Propelled by an above-water fan, airboats provide nautical transit without the risk that motors will get tangled in kelp or inspire kelp to develop the automobile. Help maintain aquatic balance with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $45 for a 75-minute airboat tour for two (up to a $90 value)
- $85 for a 75-minute airboat tour for four (up to a $180 value)<p>
Loughman Lake Lodge’s U.S. Coast Guard–certified captains lead airboat tours past sun-soaked sites. Drawing from immense knowledge of the surrounding areas, guides work to search out wildlife based on requests from the group, which typically contains about six or eight people. Clients should arrive 30 minutes before the tour’s departure to assemble self-help pamphlets for flipped-over turtles and board the boat in time.
Loughman Lake Lodge
Airboats launch from Loughman Lake Lodge deep into St. Johns River, skimming atop the swamplands at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour. Onboard, adventurous sightseers pay rapt attention to Coast Guard–certified captains and native Floridians as they narrate the boat’s travels within earshot of alligators, turtles, and eagles. Loughman Lake Lodge itself was built in the 1950s and recently restored to its former glory. It now plays host to a waterfront restaurant, where diners can feast on local delicacies including gator tail and Florida catfish while sucking down beers on the outdoor deck. Fully furnished, air-conditioned cabins, RV sites, and tent camping offer myriad sleeping options for guests looking for a break from traffic, noise, and squirrels asking for directions to the nearest acorn buffet. Fishers can hook edible souvenirs at the lodge's prime bait spots, and shoppers can snag more permanent catches while perusing the gift shop.