Feel the excitement of getting close to Florida’s wild animals on an exciting airboat ride. The best way to see Lake Panasoffkee, Lake Harris or any other local bodies of water is by boat and airboats provide a unique way to observe the lake’s many native species. Airboats are a type of flat-bottomed boat powered by both a propeller and engine. They are common in swampy areas where other types of boats may not be as effective and they can navigate shallow water especially well.
Airboat tours are typically geared toward eco-tourism and feature viewing of various wildlife and lectures about the local ecosystem. Most commonly, airboat tours allow viewing of alligators, bald eagles in their native habitat, and a host of turtles and birds. Voice activated headsets allow passengers to listen to the knowledgeable captain as they speak about the river, the native species, and Florida’s amazing natural resources. The headsets also allow the tour group to ask questions and learn about the fascinating protected habitats that can only be found in Florida.
Many airboat services understand that tourists want a hands on experience and exciting photos to show the folks back home. This is why they often have a few “pets” at their visitor center including baby alligators and snakes, that can be handled.
Our Leesburg hotel is located nearby Tom & Jerry’s Airboat Rides.
By Becky Schaff