride

4. Orlando: Manatee Encounter, Snorkeling, and Airboat Ride

Snorkel thorugh marine life in the Crystal Rive on this day trip from Orlando. Ride in a comfortable and airconditioned bus to Homosassa Springs State Park for a guided visit. Find out about manatees and go for an airboat ride on the Withlacoochee River. In the morning, head out to the beautiful Crystal River area to start your snorkeling adventure. Explore the river and admire unique wildlife in its natural habitat. Learn about the magnificent manatee and have the opportunity to see them up close. Next is a guided visit to the Homosassa Springs State Park. Discover local wildlife, including the endangered Florida panther, black bears, red wolves, bobcats, alligators, and more. Learn about the park’s manatee rehabilitation program and stop at an underwater observatory built over the mouth of a spring. Enjoy a packed lunch before heading to the Withlacoochee River, to end your day with an exciting airboat ride. Ride through this area which is another natural haven, where you can see more local wildlife. Feel the thrill of skimming over the water with an exhilarating trip in a flat-bottomed boat.

Orlando: Central Florida Zoo Skip-the-Line Ticket

5. Orlando: Central Florida Zoo Skip-the-Line Ticket

Skip the purchase lines with this admission ticket to Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens at Sanford. Come prepared to immediately start enjoying the animals, attractions, and eateries without the fuss of in-person ticket buying and long wait times. Learn about different animals from all over the world as you watch species such as bald eagles, leopards, bears, giraffes, alpacas, monkeys, porcupines, otters, mongooses, and more thriving in beautifully natural outdoor habitats along shaded pathways. Experience other enriching activities such as giraffe feeding, rhino encounter, and keeper chats, or indulge in some fun adventures such as searching for butterflies and caterpillars in the gardens or exploring the Herpetarium to see reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates from around the world. Cool off from the Florida heat with an enjoyable time at the Wharton-Smith Tropical Splash Ground or take a break at one of the various places to eat and drink.

Kissimmee: Boggy Creek Everglades Sunset Airboat Tour Ticket

6. Kissimmee: Boggy Creek Everglades Sunset Airboat Tour Ticket

Experience the excitement of watching the sun set in the Everglades with this airboat tour ticket from Kissimmee. Cruise through West Lake Tohopekaliga as the wetlands awaken for the night. Stay safe with the included hearing protection and life jacket. Check in before your tour and board the airboat. As the sun descends from the heat of the day into the evening watch as cattle start looking for a place to stay for the night, huge flocks of birds fly to their nesting sites, and creatures of the night begin moving out to enjoy the cooler weather. Discover territory that remains unaltered in the wilderness of the Central Florida Everglades. Look for alligators, turtles, and birds in their natural environment. Return to your starting point at the end of your tour.

Orlando: Wild Florida Adventure with Airboat Ride

7. Orlando: Wild Florida Adventure with Airboat Ride

When it comes to airboat eco tours, there is simply no comparison to Wild Florida. Just a short drive from the Orlando and Disney area, enjoy a beautiful day tour that guests of all ages will love. Travel deep into the protected swamps, marshes, and rivers that make up the Central Florida Everglades.  Get an in-depth look at the gators, birds, eagles, trees, and plants that can be found in the beautiful wetlands. This is natural and authentic Florida at its best. You won’t see any development, homes, or signs of human life. Come see for yourself how good it feels to be in the middle of nowhere. After the tour, explore an amazing park full of deer, turkey, bobcats, sloths, crocodiles, monster alligators, and much more. Visit the tropical bird aviary, hands-on alligator demonstrations, gift shop, and 500 ft. sightseeing dock.  Discover the Hawk Swamp boardwalk through a pristine Florida cypress swamp ecosystem. Don’t forget to pause for some pictures, as your family will get to take home a 6x8 to remember the day. Exploring is sure to work up an appetite so swing by the Chomphouse Grill for your BBQ Basket. There are many choices and you can even try some Gator bites. Wild Florida is properly insured with a fleet of US Coast Guard approved boats and captains.  This half-hour airboat adventure takes you to the # 1 airboat park in Central Florida. You should not visit Florida without experiencing an airboat ride - it truly is a unique experience.

