When people think of Florida, they may think of the beach, luxury retirement homes, nightclubs, theme parks, and spring breakers. However, Florida has many fun and educational things for the family. Learn about early civilization in St. Augustine, explore the natural springs in North Florida, or enjoy a quiet hunting trip in the Everglades.
Florida also offers many activities for thrill seekers to indulge in, including airboat rides. Get up close and personal with Florida’s wildlife and go on a tour through swampy waters. Feel the wind in your hair while you wave hello to gators, toads, and turtles. You may even see a bald eagle! But before securing your booking, here’s what to bring when exploring on an airboat tour.
Bug Spray Is Essential
It’s essential you bring bug spray when touring Florida’s swampy waters. The mosquitos are ruthless and will find a way to bite you if you’re not careful. Although you won’t face many bugs when on the airboat, you may encounter them when getting on and off. So, bring some bug spray and apply it before heading on the boat to be safe.
Comfort Over Fashion
When visiting Florida, it’s tempting to wear your best shorts and tank tops, but when attending an airboat tour, it’s best to wear comfortable clothing that you don’t mind getting a little wet. We recommend wearing athletic pants and a light jacket due to the boat’s high speeds. The wind and mist can be chilly!
Sunscreen Is a Must
The Florida sun shows no mercy, especially when you don’t wear sunscreen. Boat tours can last up to two hours, and if you’re in the sun, in the middle of the water, it can get hot and humid. While it’s entertaining to see the gators sunbathe, it would be a shame for you to get sunburned.
Wear Close-Toed Shoes
Florida is known for their surprise rain showers; it’s sunny one minute and rainy the next. These surprise showers can happen during your tour, so it’s best to wear close-toed shoes. Doing so will keep your feet dry and safe from blisters—because who wants to walk around with wet feet? We recommend wearing old sneakers or water shoes.
Don’t Forget To Pack a Poncho
There’s a chance you will feel a slight mist from the high speeds during your tour. If you don’t want to get hit with the mist or caught in a surprise rain shower, bring a poncho when exploring the everglades on an airboat tour. If you don’t have a poncho, we recommend wearing a heavy-duty rain jacket.