Had a good time on our first airboat ride at Lone Cabbage Fish Camp. Saw a TON of 'gators, a few tons worth of cattle, a turtle, and a couple of bald eagles. Had to endure the boat driver's political opinions, which we could have done without, but still overall a very entertaining experience. We got to try deep-fried alligator tail after the ride, too.
The Lone Cabbage Airboat Camp was a short drive from the port, and the company that handled our transportation made the drive entertaining. The airboat ride was fun and VERY informative, we saw tons of wildlife.
Enjoy snacking on fried alligator when we got back, and also took in a short animal show, which was presented by a not-for-profit that rescues exotic pets. It was all very informative and fun, very low key, and I felt very much at home.
FAR better than paying full price for an Orlando Theme park for a third of a day, with a two-hour transit on either side. We were back on the ship six hours before everyone else, and had the thing to ourselves!
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.
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