I Googled free and inexpensive things to do in Orlando Florida. Seems like all the free things were farther away than we wanted to drive, so I looked up the admission price for SeaWorld, YIKES! It's more than Universal Studios. We didn't want to go that badly, besides, we had to clean up and re-pack all of our stuff, and if we go someplace with a high admission price, we stay the whole day. It's just what we do, (remember...I'm cheap!)
Ever since we've been going to Florida, which has been about 13 years (odd years only) I've been seeing adds for Everglade airboat rides. I thought it looked pretty cheesy and I never wanted to pay that much for five of us to do something that cheesy. Well, my hubby and I decided to give it a try. It was close by, didn't involve a lot of time, and the price was okay for two of us. There are a lot of adds for Boggy Creek Airboat Rides, which are the most expensive, so I made sure I picked a different one.
We decided on Wild Willy's Airboat Tours, the only one on the east side of the lake, an hour tour and the best price. Just what I look for!
This is one of the airboats they own, although it isn't used for group tours, because it only seats two people.
We had an hour long tour that took us into different areas of Lake Tohopekaliga. We saw a 13' female surrounded by babies of varying ages. Those babies are just cute! The female ignored us, but I believe if we had been stupid enough to set foot on the bog, she would have made her presence quite known to us.
He got us really close to a 14' male too.
Here's a second female.
She was NOT happy with us, she hissed VERY loudly. Look at those teeth!!
Here is another large male.
He guided the boat through flocks of birds that flapped their wings and ran on the water to get out of the way. There were several different kinds of birds...ducks, herons, cormorants. We also saw a snake, although I can't remember what kind it was.
At the end he let anyone that wanted, hold a baby alligator. My hubby and Imissed our reserved tour because someone doesn't know his directions, so we had some time to kill before the next tour. A woman that worked there asked if we wanted to hold an alligator and my hubby jumped at the chance. I wasn't going to do it, but they both ganged up on me (I'm a push over) and I am so glad I did. I thought it was going to feel like a snake, warm and firm and smooth, but while it was warm, it was sort of squishy and soft.
How cute is this???
So what I thought was going to be a cheesy thing to do, turned out to be really cool, and very informative. I would definitely do this again.