Orlando: Wild Florida Airboats & Gator Park Experience

8. Orlando: Wild Florida Airboats & Gator Park Experience

When you want to see the wild side of Florida, we know the perfect place to give you a real thrill with the local wildlife – and much more besides! Wild Florida is a wonderful airboat ride and nature attraction carefully woven into the pristine countryside deep in Osceola County. Based on 3,000-acre Cypress Lake, it is the only sign of development for miles around and therefore offers a true taste of the real Florida we love to show our visitors. With almost 300 acres of its own, Wild Florida is the largest family-owned wildlife and adventure park in Central Florida, and its attractions include a raised boardwalk through a typical swamp, an extensive alligator park, exotic animal exhibits, and several shows. Then there is the signature new Drive-Thru Safari Park experience, a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with a variety of animals, both native and imported, including a chance to hand-feed the park’s giraffes. And we bring all this natural magnificence into play for our guests on this tour. After the gentle 35-mile drive in our comfy, air-conditioned vehicle, which takes around 50 minutes, we arrive in what they like to call “the Middle of Nowhere,” and then the fun really starts. We begin the early-morning adventure with the signature 30-minute airboat ride on Cypress Lake, where you are likely to see gators, eagles and other native wildlife on this thrilling flat-bottomed boat that is powered by a giant propellor and feels like flying at ground level! Then there is time to explore the 14-acre Gator Park and meet a compelling range of animals, from the endangered Florida panther to the adorable lemurs and lovable sloths. This is followed by an inclusive BBQ basket lunch at Wild Florida’s rustic Chomp House diner, with benches set under a lovely covered pavilion affording glorious lake views. Next, we whisk our group off for the undoubted highlight of the Drive-Thru Safari, where more than 100 native and exotic animals roam free and provide a real feeling of being on the African savanna. Finally, we disembark our vehicle for the close-up moment with the giraffes, where everyone gets the opportunity to pass out some tasty snacks to these ever-hungry loafers. As well as lunch, round-trip transport and the services of our certified guide, this tour also includes a bag of gator feed per person in the Gator Park, and one digital photo per group. Just as importantly, unlike other tour operators, there will be NO up-selling of any additional amenity. Everything is included for your full enjoyment without having to put your hand in your pocket for anything else, with our bus returning to Orlando in mid-afternoon. The only thing you have to bring is your camera – and your sense of Florida adventure!

Kissimmee: Boggy Creek Everglades Night Airboat Tour Ticket

9. Kissimmee: Boggy Creek Everglades Night Airboat Tour Ticket

Experience the thrill of a nighttime airboating adventure through alligator infested waters with this ticket for an Everglades airboat tour from Kissimmee. Stay safe with the included safety goggles and life jacket. Let your Coast Guard captain navigate through the wetlands in a well-maintained ship. Check in before your tour and board the airboat. Try to spot alligators, birds and other wildlife in their natural habitat. Move across the surface of the water in the wetlands at speeds up to 60 mph. Watch for the sparkle of alligator eyes glowing in the dark as they lurk patiently waiting for their next prey. Zoom through narrow trails of tall grasses without knowing what will be found around the next bend. Return to your starting point at the end of your tour.

Orlando: Shingle Creek Guided Kayak Tour with Picnic Lunch

10. Orlando: Shingle Creek Guided Kayak Tour with Picnic Lunch

Experience Florida's natural beauty with a guided kayak tour through Shingle Creek. Be picked up in Orlando and transported to Shingle Creek, where you'll have the chance to see local wildlife and enjoy a picnic lunch. Be picked up in Orlando and leave the hustle and bustle of the city for Shingle Creek, one of Central Florida's best-kept secrets. Hop in a kayak and follow your guide down the river and through the ancient cypress forests. See local wildlife, including turtles, birds of prey, and possibly alligators, all in their natural habitat. After your tour, enjoy a picnic lunch along the river before heading back to your pickup location.

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based on 67 reviews

Captain Andy was as amazing as he was knowledgeable. We saw some gators, bald eagle, and my new favorite the snail kite. We zipped and whipped through the narrow and shallow passageways adding to the adventure. I loved just zooming across the open water and having the wind blow in my hair. We came out for my nieces birthday and the whole staff really delivered. We got to take pictures with the shaman, feed the gators and mine for gems!! Everyone from the lovely woman who checked us in at the front gate to retails clerks who helped us shop. It was the best time our family is definitely coming back, since some didn't get to make the trip.

This is the best bang for your buck. In total it was about $65 for two people after taxes. This only includes the safari and the animal park. I spent about 2 hours driving the safari. After that I fed Walter the giraffe for $5. After feeding Walter I went to the animal park where I saw gators, pigs, goats, snakes, sloths, a panther and many more. I fed a good amount of goats for $5 that gave me three ice cream cones full of their food. I also fed the birds for $5 which was awesome. They landed on me and were eating out of my hand. I spent a total of almost 5 hours there.

Captain Logan was very knowledgable and showed us several female alligators , it was nice to be on a smaller boat so we could have a more personal touch, great afternoon out

Our captain was great and we loved the experience. They were very accommodating for weather and made sure we got our monies worth.

We had a great time, a saw lots of wildlife and heard a lot of history about the area