When French native Joel Martin was young, his family moved to Africa. While there, Joel learned to stalk many jungle creatures including crocodiles with the help of his Malgache friends. Years later, in 1995, Martin packed up his own family and moved them to Florida, where the heat and humidity reminded him of his beloved childhood in Africa. Today he owns and operates Black Hammock Adventures, located near some of Orlando's busiest attractions, and charters picturesque airboat rides on the waters of Lake Jesup. His boat, equipped with Goliath's desk fan, skims earplugged riders past lake fauna at speeds of up to 45 miles per hour. During rides, experienced guides pilot the vessel safely through narrow creeks and shallow wetlands, and help tourists to spot wildlife and at times, sunning reptiles. After zooming by the scenery, guests can stop by Black Hammock's free wildlife exhibit, enjoy a lively libation at the Lazy Gator Bar with live music every weekend, sit down at the full service restaurant featuring Executive Chef Barth that is known for its fried gator tail, or hand over their cameras as they pose for pictures with a live baby alligator or barter for an autograph with hunks of raw meat.
Take a trip to Bonfires Bar & Grill in Oviedo and make your next meal a good one.
Find time to peruse the wine list here — this restaurant offers a variety of drink options.
Having trouble finding that family-friendly restaurant everyone will love? This restaurant serves all ages, so little ones are welcome to come along, too.
Score happy hour deals and steals at Bonfires Bar & Grill.
Need to catch up on some work or the latest news? Get online at Bonfires Bar & Grill with their complimentary wifi.
On warmer days, you can take advantage of Bonfires Bar & Grill's al fresco patio seating.
You'll want to save quiet conversations for another spot, though — the restaurant can get noisy.
Weekend diners, beware! The restaurant is busiest on Friday and Saturday, so getting seated will take some time.
Bonfires Bar & Grill welcomes laid-back diners, so there's no pressure to throw on heels or a tie.
Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
At Bonfires Bar & Grill, drivers will appreciate the ample parking options in the area.
Bonfires Bar & Grill's diners can store their bikes safely at the rack around the corner.
Prices are affordable, with a typical meal running under $30.
Hungry for all-American cuisine? Visit Hitching Post for all of your favorite American dishes.
Health nuts will be pleased with the menu at Hitching Post, which includes a number of fresh, nutritious items.
Your group can sit comfortably at Hitching Post, a local restaurant.
Keep it casual at Hitching Post — the restaurant is laid-back and patrons dress accordingly.
You can also have Hitching Post cater your next event.
With a parking lot adjacent to Hitching Post, you won't get stuck circling the block.
Meals at Hitching Post are affordable, with the average tab amounting to about $30 per person.
What's your favorite meal of the day? Chow down on breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Hitching Post and taste test your way through the menu.
A hearty salad, juicy burger, or classic chicken — all of your favorite American dishes will be made fresh when you head to Hitching Post.
The view of Florida wildlife from the lakeview terrace at The Lazy Gator Bar needs
no food or drinks to make it worthwhile. Over buckets of beers and colorful mixed drinks resting on tables, the setting sun casts an orange-pink glow that adds a charming touch to the airboats coming in from a tour. This glow even makes the 8- and 9-foot-long alligators—who soak in a pool at the live gator and bird exhibit adjoining Black Hammock Gift Shop—look friendly. Waiters bring out bar snacks from the restaurant, while guests to linger over drinks as bands play live music on weekends.
Hookah enthusiasts will enjoy the relaxing vibe of Meridian Hookah Lounge.
Expect to wait longer for weekday service as the after-work crowd tends to fill the restaurant.
Parking is accessible and not far from the restaurant.
If you go out for a nice meal, it doesn't need to cost $100, come treat yourself at Meridian Hookah Lounge.
For quality time with friends, head to Meridian Hookah Lounge for some tasty Hookah and great conversation.
At Guru Hookah Lounge, the hours from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. pass languidly through clouds of delicious hookah smoke. It's not just a place to puff on premium shisha, however. It's also an epicenter of local culture, with music from local bands and paintings by local artists. And the space is made for lingering, thanks to the comfy sofas, premium air-filtering system, and free WiFi.