Since the dawn of humanity, man has longed to conquer the ocean, which is why the invention of the boat was followed swiftly by the adoption of the high-five. Celebrate man’s triumphs with today’s Groupon to Airboat and Gator Charters in Deleon Springs. Choose from the following options:
- For $25, you get a 90-minute airboat tour for one (a $50 value).
- For $50, you get a 90-minute airboat tour for two (a $100 value).
- For $85, you get a 90-minute airboat tour for four (a $200 value).<p>
Led by United States Coast Guard–licensed Captain Joshua Mattson, Airboat and Gator Charters’ 90-minute tours glide smoothly through warm marshes and lakes in search of photogenic alligators and other Florida wildlife. Custom tours refuse to follow a set route, instead adhering to the travel wishes of each small sightseeing group and the traffic regulations spelled out by reeds. Expeditions pause for photo ops with fauna such as alligators, bald eagles, and manatees, and Captain Mattson adds narration to stunning vistas through Piratecom headsets. Spring, summer, and fall tours launch east of Sanford and flow through the tributaries and swamps of the Middle St. Johns River, and winter outings cruise leisurely from Spring Garden Lake across the DeLeon Spring Run and into Lakes Dexter and Woodruff. Tour takers seeking rare snapshots of manatees brushing their teeth may schedule a sunrise or sunset start.
Adventurers depart aboard Captain Mattson’s 2009 DiamondBack Airboat, a vessel that powers through the wetscape with a 425-horsepower engine while keeping its passengers comfortable and dry. Sightseers wishing to immortalize their journey should bring their own cameras, although the crew keeps a digital device on-boat for emergency smile attacks and will email pics to customers the next day. Sunblock and sunglasses help protect day-trippers, and bug spray and flamethrowers aid night jaunters desiring mosquito-free fun. After locating shoes that don’t mind a little mud, tour takers can reserve their preferred time slot over the phone.
760 Tedders Ct.
Deleon Springs, Florida 32130