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Wild Florida declares National Gator Day and National Airboat Day

by Susan and Simon Veness

Who’s ready to celebrate National Airboat Day? And how about National Gator Day? Well, thanks to Wild Florida in Osceola County, you will be able to enjoy both this year, with big airboat ride savings for visitors, too.

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People across the U.S. can now commemorate National Airboat Day on Feb. 19 and National Gator Day on May 29. And, to celebrate the occasion, Wild Florida is offering locals and tourists 50 percent off all of their regular priced airboat tours this Friday (Feb 19), as well as BOGO free 30 min airboat tours. To redeem, guests only need to wish Wild Florida’s staff “Happy Airboat Day!”

The two special days, which have both been recognized by the National Day Archives, are the brainchild of Wild Florida co-owner Sam Haught, and are aimed at highlighting the importance of alligators in Florida’s ecosystem and the ability of airboats to provide safe, close-up views of these misunderstood animals.

Girl touching an alligator
Attractions Magazine Reporter Haley Cobb hesitantly touches an alligator at Wild Florida (pre-pandemic).

Haught explained, “To all of us at Wild Florida, these two days go hand in hand. It’s our mission to help people better understand alligators, and the best way to go see them in the wild is aboard one of our airboats.”

Wild Florida offers a variety of tours, from 30 minutes to one hour, including night rides, all in private or controlled groups. All airboat excursions also include admission to their Gator Park. In addition, Wild Florida offers interactive experiences, hands-on animal encounters, and adventure packages that allow guests to explore Florida’s natural wildlife. 

The company has been offering various close-up eco-tours to help connect guests with the state’s natural environment for more than 10 years now, with their airboat captains taking guests across the ecosystems of beautiful Cypress Lake and its small estuaries. 

Airboats are ideally suited to this role thanks to their ability to glide over land and water without damaging the environment. This also allows the airboat captains to point out more than 80 different species of wildlife in these headwaters of the Everglades, including the American alligator, which numbers in the thousands in Florida.

You can also learn more about Wild Florida at WildFL.com.

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Tiff Gregers December 15, 2021 - 4:09 pm

How great that you mention that there is a national airboat day. My son’s birthday is this summer and we are throwing a big birthday bash. I will find a great place for airboat rides in the area.

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