Since we had to go through Kissimmee to get to the Boggy Creek Airboat venue, we figured we'd stop back at Ponderosa after the ride. If you're not far from Kissimmee, Ponderosa is worth a try for a decent meal and buffet.
Sorry, onto the airboats. The Boggy Creek Airboat suppliers have a website, that tells you most of what you'd probably need to know (map, fees, schedules, etc.) and provides contact information if you have any other questions. But good heavens, it really doesn't do itself justice!
My bigger concern was for my husband. He wanted to go (he loves boating and we've owned a speed boat for much of our married life) but his recent surgeries (neck, back, hip replacement) coupled with his other health concerns (heart) really made us wonder if he could do the trip without being re-injured or causing some other physical issue (we also weren't sure he could get on and off the boat). As it turned out, they said he'd be able to manage boarding and de-boarding, but they weren't sure about the back/neck thing. Depending on how windy the day is, the water can be rough, and boats can bounce a lot. That day was was fairly calm with nearly no wind, so we paid for our tickets and entered the park.
There's a good-sized covered pavilion where you can wait your turn at the air boat. There are several boats running at a time, and you're given a time when you purchase your ticket. For us the fees were about $55 US for two seniors - we didn't buy the add-on feature for Gatorland (we see gators every day at the resort here) but they have that option, and they have prices for families and groups as well. Check their site for the fees.
These birds eat only snails ... a certain kind of snail. It was really tough to get a decent shot of this bird, because of the tree branches. The snails that it eats hatch from these weird pinkish pods growing on trees in the wetlands areas. One of these ponds can have something like 20,000 snails hatch from it. Sorry about the pictures - I was in the last row of the airboat's seats (so, there's heads in the way of my camera).
The other thing that really astonished me were the cows ... neck deep in the water some of them. I'd never seen this before. I mean, we live in cow country back home - every field has a heard of cows, but I've never seen them even step in a puddle, let alone wade in up to their bellies and necks, but the wetlands were full of cows. I nearly fell out of the boat trying to get a picture the first time I saw a cow.
All-in-all, this is a trip we'd recommend to anyone who can handle the boat ride.
More Pictures from the Day
And, finally ... our little mementos.