A History of Airboats

When Were Airboats Created?

Airboats in the Everglades did not exist until after the late 1930s. The area that now lies between Fort Lauderdale and Naples including the National Park was considered an 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 Ecosystem 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. There is still debate today that Glen Curtis built the first actual airboat built for the swamps of Florida.

Airboats in Florida

Glenn Curtis is one of the first to create an airboat in South Florida. Not far behind are a couple of froggers named Johnny Lamb and Russell Howard and this is how the airboat evolved.

Today airboats are far more advanced and used for a variety of things personal watercraft, Law enforcement, and Airboat rides in the Everglades. Many visitors today come from all over the world to experience the River of grass adventure. Boat tour companies have popped up all over Florida in the past several years due to their popularity among tourists. Everglades Airboat Tours are some of the top tourist attractions in Fort Lauderdale Florida.

Airboat rides provide not only a means of transportation across the land but also easier access for tourists to experience the Florida Everglades. In consideration of the conservation of Florida’s largest wetlands, airboat rides in the Everglades are environmentally friendly and educational.  Airboat rides in the Everglades remain one of the most popular ways to explore the national park. They allow for excellent views of wildlife, Alligators, and easy access to the backcountry.

How do airboats work?

Traditional boats float on the surface of the water, with their motor going underneath that surface. Airboats are different. Instead of floating, airboats actually glide above the water, and their motor doesn’t actually make contact with the water. That big propeller at the back pushes enough air for the airboat to glide fast and smoothly.  This completely changes the dynamic of your airboat tour.

Instead of just rolling along and causing potential seasickness, the ride is so smooth it feels like a straight glide. The speed and ease of movement make airboats not only the best way to navigate the everglades, but they are also a lot of fun. Far from boring, airboat rides are very thrilling. They easily compare with going on a ride to an attraction park, but again without upsetting your stomach.

An awesome eco-ride

The act of gliding is not only fun, but it is also much better for the environment. You see when you glide above the water, you’re not disturbing the plant and animal life as much as a normal boat does. The airboat goes over the plants, and sometimes even over the animals with disturbing their little day-to-day routine. It is a very important aspect that we are very proud of.

Why are we so proud of airboats? It’s simple, we care a lot about the environment. The Everglades is a fragile ecosystem that has seen many disturbances over the years, and it is in need of great care. From the quality of the water to the preservation of animal species, we do everything possible to maintain this fragile environment.

Eco-tourism plays a great role in keeping the Everglades together while bringing some much-needed income to the local population. It is in fact the best compromise. Being eco-friendly shouldn’t come at the cost of people losing their income and livelihood. For all those reasons, airboats are just the best solution all around. The best part is, they are so much fun that they don’t feel like a compromise at all!

Try airboats for yourself

Enough talk, the best way to understand something is to experience it yourself. You can book an airboat ride with us today and get ready for an awesome time discovering the Everglades. Get ready for a good time using the best method of transportation. Fun, fast, safe, and good for the environment, nothing beats that feeling of gliding over the water at high speeds. We hope to see you soon on your next trip to Fort Lauderdale!

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