One-Hour Airboat Ride on Lake Panasoffkee
Strap into a boat powered by an airplane propeller and go. Glide through the mucky swamp, searching for alligators and other wildlife during a thrilling airboat adventure on Lake Panasoffkee.
What You Will Do
- Zip through the scenic backwoods of central Florida, gliding along swamps and marshes for an adventure you'll never forget
- Ride along Lake Panasoffkee, searching for local wildlife including snakes, turtles and alligators—and take close-up photos to commemorate your experience
- See a part of Florida where only airboats are able to take you, giving you an exciting opportunity that can't be found elsewhere
- Enjoy cruising with a professional United States Coast Guard-certified captain with over 50 years experience working with airboats
- One-hour airboat tour with very friendly and knowledgeable captain
Please wear comfortable clothes. Alcohol and swim suits are not permitted. Please wear flip flops or other comfortable shoes—and be ready to have a great adventure. We have drinks, snacks, ice cream and souvenirs for purchase. Tour is wheelchair accessible, except on the boat. Please, no smoking on the boat.
Tour operates rain or shine as long as there is no lightning.
- 511 Ratings
Rain and threat of lightning shortened the one hour boat ride to just 30 minutes. I feel there should have been some kind of concession offered, such as perhaps a 1/3 discount on our next ride. That aside, we were very pleased with the experience, especially the part holding the alligator, Earl.
Capt. Ron is very knowledgeable and passionate about the area and the gators which makes for a very enjoyable experience.
Capt Ron was great and the ride was alot of fun. We had the boat all to ourselves so it was personal and relaxing. We didn't see alot of gators, but that was not shocking given the time of day (noon) we did our tour. Our boys loved getting to hold a gator and can't stop talking about the experience!
My husband and I went a week ago had the most amazing time! Neither one of us have been on an airboat so that was an experience all in itself! The tour by captain Ron was humeruous, and very knowledgeable! We learned a lot! And saw some amazing wildlife! I think our favorite part was being able to hold he 4 year old alligator Earl! What an awesome experience! Pamela and her son Kyle were so great in giving us all the information they did on how they’ve raise there gators! Had such an amazing fun time we went back a week later to take our son! Who had the time of his life on the airboat as well as holding Ally the alligator!! Thank you guys for such a fun amazing experience! Can’t wait to come back! And gooooo Dawgs :)
Captain Ron is entertaining and informative. Always have a great time and is where we always take visiting guests who never been on an air boat
The tour was great, we never expected it to be so beautiful. The owner was very informative and we never felt he was in a hurry to finish the tour.
Fun and interesting guide. Equipment is very nice and staff is all very friendly. Enjoyable experience.
Capt Ron was great and we loved the airboat ride. We were just a bit disappointed that we didn't see more gators, birds, etc.
enjoyed holding the gator. wished we could have seen more gators and other wildlife. Boat Captain was great. He knows his stuff. He was very interesting.
I would have liked and appreciated more airboat riding and less stopping ... but the owners are awesome and definitely would and will recommend them and their awesome crew ...Thanks Pam, Captain Ron and Omg I truly forgot your name...
The entire staff was pleasant and knowledgeable. The Captain was knowledgeable and was obviously a steward of the lake and surrounding environment. Interesting and fun!!
Great adventure with great hosts
We were quite pleased with our adventure and would recommend your Airboat Ride to others however my grandson and I were hoping for a little more speed for a longer time on the open water.
Very informative and well done.
They know there stuff
Knowledgeable guide. Our grandson enjoyed holding the alligator! Thanks again.
This was such an awesome experience for my family from start to finish. Captain Ron was very knowledgeable about the lake and the wildlife on it. He knew great spots to see gators both big and small. The ride itself was perfect with both slow and fast speeds. The photo op with the live gator was amazing! The owner showed lots of affection to the gator the entire time.I highly recommend this experience to anyone visiting Florida!
Very informative. The owner and his wife are great to chat with. The tour itself was very pretty and the guide knew each gator there.
Capt and Mrs Ron do an awesome job!
Had a great time! Left you an awesome Trip Advisor review too!
Captain Ron and his wife were extremely nice and gave very informative interaction. Definitely would do it again
It was our first time, we had a blast!
Pam and her “baby “ were very gracious with the picture taking and the chance to cuddle the little one. We recommend this adventure highly.
We had a blast!! They are wonderful people to boot.
It was a great experience, I couldn’t of asked for anything better. We had so much fun and I loved the ride and the history that we got with it was great. We loved that they let us hold one of their alligators. I would recommend swamp fever to everyone. Plus the price was perfect. I will be doing it every time I come to Florida!
Great one do it
My family came down and done the ride. They loved it. They said they would do it again when they come back down. We are planning on coming labor day weekend. The owner and his wife is very friendly and they remember who we are.
It was a lot of fun, weaving back and forth thru the channels. We experienced the beauty of the natural environment and wildlife. Capt. Ron gave us a very interesting and informative ride! I will definitely bring more guests!
Really enjoyed the ride. A first time for my granddaughter. Could have seen a few more Crocs but that's not your fault. All in all it was fun
I came here with my mom, mother in law, and brother in law on a short trip to FL. We were looking for something fun and interesting to do and this DEFINITELY lives up to that! Our captain was very professional and very knowledgeable! He always pointed out a gator, small or large, and slowed or stopped the boat so we could get a better look! He knew exactly the places to go where certain gators hang out. He shared stories of personal experiences and was just all around a WONDERFUL guide! The part of the experience that I was probably most excited about, was the opportunity to hold a live gator! I expected it to be a super super tiny gator (which I still would have been really excited about) but this gator was probably 3-4 feet long! The captains wife led us through this part of the experience after the boat tour was over. She was also very professional, very knowledgeable, and very friendly. The way they kept the gators was spotless and humane, and you can definitely tell they love and have huge respect for the animals they keep. I come to FL once a year to visit family and I would absolutely love to come back! I highly reccomend choosing this airboat tour over the other ones that are also close by not only because it was the most affordable, but it was an extremely FUN and EDUCATIONAL experience for all ages!
We had terrible weather.
All around perfect day! Our group ranged from 10 to 70 years old and everyone had a blast. No need to look any further, this is the trip for you.
Capt Ron gave us an awesome tour. We had guest in from California and he educated us all with his knowledge of gators. We'll be back when our next guest arrive. Great tour and a great boat ride. And Earl was adorable. Thank you
Awesome Airboat ride! Very professional, very informative, and lots of fun.! Everyone was very friendly, and took the time to answer all questions.will be back to enjoy it again! Thank you!
- James P
We had a grate time seeing all the wild life & the air boat ride
Perfect! Tons of fun, educational, passionate... the best !
Lots of wildlife .
Had a good time, unfortunately that there is a drought. We would like to do that s again when the weather has been favorable.
Wonderfully knowledgeable guide and a beautiful ride around very scenic parts of the lake. I felt safe on the boat and they offered ear protection. Unfortunately, we didn't actually see what the guide said was "normal" due to our early time slot. (10:30) and a few other factors. That was mildly disappointing but understandable and uncontrollable. The up close alligator encounter after the boat ride made up for it a bit. We would certainly go again!
Captain Ron was great. Gave good information