Here’s a new post on TripAdvisor – we love that these customers commented about nothing being “staged” or planted. Showing you wildlife in their natural environment is what we do best!
My wife and I were on our honeymoon and decided to try Spirit of the Swamp after reading some really positive reviews. We were not disappointed – we saw a couple of large gators and many babies.
As our Captain (Harold) pointed out, this is not Disneyland, there are no staged animals, nothing is ‘placed’ or planted as a deliberate attraction. The lake and surrounding area is approx 20,000 acres and in such a large area, the gators will either appear or they won’t – they can’t be forced.
The scenery however is beautiful and Harold was a fantastic Captain. Very informative, receives questions very well and drives the boat in such a way that you stand a great chance of seeing the wildlife instead of zooming past it. He also stopped the boat for us to take a picture of us and had a small Q&A. We also loved that the headsets allow him to talk to you during the ride and as you have a microphone as well, you can ask him questions along the way.
Overall we were more than satisfied with the trip. I’d say to anyone looking to do an airboat ride, remember that this is nature and you should never go expecting to see dozens of alligators. As Harold said, this isn’t staged so don’t be disappointed if you don’t see any. But we’d definitely go back and would love to take another boat with Harold.