Before finding protection by airboat manufacturers, airplane propellers were relentlessly hunted in the wild to make trophies for airplane museums and retired pilots. Support propeller-conservation efforts with today's Groupon: for $20, you get a one-hour airboat tour from Wild Willy's Airboat Tours in Saint Cloud (up to a $39.25 value). Tours depart from the wetland docks seven days a week during the company's regular tour schedule. Children 2 years old and younger receive free admission.
Wild Willy's Airboat Tours' licensed captains usher riders over 23,000 acres of Lake Tohopekaliga waters to get a glimpse of wildlife and natural wetlands during one-hour narrated tours. After a 10- to 15-minute safety talk, groups of up to six passengers board the Coast Guard–approved, 500-horsepower airboat and head out in search of elusive critters and even more elusive animal-stashed pirate treasure. Stadium seating ensures that everyone gets a view of the alligators, bald eagles, great blue herons, and endangered snail kites that wander past as the captain imparts informational wildlife tidbits. Before leaving Wild Willy's Airboat Tours' confines, customers can strike a pose or reenact Captain Hook's fairy-tale finale in a photo session with the tour's pintsize alligators at no additional cost.
Though Wild Willy's Airboat Tours sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
Wild Willy's Airboat Tours
There’s nothing like skimming across Lake Tohopekaliga’s surface, propelled by a 500hp fan. That’s the thrilling experience offered by the Wild Willy’s Airboat Tours, which drift in the gentle marsh to catch sights of great blue herons, 12-foot alligators, snails, and other native creatures. All the while, your guide will provide expert information on the lake and the surrounding terrain, plus help you spot the wildlife.
While other tour guides pack groups into 12-passenger boats, Wild Willy’s keeps it passenger numbers low to reduce weight and increase speed. Up to six guests can board one of the airboat, which sail past reeds and Spanish moss before. Afterwards, you can take pictures with resident baby gators Thunder and Half-Stripe in the visitors’ center. And safety is a major focus at Wild Willy’s—guests should arrive 15 minutes before their tour time to receive a Coast Guard-required talk about safety.
4715 Kissimmee Park Rd.
Saint Cloud, Florida 34772