19 Mar 2018

Airboat Rides

Airboat rides of Fort lauderdale is proud to be the number one airboat ride company on Trip Advisor Fort lauderdale. Our company is family owned and operated and has been in business for over 33 years. We are true gladesman who love what we do and enjoy sharing that experience with visitors from all over the world.  Our family was doing airboat rides before airboating in Florida became popular back when there were only a few airboat tour companys in south Florida.

Captain Wayne Gilbert the founder of our company grew up in South Florida and started doing airboat tours at age 17. The love and passion for the Florida Everglades is what started the company back in 1980. Today with three locations and several boats it has become a family business with private airboat tours ranging from one hour to three hours. Our main Goal is to educate every visitor and at the same time make sure they have an enjoyable trip on there airboat ride in the Everglades.

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Airboat rides in Everglades

 

In the early 1900s, there were no airboat rides in the Everglades. The area that now lies between Fort Lauderdale  and Naples including  the National Park was considered a undesirable area.  The residents of south Florida and the first tycoons planned to develop the Everglades and commercialize it. Little did they know the most important factor of this Eco system was the water. This is what started the push for Its preservation, but that is another story.

The first so called airboat built outside of the United states was built by Alexander graham bell in 1905 in Canada it was called the ugly duckling. You can look at photos on line and you will see it was basically a pontoon boat with a propeller attached to it. It does not resemble the airboats that were developed in Florida. There is still debate today that Glen Curtis built the first actual airboat built for the swamps of Florida.

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