Feel the thrill of getting close to Florida’s wildlife on an exciting airboat ride. The best way to see the Withlacoochee River is by boat and airboats provide a unique way to observe the river’s many native species. Airboats are a type of flat-bottomed boat powered by a propeller and engine. They are common in marshy areas where other types of boats may not be as effective and they can navigate shallow water especially well.
Airboat tours are typically geared toward eco-tourism and feature wildlife viewing and lectures about the local ecosystem. Most commonly, airboat tours allow viewing of alligators up close, bald eagles in their native habitat, and a host of turtle and bird species. Voice activated headsets allow passengers to listen to the knowledgeable captain as they speak about the river, the native species, and Florida’s amazing natural resources. The headsets also allow passengers to ask questions and learn about the fascinating protected habitats that can only be found in Florida.
Many airboat services understand that tourists want a hands on experience and fun photos to show the folks back home. This is why they often have a few “pets” at their visitor center, such as baby alligators and snakes, that can be handled.
Our Inverness hotel is located less than 10 miles from Wild Bill’s Airboat Rides and only 20 minutes from Airboat Tours of Homosassa on the Gulf Coast. To find out more about Inverness airboat rides or to book a tour, please check out the links below
Wild Bill’s Airboat Rides*Inverness, FL*(352) 726-6060
Airboat Tours of Homosassa*Homosassa, FL*(352) 628-5222
Tom & Jerry’s Airboat Rides*Lake Panasoffkee, FL*(321) 689-8918
Riverside Airboat Tours*Homosassa, FL*(352) 628-1197
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