If you have never been on an Airboat Ride before you are in for an aquatic adventure. I recently went out for the first time in Vero Beach with Florida Cracker Airboat Rides. This family run business is headed up by Captain Lawrence, one of the most knowledgeable guys around. He should be, he has been air-boating for over 35 years.
Florida Cracker owns two airboats. One boat seats nine passengers, the other seats eleven. Both are powered by airplane engines which propel the boats around the marsh at high speeds. At times you will feel like you are hovering just above the water. Before you climb on board you will be given a special life preserver, some basic instructions, and a headset. Not only can you hear the Captain as he narrates your trip, but because the headphones also have microphones you will be able to communicate with him as well as the other passengers during the tour.
What You Will See
As Captain Lawrence steers the airboat in and out of the swamp channels, he will slow down and point out the various species of wildlife that live in the marsh. Expect to learn a bit about the history about the St. Johns River as well.
Airboat Ride Advice
A professionally guided airboat tour is a great way to get out on the water and learn about the Florida eco-system. Whether you are a first-timer or veteran, I would highly recommend taking an airboat ride with Florida Cracker.
- Wear shorts and a t-shirt. No skirts ladies.
- Put on sunscreen. Sunglasses too.
- You can wear a hat. Your headset will fit right over it.
- Bring a camera with a strap. Leave your bags behind.
- Keep your mouth closed. You wouldn’t want to swallow a dragonfly.
Disclosure: This complimentary activity was provided by the Indian River County CVB. No other compensation was received for this review. This post reflects the honest opinion of my experience without outside influence.