Our last stop was Port Canaveral. We booked the airboat ride with drop off at the airport. The airboat was fine, but it was 47 degrees when we left shore, and wildlife, especially gators, do not like cold weather. We did not see any gators and saw only a few birds and cows. This excursion likely works much better in warmer weather.
I loved the airboat tour. We saw bald eagles, alligators, all kinds of birds and the weather was perfect. The beer tour (the Florida Beer Co.) was very interesting and the beer samples were good; however, that part of the tour was too long in my opinion. I wouldn't skip it altogether, but I would have loved to have stayed out in the swamp longer and still have time for the sampling. Our guide arranged for a few of us to go back after the tasting and others stayed and seemed to enjoy the time there.
The airboat excursion was 3 hours however only 20 minutes were on the airboat. Then we spent over an hour listening to an animal rescue group describe the animals it helps and they brought a few to show. For a donation you could hold them. This took too much time and I would have liked more time on the airboat.
Loved the ride. Like so many reviews that I have read, it is way too short. We were the first ride of the day. We were told that because it was early in the morning, we were able to see so many gators (eight). As the sun rose higher, the gators tended to go under water to stay cool.
We did the Airboat ride at the Midway. I can't say enough about how awesome our guide was. We were expecting a turn and burn across the wetlands but got the history of the area, he sought out gators, birds, etc. We didn't book this off the boat, but if you can go, I highly recommend it. Also if you ask for Capt Ed he won't let you down on the experience. Lastly, you will be greeted at the door by Porkchop the pig and can actually hold Willie the gator. Great, great time.
The airboat ride in Midland, Fla. was a lot of fun, but was shorter than we had expected. We did, however, see lots of great wildlife, including 6 or 7 huge alligators. The second part of the tour was a side-of-the-road wildlife park that offered education sessions, a pontoon boat ride and animal show. The staff was extremely passionate and you can tell they care a lot about what they are doing. Try the deep fried gator bites - they're a great local treat!
Getting through the port at Port Canaveral is a bit of a hike, but once you're on the beautiful air-conditioned bus it's smooth sailing. The Air Boat tour is great fun and you really do see some amazing wildlife. One thing I wouldn't do again is the Cocoa Beach add-on--it was just too much for one day and we didn't get much fun out of it.
We had to wait awhile for all the passengers to report to our bus but our guide and ride to the facility were fantastic. Airboat driver was nice and informative, had a lot of fun and only saw one gator in the water due to the heat but did see a lot of cows, different birds and a turtle. Tasting alligator was fun and delicious but then while holding a rescued gator I felt guilty for eating it.... The Animal rescue show was very nice and I didn't mind giving a donation to the program in exchange for holding one of the animals and getting pictures. Free non-alcoholic beverage included as well. Definitely recommend this as we had time afterwards to visit the surf shop and swim at Cocoa Beach for only a $12 taxi ride round trip.
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