Reel Kind Fishing charters boats on which adventurers explore backwater wetlands, protected freshwater, and saltwater regions that are home to diverse marine life. Along with licensed and experienced captains, the company supplies rods, reels, tackle, and bait, ensuring that even novice fishers can participate. Tour-takers might nab snook, redfish, spotted seatrout, and tarpon, the four of which can be housed together in a jumbo aquarium for a fish reality show, as long as a sassy blowfish joins the mix. Each boat seats up to three people for half-days, three-quarter days, or full days, with the vessels heading either inshore or offshore near the Gulf of Mexico. Explorers might bring a hat, sunglasses, snacks, and jackets, according to the weather, and smocks depending on how neatly their co-tourists can eat.
From a distance, it's possible to mistake a flyboarder for a dolphin arcing gracefully into the air and then plummeting back into the ocean. Such is the dynamic beauty of Florida Flyboards' fleet of jetpack-like devices, which strap around riders' feet and then send them shooting up to 30 feet in the air. Handheld stabilizers help boarders control their trajectory as they skip across the waves or try to catch passing albatross.
Driving a motor vehicle into a swamp generally sounds like a recipe for disaster, unless the vehicle in question is a swamp buggy. Outfitted with balloon tires and gun racks, swamp buggies originated in the 1930s as a mode of hunting in Naples’ otherwise impenetrable bogs. Years later, buggy owners started an off-season tradition to complement their hunting: swamp-buggy racing. For more than 60 years, Swamp Buggy Races has kept the tradition alive, growing from informal competitions held in muddy potato patches to a thrice-yearly event at Florida Sports Park. Drivers zoom around a track dubbed the Mile O’ Mud, dotted with sinkhole-like “sippy holes” that can only be traversed with sufficient horsepower or with help from a chivalrous man willing to lay down his sturdy coat. As buggies whir past, fans cheer on their favorite buggy from grandstand-style seats and delight in the race’s finale, the Swamp Buggy Queen’s Annual Mudbath, in which the year’s beauty pageant queen is dunked in the track’s sloppiest segment.
The folks at Allure Adventures turn covered pontoon boats into veritable time machines. Manned by a Coast Guard Certified captain, the cozy watercraft cruises the Barron River and out into the Everglades National Park. Folks take in a prehistoric landscape teeming with massive flora, water fowl, alligators, and D.B. Cooper disguised as a swamp thing. The crew's four tours vary in spots visited and duration, and focus on activities such as hunting for seashells on a secluded island or watching the sunset from the comfort of the boat's hull.