Written by Kristen Schmutz
Belden Communications News
Taking an airboat tour is one of the most exhilarating experiences Florida locals and visitors can ever experience, especially when you book that tour with the knowledgeable, friendly, and experienced staff at Airboat Rides at Midway.
Here are ten things to know before taking an Airboat Tour with Airboat Rides at Midway.
Warmer weather in Spring and Summer means hotter, more humid conditions, while the Fall and Winter months bring dryer air and cooler temperatures. During inclement weather, Airboat Rides at Midway does not run tours in the rain, so you may have to wait for it to clear up before heading out on the Airboat; therefore, guests are encouraged to check weather conditions on the morning of their scheduled tour. It is recommended that guests layer up for an Airboat Tour during “Florida’s winter," as there can be a fifteen-degree drop in temperature while the boat is in motion.
Depending on the time of day you choose to book your tour can mean hotter or cooler temperatures, the amount and type of wildlife you could see, and an increased chance of inclement weather. Varying temperatures throughout the day can affect a guest's wildlife experience, as cooler temperatures in the winter months mean there could be less of a chance of alligator sightings. Staff recommends that guests book late morning and afternoon tours during the fall and winter due to cooler morning temperatures and early morning tours during the spring and summer due to hotter afternoon temperatures.
Guests should wear sunscreen before they arrive for their Airboat tour as you will be seated in an open-air custom airboat with Airboat Rides at Midway. Sunscreen should not only be applied if the sun is visible, as guests can still get a sunburn on overcast days because the clouds do not block harmful UVA and UVB rays from penetrating your skin. Sunglasses are also recommended, but guests should avoid wearing a hat while on tour.
It is important to remember that you are safe while on an Airboat Tour with Airboat Rides at Midway. The custom fleet of Airboats used at Airboat Rides at Midway are U.S. Coast Guard inspected and certified, and all captains are U.S. Coast Guard Certified Master Captains. The knowledgeable and experienced staff will lead you on an exciting adventure over the St. John’s River to give a fun and unique experience.
Guests will want to commemorate their Airboat Tour and are encouraged to bring cameras to capture rare and unique images of the scenery and wildlife on tour. The stadium seating on the custom fleet of airboats allows for excellent visibility and unique photo opportunities. Guests may see Florida alligators, bald eagles, otters, blue herons, and other wildlife that call the St. John’s River home.
Guests should avoid wearing hats and make sure long hair is pulled back in a ponytail, as the Airboats can travel up to 45 MPH while gliding down the river, but they do not maintain that speed the entire tour. Your hair will fly around out-of-control while you are on an airboat if it is not in a ponytail, so it is recommended that you bring a hairbrush or a hat for when you are back on land.
Airboats use a unique engine that has no mechanical parts below the water's surface and are propelled by a fan and steered by stick-controlled rudders at the back of the boat so it can be a little loud. The fan and its rudders allow the Airboat to cruise across the different terrain with ease, giving guests the ultimate experience. Airboat Rides at Midway supplies noise-canceling headsets.
The knowledgeable U.S Coast Guard Certified Master Captains guide you on an hour-long narrated tour down the St. John’s River, giving you plenty of fun facts and information about the St. John’s River, also known as the Central Florida Everglades. These captains provide guests with the "Real Florida" experience, which will leave you wanting to come back for more.
The river is a natural paradise teeming with wildlife and native vegetation. While you are on tour, you will have the chance to see Florida alligators, bald eagles, otters, blue herons, and other wildlife. Guests have also seen cows, calves, and bulls grazing on the riverbank of the St. John’s River. However, there is no guarantee that guests will see alligators, or other wildlife while on tour due to the weather or season.
While the Airboat Tours from Airboat Rides at Midway is only an hour-long journey, your wildlife experience does not end with the tour. Airboat Rides at Midway offers its guests a chance to hold a baby alligator at the end of every Airboat Tour. They are also home to other animals that guests can interact with, like snakes, birds, and the infamous Porkchop the Pig. Be sure to meet all the Airboat Rides at Midway pets, for the ultimate Midway experience.
When you book a tour with Airboat Rides at Midway, you will be in good hands with our friendly, knowledgeable, and experienced staff. Let Airboat Rides at Midway give you the real Florida experience today!