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“well organized once in a lifetime event”
Review of Airboat Adventure

Airboat Adventure
Ranked #6 of 87 Tours in Panama City Beach
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: You will be amazed as you glide through just inches of water in the creeks and marsh area's off of the Intracoastal Waterway just 5 minutes from the beach. Look for wild Alligators, dolphins, birds of all kinds and more...DO NOT go to the hair dresser before you go on this tour! Live gator shows Wed-Sat 7ft gator..."BUBBA", fully voice and hand command trained, you WILL NOT see this anywhere else!!! Get your picture taken with a live alligator too! Our captains and crew are the best in the business! We've set the standard that others have to follow! North Florida's ORIGINAL Airboat and Alligator adventure!
Chicago, Illinois
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223 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“well organized once in a lifetime event”
Reviewed 1 April 2014

wanted to experience the water in a different way and had heard about this event. Turned into a great adventure with a little bit of alligator access before and then a fun hour on the river and marshes. we didn't see a lot of alligator (it was cold and still very early in the season), but there was lots of education and a little bit of nature to hold the attention of the adults and the experience of gliding across the shallows was really great. The kids sitting in the front row even got a little wet, which I think they secretly enjoyed.

Visited March 2014
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Chicago, IL
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155 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Great Fun”
Reviewed 22 March 2014

Another thing on our bucket list and we are so glad we went. Great fun, we happened to have a beautifully sunny day - did not see any alligators out there but lots of fun nevertheless. Definitely worth the time and money.

Visited March 2014
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Oakville, ON
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28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Memorable fun”
Reviewed 2 November 2013

This is a fun attraction for adults and kids of all ages. It includes an air-boat tour and an alligator show. Beware that the second part (alligators sightseeing) is a seasonal activity. When an average air temperature drops below 75F/27C (beginning or mid October) alligators prepare for hibernation and hide. So there still will be a great air-boat tour but most likely you would not see alligators however other wildlife creatures like birds and dolphins are still out there so make sure you get your cameras and binoculars. During the off-season there will be no Bubba The Alligator show (they won't warn you about that so ask to make sure). This company also hosts an alligator farm and they will let you see and make pictures with baby alligators even off-season. The captain who drives an air-boat is a lot of fun and a real virtuoso so prepare for a rolling-coaster like experience on the water.

Visited October 2013
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Louisville, Kentucky
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4 reviews
“Money Well Spent!!”
Reviewed 8 October 2013

We can't say enough about how fantastic this place was. The guide was personable, friendly and just simply "fun". We booked our trip early in the morning for noon the same day. After checking in, we walked around the back lot where there were several pins of gators to see. After the other guests checked in, the guide took out a gator for everyone to hold / take photos with. Then we all got back into our cars and crossed the highway to a boat ramp where we boarded the airboat. Our 8 year old daughter was permitted to sit next to the guide in the captain's seats. She had the time of her life. He drove us along the creeks and streams (fast and full of twists and dips... AWESOME!!) while stopping to tell us about the wildlife and teaching us about the habitat. Though we weren't able to find any gators in the wild on this trip, we did see dolphins, crabs and cranes. We brought along cameras but I'd recommend caution as we did get splashed a little. Our only complaint was that we didn't want the trip to end. It was expensive but well worth it.
PS... Don't forget to bring tip money for your boat captain. It'll be well earned :)

Visited October 2013
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Gambrills, Maryland
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69 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Best fun and day of the week!”
Reviewed 25 August 2013

CPT Rick helped us plan a day of fun-he generously let us use his place for Nonie's Ark Animal Encounter and then had a thrilling ride on his airboat where we saw an 8 foot alligator swimming in the wild-our boat CPT Mike knew all the places to go to see wild alligators!! He also educated us on the local land and wildlife and was hilarious! He thrilled all of us by splashing us with water when he did "wheelies" with the airboat!! What fun!! After the ride- we went back to the AirBoat Adventure Office where we held live baby alligators and got to kiss and hug Bubba-a truly amazing live alligator who will steal your heart-you should see David pick him up(185 pounds) and hug him when Bubba wants some daddy time!! David told some pretty funny stories about living with an alligator and how his smallest dog puts Bubba in place! A HUGE Thank you to CPT Rick for his un-equaled generosity and his patriotism to American Military!!!!!!!!!!

Visited August 2013
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