One of the most popular and thrilling activities for people visiting the Florida Everglades is an airboat ride. There is nothing quite like viewing the unique landscape while gliding across atop its shallow waters with the wind in your hair.
It is such a popular thing that there are establishments all up and down US Highway 41 (Tamiami Trail) that offer this adventurous thrill, whisking you through the Everglades’ river of sawgrass and around its mangrove islands.
Now, John and I had taken airboat rides before, and we thought we knew what to expect on this adventure, but we soon found out that not all airboat rides in the Everglades are created equal.
Don’t get me wrong. Our previous airboat experiences were exciting, fast, and a lot of fun, no question about that, but on this trip to the Everglades, the one we took with Sir Speedy’s took the airboat experience to another level.
You see, I have been on the big airboats that take out about, I don’t know, maybe 20 people. They take you out into open space, go fast and spin you around. Yes, fun and thrilling indeed. I saw birds, gators and got a great view of the Everglades, kind of like from the inside out. Yes, indeed a beautiful view. But…..
I knew this one was different from the get-go. It held only 6 people plus the captain. Ok, smaller boat. It started out the same as the other rides we have taken, but then…. Have you ever flown through a mangrove tunnel? Watch this video, and you will see what I am talking about.
An out of this world ride like no other we had experience before!!
Our airboat adventure was with Sir Speedy’s Airboat Tours in Everglades City. They operate within a private one thousand acre section of the Everglades. Their tours advertise as the only airboat company that offers a ride through both mangrove jungles and grasslands.
Speedy’s Airboat Tours are open Daily 9 am – 5 pm, and they are located at 621 Begonia Street, Everglades City, Florida. For more information call phone: 239-695-4448 or toll-free: 1-800-998-4448
The cost for two on our tour was $92 in total. For your convenience, here is a link to Sir Speedy’s official website, where I noticed that they often offer coupon discounts.
Everglades City is on Florida’s South-West coast about 36 miles south of Naples.
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